Tufts University, NASP Approved
Our mission is to prepare effective, culturally responsive problem solvers ready to serve all children in general public education, including children with learning, language based, physical or mental health needs. We are committed to preparing professional school psychologists who will:
- Work effectively with children from culturally, racially, and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings including urban, urban-rim, suburban, and rural communities. Providing high quality services in urban and urban-rim schools is a program priority.
- Provide flexible, thorough analyses of children's school-based experiences drawing upon multiple sources, frames of reference, and assessment techniques in order to guide and monitor interventions designed to promote children's educational, social, and mental health needs.
- Promote and protect quality educational opportunities and psychological health for all children at the individual, group, school system, community, and policy levels.
- Assume a comprehensive collaborative role necessary to confront the complex problems children face in schools from ecological, developmental and systems level perspectives.
School Psychology has a vital responsibility in the nation's schools to promote mental health and secure quality education for all children. Given this responsibility, our program strives to achieve its mission by committing to the following philosophical foundations:
- We are morally and ethically compelled to address the inequities present in our nation's educational system, such as the under-achievement of racial and linguistic minority children and the misidentification of children with disabilities.
- All knowledge is historically situated. The systemic problems children face in schools exist within a network of social relationships that can be studied and transformed.
- We empower students to read and think critically about research in the field of school psychology and potential sources of bias inherent within research findings. Students apply multicultural, ecological, and developmental perspectives to their scholarship and practice.
Scholarship aid is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or other related fees. Tufts awards additional funds to students practicing with multicultural populations in the form of stipended third year internships in urban settings.
Tufts has longstanding affiliations with numerous surrounding communities that have large culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Our students frequently do their practica and internships in these school districts. In some instances, these districts provide stipends to support third year interns.
Attention to language and culture is infused throughout the cirriculum and used to enhance learning and effective practice with students and families from a range of communities. We also offer a required course on Social Justice in Schools focused upon multicultural theory, research, practice and action.
- NASP-Approved: Yes
- Degree Awarded: Master of Arts/ Educational Specialist (M.A./Ed.S.)
- Total number of credits: Upon graduation, students will have earned a total of 72 credits.
- Bilingual Specialization: No
- Student Demographics: In a typical year, 25-33% of our incoming class represents students from underrepresented groups in school psychology.
Phone: (617) 627-3244