School psychologists partner with families, educators, and other mental and behavioral health professionals to promote positive academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for PK-12 students. They offer assessment, intervention, and consultation services to advance equitable educational outcomes for diverse students.
Our programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Maine Department of Education for the preparation of school psychologists. Therefore, graduates are eligible to apply for the 093 School Psychologist Certificate (Specialist or Doctoral) through the Maine Department of Education.
Our curriculum also aligns with the training standards recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists, which means that graduates are eligible to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential though the pathway for non-NASP-approved program graduates. All students develop comprehensive portfolios and sit for the Praxis® School Psychologist Examination during their internship year to support their preparation of materials to apply for the NCSP credential.
Finally, our doctoral program also meets the educational requirements established by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the licensure of professional psychologists. PsyD program graduates who pursue an acceptable post-doctoral supervised experience are eligible to apply for licensure as a psychologist in Maine.
There are critical shortages of school psychologists in Maine and across the country, and graduates of our programs are fully prepared to meet this demand. Our graduates from the past 5 years have a 100% job placement rate. Most graduates work as school psychologists in PK-12 schools, and some PsyD program alumni have pursued careers in higher education, hospitals, and private practice.