The specialist-level school psychology program (MS in Educational Psychology-Concentration in School Psychology) may be completed in 3 years. During the first two years of the program, students typically enroll in three courses per term (fall, spring, and summer) and allocate one day per week to practicum experiences. Students then complete a full-time internship during their final, third year in the program.
The doctoral-level school psychology program (PsyD in School Psychology) may be completed in 5 years. During the first three years of the program, students typically enroll in two to three courses per term (fall, spring, and summer) and allocate one day per week to practicum experiences. Students continue coursework and conduct dissertation research during their fourth year and then complete a full-time internship during their fifth, final year in the program.
Students who enter the program with prior graduate coursework may be eligible for transfer credit and a reduced timeline for degree completion. Options for part-time study also are available!
Our standard programs include a blend of campus-based and online courses. Many of these online courses meet in real-time using Zoom videoconferencing. Approximately one-third of the courses required for the master’s degree are offered online, and the remaining courses are delivered in-person on the Gorham Campus. Approximately one-quarter of the courses required for the doctoral degree are offered online, and the remaining courses are delivered in-person on the Gorham campus. In Fall 2024, we also will be offering a one-time low-residency option for completing the master’s degree program. This program will allow current educators to prepare for credentialing in school psychology by completing their coursework online and fulfilling fieldwork requirements in their place of employment. Students in the low-residency program will be required to meet in-person on just four Saturdays for intensive hands-on training in test administration skills.
All courses required for the master’s degree program are scheduled on weekday evenings after 4:30pm ET to accommodate working professionals. Doctoral students are expected to attend courses on-campus during daytime hours on Tuesdays during the two years preceding internship.
All students in our school psychology programs, regardless of residency, are eligible for the University’s low in-state tuition rate. Master’s level students admitted to begin in Fall 2024 also are eligible to apply to participate as Maine School Psychology CAREs scholars. Scholars will receive full tuition support and modest living stipends in exchange for committing to training and subsequent employment in rural Maine schools. More information about the Maine School Psychology CAREs is available here.
The University’s current tuition rates and fees are posted on this webpage.
Our program faculty are experienced clinicians who hold professional credentials in both school psychology and applied behavior analysis. They have extensive experience providing school psychology and behavior-analytic services to PK-12 learners in both public and private school settings. Areas of expertise include behavioral assessment and intervention for children with developmental disabilities and emotional-behavioral disorders, assessment for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, clinical supervision, and school-based consultation. Additional information about our core program faculty is available on this webpage.
Each student works individually with a faculty advisor who assists with developing an individualized plan of study and offers mentorship for applied research and career development. Faculty also facilitate field placements that meet each student’s unique professional development needs and goals.