Educational Psychology

MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program prepares graduates for careers as professionally credentialed, specialist-level school psychologists. Specialist-level school psychologists typically deliver assessment, intervention, and consultation services within school settings to promote children’s academic, social-emotional, and behavioral success.

The program of study is designed to align with the standards for professional credentialing established by the Maine Department of Education and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Accordingly, the program integrates coursework and field-based experiences to promote general knowledge in the fields of education and psychology and targeted competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, and applied research. Students also gain competencies in data-based decision-making, collaborative-problem-solving, applied behavior analysis, and ethical-legal standards.

The program of study requires a total of 84 graduate credits, which include 600 hours of practica and a culminating 1,500 hour internship. All courses are scheduled on weekdays in the late afternoon/early evening to accommodate students’ work schedules, and approximately half of the required courses may be completed using distance learning technology. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for both state and national certification as specialist-level school psychologists.

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Concentration) 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

 

Tk20 Subscription

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program at USM and are accepted as a candidate for their internship year are required to subscribe to Tk20 (Watermark), a comprehensive web-based, assessment management and reporting system. Students use Tk20 (Watermark) to provide evidence they have mastered state and professional standards for their profession. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program.  For loan purposes, TK20 (Watermark) is eligible for consideration as part of educational costs.  The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year.  Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation.

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program-completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

Applicant Qualifications

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

  • An earned bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited (at the time the credits were earned) by a regional and/or national accrediting body.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program OR a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program.
    • Note:  Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration and providing evidence of their ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may be denied automatically. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of program faculty.
  • A minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative test score of 290 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) completed within five years of application.
    • Note: Applicants who do not meet minimum GRE eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration and providing evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum GRE score eligibility requirements may be denied automatically. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of program faculty.

Deadline

January 1, 2019 (Summer/Fall 2019 matriculation)

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 interview with program faculty. Applicants’ academic and professional history, exam scores, writing samples, professional references, and interview performance will be considered in decision-making for admissions.

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: [Bold]

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $65.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae.
  • An essay response to the following question: "Why do you seek training in school psychology?"
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and a career in school psychology. Only professional letters of recommendations will be accepted. Letters from professors, professionals in the field of school psychology, and/or supervisors from employment/internship settings are recommended. Letters from family members and friends will not be accepted.
  • Official GRE scores. See below for details.
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English  

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Testing Requirements

All applicants to the MS in 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 meet minimum test score requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration and providing evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum test score requirements may be denied automatically.

Additional Information

Transfer Credit

A maximum of two courses (6 graduate credits) comprising the program of study for the MS in Educational Psychology degree may be completed prior to matriculation.

In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, they must meet the following criteria:

  • The credits must have been earned as part of a graduate course (e.g., 500 level or higher) offered at a United States institution of higher learning accredited (at the time the credits were earned) by a regional and/or national accrediting body.
  • The credits must have been earned for a course that is equivalent, in terms of content knowledge and skill requirements, to one required within USM’s MS program.
  • The earned grade for the course must be a B or higher (GPA equivalent of 3.0).
  • The credits must have been earned within 5 years from the date when transfer credit is requested.
  • Credits for behavior analytic courses must be transferred from a program that is verified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to meet the Fourth Edition Task List standards.

To request transfer credit, students must submit the relevant course syllabi and official transcripts to the Chair of the Department of Educational and School Psychology. The Chair will consult with program faculty to determine whether or not to approve the request.

If transfer credits are approved, the program will notify the USM Registrar to enter the official transfer onto the student's record. Transferred credits will be noted on the student's USM transcript and counted toward the student's degree program of study.

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, practica, or internships through their USM program should be aware that their host facility may require a criminal background check, finger printing, and/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 certification/licensure by state and national credentialing bodies. Students may consult the credentialing 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.