Educational Psychology

MS in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Concentration)

USM’s programs prepare students for professional careers in school psychology. The core program of study in school psychology is designed to (a) facilitate students’ acquisition of knowledge about services that promote school-aged children’s academic, social, behavioral, and emotional success and (b) provide opportunities for students to demonstrate the application of evidence-based school psychology assessment, intervention, and consultation skills.

The MS program at USM integrates coursework and field-based experiences. The program requires a total of 84 graduate credits, which include 600 hours of practica and a culminating 1,500 hour internship. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for both state and national certification as specialist-level school psychologists.

 Program Requirements:

The Master of Science (MS) degree is awarded upon completion of the following 84 graduate credits:

Area of Competency

Course (semester hours)

Scientific and professional ethics and standards

SPY 609 (3): Professional Ethics in Psychology

Research design, research methodology, and statistics

EDU 600 (3): Research Methods and Techniques

SPY 602 (3): Single Case Research Methods

Psychometric theory

HCE 605 (3): Psychological Measurement and Evaluation

Biological bases of behavior

SPY 671 (3): Physical Bases of Behavior

Cognitive-affective bases of behavior

SPY 601 (3): Behavioral Principles of Learning

SPY 670 (3): Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Social bases of behavior

SPY 673 (3): Social Foundations of Behavior

Individual differences

HCE 620 (3): Fundamentals of Counseling Theories

HCE 668 (3): Human Development

SPY 674 (3): Psychopathology

SPY 679 (3): Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology

Educational foundations

SED 540 (3): Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education

SPY 610 (3): Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

SED 682 (3): Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team

SPY 620 (3): Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education

Applied (school) psychology

HCE 621 (3): Fundamentals of Counseling Skills

SPY 604 (3): Functional Behavioral Assessment

SPY 606 (3): Principles and Procedures for Behavioral Intervention

SPY 607 (3): Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving

SPY 672 (3): Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills

SPY 675 (3): Indirect Behavioral Assessment

SPY 677 (3): Cognitive Assessment

Supervised field placements

SPY 693 (3): Practicum I

SPY 694 (3): Practicum II

SPY 688 (9): Internship in School Psychology

 Admissions Information:


March 15, 2018 (fall 2018 matriculation)

Admission Process

Complete application packets must be received by the admission deadline listed above. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be selected to participate in a formal, on-site interview. Applicants’ academic history, exam scores, writing samples, professional references, and interview performance will be considered in decision-making for admissions.

Minimum Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements of the University, applicants to the MS in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Concentration) program must meet the following admission requirements:

  • An earned bachelor's degree from an institution of higher learning accredited (at the time the credits were earned) by a regional and/or national accrediting body and recognized as accredited by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program or a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program; and
  • Qualifying Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (See “Testing Requirements” below for details).

Application Materials

A complete application packet includes the following:

  • A submitted online graduate admission application
  • An application fee of $65.00 (waived for Maine residents)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system.
  • A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to study at the graduate level
  • Recommendations are easily submitted using the online application form. Applicants will need to provide the name and email address for each recommender during the application process. After submitting the application, an email will be automatically generated to the recommenders directing them to fill out the electronic letter of recommendation. Appropriate recommenders are professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s performance in academic and/or professional settings.
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • An essay response to the following question: “Why do you seek training in school psychology?”
  • Official GRE scores (see below)
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not first language)
  • Certification of finances (international students only)

Testing Requirements

Applicants to the Educational Psychology program (School Psychology Concentration) must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of application. The minimum combined score for the Verbal and Quantitative tests is 290.  Applicants who do not achieve this minimum score may enclose a letter requesting special consideration and providing evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet minimum GRE score requirements may be denied admission automatically.

For applicants who are English language learners, official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required. The minimum TOEFL score is 79, and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Tk20 Subscription 

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience, and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student before beginning field placements. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website: 

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, or practica through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, or drug screening. In such situations, each student is responsible for obtaining and paying for the background check or other screening process and for delivering required documentation to the facility. Although the University will make reasonable efforts to place admitted students in field experiences and internships, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to work at that facility. Students should further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body. Students may consult the certification body corresponding to their intended occupation for more details. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.