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School Psychology

School Psychology

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies


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.

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:


  • HBSK 4025 (3)  Professional and Ethical Functions of School Psychologists
  • HBSK 4072 (3)  Theory/Techniques of Reading Assessment/Intervention or
  • HBSE 4015 (3) Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • HBSK 5320 (3)  Individual Psychological Testing I*
  • HBSK 5378 (3)  Practium in Psychoeducational Assessment of School Subject Diff.*
  • HBSK 5031 (3)  Families as a Context for Child Development or
  • HBSK 4073 (3)  Childhood Disorders*


  • HBSK 5321 (3) Individual Psychological Testing II*
  • HBSK 6380 (3) Practium in Psychoeducational Assessment of Culturally Diverse Students*
  • HBSS 6100 (3) Measurement and Program Evaluation
  • HBSK 5031 (3) Families as a Context for Child Development or
  • HBSK 4073 (3) Childhood Disorders*
  • HBSK 5096 (3) The Psychology of Memory: Cognitive and Affective Bases 


  • HBSK 4074 (3) Reading Comprehension Strategies and Study Skills** (or Summer Year 2)
  • HBSK 6584 (3) Seminar: School Psychology Consultation
  • ORL 5362 (3)   Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (all semesters) or
  • HBSK 5050 (3) Therapeutic Interventions for School Psychologists 

Second Year:


  • HBSK 5070 (3) Neural Bases for Language and Cognitive Development
  • HBSK 5085 (3) Observing and Assessing the Preschool Child**
  • ORL 5362 (3)   Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (all semesters)
  • HBSK 5280 (2) Fieldwork in School Psychological Services
  • HBSK 6382 (3) Advanced Practicum in Psychoeducational Interventions in Schools
  • HBSK 5050 (3) Theraputic Interventions for School Psychologists (Summer A) 


  • HBSK 6383 (3) Neuropsychological Assessment of Children and Adults* or
  • HBSE 4045 (3) Curriular and pedagogical operations for teaching the foundations of functional academic literacy
  • HBSK 4074**Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills
  • HBSK 5051 (3) Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders
  • HBSK 5280 (2) Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 4030 (3) Multicultural Issues in School Psychology


  • HUDM 4122 (3)  Probability and statistical inference

Third Year:

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

 * Includes a lab that is not part of the scheduled time for the course.  Lab times are usually decided on a group-by-group basis once lab supervisors are assigned (HBSK 5321 is an exception with a scheduled lab).

**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.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) has teacher certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation which are listed in the Office of Teacher Education website of the catalog.

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