University of Massachusetts- Boston, NASP Approved

Specialist Level

The school psychology curriculum is based on a thoughtful and responsive practitioner conceptual framework that is compatible with the guiding principles for all instruction in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Guiding principles for instruction endorsed by the Graduate College of Education and Human Development faculty are based on the belief that the best professional decisions are made after adequate reflection, with the interest and welfare of the persons affected by the decisions in mind. Becoming a thoughtful and responsive practitioner is an ongoing process which is accomplished by developing competence in the educational and psychological knowledge base of school psychology, by acquiring a theoretical and practical grounding in school psychology service delivery, by complying with agreed-upon standards of professionalism, and by fostering sensitivity and responsiveness to human diversity. With this strong foundation the school psychologist plans assessment and interventions, acts upon those plans, reflects upon the outcome, and responds by making adjustments.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: N/A
  • Immersions: N/A
  • Summer Program: A summer program or institute is available which focuses on cultural learning of specific culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.


Faculty Profiles
Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations includes:  

Dr. Lindsay Fallon is interested in research and consultation with school staff, families and community members to implement evidence-based practices with high levels of treatment integrity. She is also interested in promoting positive behavioral outcomes for children with disabilities and children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.   

Dr. Amy L. Cook's research interests focus on inclusion, social justice, educational equity, and school-family-community partnerships as they pertain to counseling practice in schools. She is committed to using scholarly research in a manner that advances democratic collaboration and educational equity.  

Dr. Melissa Pearrow engages in the scholarly examination of youth empowerment programs, her academic work has focused on issues of urban education, prevention program implementation, and school-based mental health services.

Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at UMASS Boston, multicultural content is infused throughout the curriculum is used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degree Awarded: M.Ed./Ed.S. & Ph.D. in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: 66 semester/hours for EdS, and 120 credits for PhD
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: No
  • Student Demographics: At least 25% of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Retention & Recruitment: N/A

Contact Information

Phone: (617) 287-7661