College of Liberal Arts

Psychology (M.A) - School Psychology (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Is School Psychology Right for Me?

The Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study program in school psychology is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and produces graduates who are well prepared to function independently in a growing and evolving profession. The program emphasizes early intervention and the use of data-driven, systematic problem-solving to address the needs of children and adolescents in the school setting. As part of a small cohort, graduate students will learn to provide consultation to teachers, families, and administrators; to complete comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents who present with social, emotional, academic and behavioral difficulties; and to offer direct counseling and intervention to children and adolescents. Throughout the program, students will learn to evaluate the outcomes of services to ensure their effectiveness.The program promotes intervention and evaluation techniques that are empirically sound and sensitive to the diverse population of students that school psychologists serve.

Students must complete both the M.A. and the C.A.S., as they constitute a single program. If students already possess a master's degree in school psychology, courses from the M.A. in school psychology must be required courses in the current C.A.S. program to be accepted toward fulfilling requirements for the C.A.S. Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 30 units in the School Psychology Program to graduate, and must complete the culminating 1200-hour internship.

Consider the school psychology track of the Master of Arts in psychology if you:

  • plan to begin your career after obtaining a Master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Studies;
  • are interested in working with children and adolescents in a school setting;
  • would like to consult with teachers and parents to improve the social, behavioral, and academic functioning of children and adolescents;
  • value activities related to prevention and early intervention as well as evaluation and counseling; and
  • are attracted to a career where you will perform a full range of activities to promote a healthy learning environment for students.
For more information about a career as a School Psychologist please visit NASP online. If these characteristics do not describe what you are looking for in your career, you might consider the clinical psychology track or the counseling psychology track.

Field Experiences

The program enjoys a cooperative relationship with all surrounding school systems, including those based in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Our graduate students "shadow" school psychologists and complete other course-related experiences in classrooms during the first year andduring the first year and complete a 300-hour practicum in a local school system during the second year. In addition to requirements specific to practicum, activities required for school-based consultation and counseling courses are completed during practicum. Field supervisors are hand-selected by program faculty, based on their expertise and commitment to training students in the most current practices. Students will also complete a 1200-hour internship during the third year of the program. Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to assist faculty with research, although participation is not a requirement of the program.


Prepare for Certification

The school psychology program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who graduate from NASP-approved programs are eligible for individual certification as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) upon successful completion of the national certification examination and are recognized for their high caliber of training and field experiences. Students are also eligible for certification as school psychologists in Maryland (and in all other states that accept the NCSP credential) upon passing the certification examination.


Susan Bartels
  Susan M. Bartels


Towson alumna named exemplary school psychologist







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