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MA in School Psychology

(Provisional Certificate)

The Psychology Department in the School of Arts & Science offers the Master of Arts (MA) degree in School Psychology. This program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; Specialist Level).

The MA, School Psychology is a 64-credit program designed to prepare students to function as school psychologists with a high level of professional competence and integrity. School psychologists are professionals 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.  School psychologists specialize in the developmental processes of children and youth within the context of the school system. The program includes a solid foundation in the fundamentals of psychology as well as specialization courses geared to providing students with the necessary skills to function as competent school psychologists. In addition to course work, students engage in a variety of fieldwork including a practicum experience designed to familiarize students with the role of the school psychologist and to give students an opportunity to develop and improve skills in the areas of assessment, counseling, and consultation. An internship experience, which provides students with the opportunity to practice and improve skills acquired throughout their graduate training, is completed in the final year of training. Students completing this program are eligible for certification as school psychologists by the New York State Department of Education.


The MA, School Psychology is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; Specialist Level).  Students completing NASP accredited programs are eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP). Those holding national certification from NASP are eligible for school-based credentials in over 30 different states in the U.S. (see for further details).

Practicum and Internship Descriptions

Practicum in School Psychology: PSY 650

Practicum Activities

Each student is required to complete a practicum experience, which is distinct from the internship experience.  Students complete the 90 hours (one day a week for 15 weeks) required by practicum during their second year of training if attending the program on a full-time basis.  Practicum experiences are completed under the direct supervision of a certified school psychologist at an approved practicum site. Students must be enrolled and attend the practicum seminar (PSY 650) during the semester that they are in practicum placement. A student may not begin practicum without the approval of the department.

The practicum is designed to introduce students to the roles and functions of a school psychologist. Students are expected to develop and apply skills in the areas of assessment, counseling, and consultation. Because students have not reached an appropriate level of preparation, they are not expected to function independently at practica nor are they expected to integrate skills in the three different areas.

Internship in School Psychology: PSY 667 and PSY 668

Internship Activities

Each student is required to complete an internship experience in their final year of training. Students complete a minimum of 1200 hours, 600 of which must be in a school setting. Internship supervisors in the school setting must be certified school psychologists and supervisors for all other settings must be licensed psychologists. Internships are to be completed on a full time basis over the course of one year (September – June following the school calendar). Should extenuating circumstances arise students may complete the internship part time over two years with departmental permission. Students must be enrolled and attend the internship seminars (PSY 667 and PSY 668) during each semester that they are in internship placement. A student may not begin internship without first successfully completing practicum and without the approval of the department.

The internship is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge, to develop skills needed for effective service delivery, and to integrate competencies that address the goals of the Iona College training program.  Students are expected to be able to create effective learning environments that will benefit the populations they serve.

Required Core Courses

PSY 602
Proseminar in Personality and Social Psychology
PSY 603
Experimental Research Methods in Cognition
PSY 605
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 607
Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology
PSY 622
Advanced Life-Span Development
Total 15 Credits

Required School Psychology Provisional Certificate Program Courses

PSY 611
Physiological Basis of Behavior
PSY 613
PSY 614
Counseling Theory and Practice
PSY 615
Basic Interviewing and Counseling Practices
PSY 616
The Psychology of Exceptional Individuals .
PSY 620
Dynamics of Group Processes
PSY 627
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
PSY 634
Cognition and Learning
PSY 636
Intellectual Assessment
PSY 637
Intellectual and Educational Assessment
PSY 638
Personality Assessment
PSY 650
Practicum in School Psychology (1 credit).
PSY 652
School Consultation
PSY 665
Contemporary Issues in School Psychology
PSY 667
Internship in School Psychology
PSY 668
Internship in School Psychology II
Total 46 Credits

Required Thesis or Literature Review Seminar

Choose one course (3 credits):
PSY 681
Thesis Supervision
PSY 683
Literature Review Paper Seminar
Total 3 Credits

Additional Requirements:

  • Child Abuse Identification Workshop (0 credits)
  • SAVE Workshop (0 credits)

Total credits required for the MA in School Psychology = 64 credits

Courses taken as part of an undergraduate degree cannot be credited toward a Provisional School Psychologist certification program. The permanent School Psychologist Certification requires 2 years of post-graduate experience in a pupil personnel service position.