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In the Department of Health and Behavorial Sciences

Degree Requirements > Master of Education (Ed.M.)

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Master of Education (Ed.M.)

Our National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-accredited Master of Education program requires 69 points of coursework. The course of study stresses a firm grounding in the core areas of psychology, especially cognitive psychology, as well as in the tools traditionally used by school psychologists to apply their knowledge and skills to school settings. Completion of the Ed.M. program in School Psychology can lead to certification as a school psychologist in New York State and National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP).

Ed.M. students should plan on three years of full-time attendance, including summers. Although part-time attendance is possible, full-time attendance leads to a richer educational experience. Ed.M. students must be available to spend a minimum of one full day per week for practica in their first year and two full days per week for fieldwork in their second year. Internships are full-time.

Suggested sequence of courses by year and semester:

First Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 4025  Professional and ethical functions of school psychologists
  • HBSK 4072  Theory and techniques of reading assessment and intervention
  • HBSK 4073  Childhood disorders, or
  • HBSK 5031  Family as a context for child development
  • HBSK 5320  Individual psychological testing I
  • HBSK 5378  Practicum in psycho-educational assessment of school subject difficulties

Spring

  • HBSK 4073   Childhood disorders, or
  • HBSK 5031   Family as a context for child development
  • HBSK 5321   Individual psychological testing II
  • HBSK 6380   Practicum in psycho-educational assessment with culturally diverse students
  • HBSS 6100   Measurement and program evaluation
  • HBSK 4030   Multicultural issues in school psychology

Summer

  • ORL 5362  Group dynamics: A systems perspective
  • HBSK 6584  Seminar: School psychology consultation

Second Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5085*   Observing and assessing preschool children
  • HBSK 5050     Therapeutic interventions for school psychologists
  • HBSK 5070     Neural bases for language and cognitive development
  • HBSK 5280     Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6382     Advanced practicum in psycho-educational interventions in schools

Spring

  • CCPJ 6362    Group practicum
  • HBSK 4074*  Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills
  • HBSK 5051    Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders
  • HBSK 5280    Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6383    Neuropsychological assessment of children and adults

Summer

  • HBSK 5096    The psychology of memory
  • HUDM 4122   Probability and statistical inference

Third Year:

  • HBSK 5480  School psychologist internship (full-time placement)

 *Take HBSK 5085 if you are interested in working with young children; take HBSK 4074 if you are interested in late elementary/middle school and high school populations.