School Psychology (MA)
Why School Psychology?
As a school psychologist, you will do the important work of supporting students – children and adolescents – and helping them to thrive.
Through testing, counseling, support plans and other interventions, you will provide students with the skills and tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
Why Study School Psychology at Iona?
Our 64-credit program is designed to prepare you to function as a school psychologist with a high level of professional competence and integrity. Our high student success rate reflects the high degree of personal attention and support you will receive as you pursue your studies.
Students completing this program are eligible for certification as school psychologists by the New York State Department of Education.
What You'll Learn
Our program focuses on the science of human behavior, understanding the biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes that affect that behavior.
You will be trained to provide a variety of services, including but not limited to, psychological assessment, intervention, prevention, and program development and evaluation to learners of all ages.
You will engage in a variety of fieldwork designed to familiarize you with the role of the school psychologist. The fieldwork will also give you an opportunity to develop and improve skills in the areas of assessment, counseling and consultation.
Unique Elements of Program Format
- Our program is conditionally accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; Specialist Level).
- Access to extensive faculty and alumni networks
The practicum will introduce you to the roles and functions of a school psychologist. You will develop and apply skills in the areas of assessment, counseling, and consultation to real-world scenarios. Under the direction of a supervisor, you will complete the 90 hours (one day a week for 15 weeks) required during your second year of training, if attending the program on a full-time basis.
An internship during your final year of training will provide you with the opportunity to practice and improve skills acquired throughout your graduate training.
You will have access to an expansive network of more than 50,000 alumni who are eager to help fellow Gaels. Our faculty are experts in the field who can also provide critical connections to professional networks beyond campus.
Careers & Outcomes
As a School Psychologist, you have the ability to improve the lives and well-being of thousands of students. Your graduate degree prepares you for these critical interactions and gives you the experience you need to help today's youth.
- School Psychologist
- School Psychotherapist
- Counseling Services Specialist
- Youth Behavior Specialist