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). 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 with a Concentration in School Psychology is awarded upon completion of the following 84 graduate credits. Unless indicated, all course are three credits

  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • HCE 668 Human Development
  • SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team
  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning        
  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods 
  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment         
  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention      
  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving             
  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology           
  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health      
  • SPY 620 Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education      
  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior   
  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior        
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills         
  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology           
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment              
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment  
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology        
  • SPY 693 School Psychology Practicum I 
  • SPY 694 School Psychology Practicum II
  • SPY 688 Internship in School Psychology, 9 crs

 

 

The following course sequence is recommended for students pursuing full-time study. Part-time options are also available.

Fall 2020

  • SPY 609 Professional Ethics in Psychology
  • SPY 674 Psychopathology
  • EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques

Spring 2021

  • SPY 601 Behavioral Principles of Learning
  • SPY 620 Multitiered Systems of Academic Support for General and Special Education
  • HCE 605 Psychological Measurement and Evaluation
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Summer 2021

  • SED 540 Learners Who are Exceptional in General Education
  • SPY 675 Indirect Behavioral Assessment

Fall 2021

  • SPY 602 Single Case Research Methods
  • SPY 670 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 672 Assessments and Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Spring 2022

  • SPY 671 Physical Bases of Behavior
  • SPY 677 Cognitive Assessment
  • HCE 620 Fundamentals of Counseling Theories
  • SPY 693 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum I

Summer 2022

  • HCE 621 Fundamentals of Counseling Skills
  • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures, and the IEP Team

Fall 2022

  • SPY 604 Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • SPY 673 Social Foundations of Behavior
  • HCE 668 Human Development
  • SPY 694 (1 credit) School Psychology Practicum II

Spring 2023

  • SPY 606 Principles and Procedures for Behavior Intervention
  • SPY 679 Diversity in the Science and Practice of Psychology
  • SPY 694 (2 credits) School Psychology Practicum II

Summer 2023

  • SPY 607 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving
  • SPY 610 Systems-Level Services to Promote Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

Fall 2023

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology

Spring 2024

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology

Summer 2024

  • SPY 688 (3 credits) Internship in School Psychology

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants to the MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program must meet the minimum requirements below:

  • An earned bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional or national accrediting body, and
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program or 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program.
    • Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration. The letter should provide 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 the program.

Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be selected to participate in a formal interview with program faculty. Applicants’ academic and professional history, writing samples, professional references, and interview performance will be considered in admissions decisions.

Deadline

December 1 for matriculation in Fall semester

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all applicants
  • 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
  • Resume: A resume or curriculum vitae that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
  • Essay: A response to the following question: "Why do you seek training in school psychology?"
  • Letters of Recommendation: 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 recommendation 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

English Proficiency Test Scores

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.  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 a graduate program.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of two courses (6 graduate credits) required for the MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology program may be completed prior to matriculation.

Students may request permission to transfer up to 30 graduate credits toward MS in Educational Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology degree. In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, the following criteria must be met:

  • 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 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 the 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.
    • The program may, at its discretion, consider coursework completed more than 5 years prior to a request for transfer credit when students: (a) developed initial competence in the professional practice area through coursework and (b) continued to update their competency through professional experiences, which may include relevant professional employment, supervision, and continuing education.
  • The credits for behavior analytic courses must have been earned for a course that was part of a BACB or ABAI Verified Course Sequence aligned with current task list standards.

To request transfer credits, students must complete a course equivalency request form and submit the relevant course syllabi and official transcripts to the Chair of the Department of Educational and School Psychology. Course equivalency requests will be reviewed by the Department Chair and referred to the faculty designee who has expertise in the area of instruction. The faculty designee may ask for additional information from the student or request to consult with the previous instructor. The designee will then make a recommendation to the school psychology faculty, and the faculty will vote to determine whether the course is considered equivalent. The student will be informed about the faculty's decision by the Department Chair.

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.

Students who are pursuing degrees leading to application for professional licensure or certification also should be aware that credentialing requirements may vary state-to-state. Students may contact their state department of education certification office and/or state licensing boards to determine whether or not their USM program meets credentialing requirements for professional practice in their prospective states of employment. Successful completion of a program of study at USM does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation.

The Department of Educational and School Psychology offers graduate training in both applied behavior analysis and school psychology.

Our applied behavior analysis programs include the MS in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and a post-master’s Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Our school psychology programs include the MS in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology and the PsyD in School Psychology. Learn more about our School Psychology programs.