School Psychology (MA degree)

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Why School Psychology?

After earning your Master of Arts in School Psychology (MA) degree, you will do the important work of supporting children and adolescents during their education. As a school psychologist, you will utilize testing, counseling, support plans and other interventions to provide students with the skills and tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Why Study School Psychology at Iona?

Iona University’s 64-credit MA in School Psychology program prepares you to become a school psychologist who prioritizes a high level of professional competence and integrity. Our strong student success rate reflects the high degree of personal attention and support you receive as you pursue your graduate studies in psychology.

Our Master’s in School Psychology degree is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; Specialist Level). Students completing this graduate program are eligible for certification by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED). Our graduates are also eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP), a credential that is accepted in over 30 other states and significantly increases employment opportunities.

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What You'll Learn

Our School Psychology courses focus on the science of child and adolescent behavior through the understanding of biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes. Offering career-ready skills, you learn to provide a variety of services, including but not limited to, psychological assessment, intervention, prevention, program development and evaluation to learners of all ages. In addition, you engage with the research and psychological literature through a thesis or literature review.

Integrated into your Master’s in School Psychology program, fieldwork experiences familiarize you with the counseling role at a school. Iona’s location in the greater NYC area gives you a variety of educational settings to observe other school psychologists as well as develop and improve your own skills in the areas of assessment, counseling and consultation.

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Application Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required if your GPA is below 3.0. If your overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, you may submit one letter of recommendation, but it must be from an academic reference. At least nine credits of psychology courses in statistics, experimental research methods, and one other upper-level course with a B or higher.

School Psychology Program Highlights

Practicum Experience

The practicum introduces you to the roles and functions of a school psychologist. Under the direction of a supervisor, you apply your knowledge in assessment, counseling and consultation in real-world scenarios. When attending the MA in School Psychology program on a full-time basis, you complete the required 90 hour practicum (one day a week for 15 weeks) during your second year of training.

Psychology Internships

An internship during your final year of the Master’s program offers the opportunity to practice skills acquired throughout your School Psychology courses.

Expansive Alumni Network

As an Iona graduate student, you will have access to a network of more than 50,000 alumni who are eager to help fellow Gaels. Our psychology faculty are experts in the field who can also provide critical connections to professional networks beyond campus.

Careers & Outcomes

When you become a school psychologist, you have the opportunity to improve the lives and well-being of thousands of students. Your Master’s in School Psychology provides eligibility to apply for New York certification and gives you the experience you need to help today's youth.

School Psychology Job Titles

  • School Psychologist
  • Counseling Services Specialist
  • Youth Behavior Specialist

Iona Graduates Have Worked At:

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Learn more about the MA in School Psychology at Iona!

Iona University’s MA in School Psychology guides our students through the process of becoming an effective school psychologist in the state of New York. The courses in the School Psychology program offer training in testing, assessment and counseling so our graduates are fully prepared to improve the lives of children and adolescents in educational settings.

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