School Psychology Program Context/ Structure
Graduate education in school psychology is delivered within the context of a comprehensive program framework based on clear goals and objectives and a sequential, integrated course of study in which human diversity is emphasized. Graduate education develops candidates’ strong affiliation with school psychology, is delivered by qualified faculty, and includes substantial coursework and supervised field experiences necessary for the preparation of competent school psychologists whose services positively impact children, families, schools, and other consumers. In addition to specialist- and/or doctoral-level programs of study, a school psychology program that offers opportunities for respecialization, retraining, and other alternative approaches to credentialing as a school psychologist ensures that program requirements are consistent with NASP graduate preparation standards.
The school psychology program is composed of integrated and comprehensive philosophy/mission, goals, objectives, program of study, and supervised practice, as reflected in the following: Clear identification as a “school psychology program” and communication of a program framework or model, in which its philosophy/mission is represented in explicit goals and objectives for school psychology competencies that candidates are expected to attain and in which human diversity is emphasized. An integrated, sequential program of study and supervised field experiences that are based on the program’s philosophy/mission, goals, and objectives and consistent across candidates. Full-time, part-time, and/or alternative types of enrollment that provide multiple and systematic opportunities through coursework, supervised practice, and other comprehensive program activities for candidates to establish professional identity as school psychologists and develop an affiliation with colleagues and faculty. Use of systematic, performance-based evaluation and accountability procedures to improve the quality of the program.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SPECIALIST-LEVEL PROGRAMS ONLY: The specialist-level program of study in school psychology consists of the following: A minimum of 3 years of full-time study at the graduate level, or the equivalent if part-time; at least 60 graduate semester hours or the equivalent, with at least 54 hours exclusive of credit for the supervised specialist-level internship experience; Institutional documentation of school psychology specialist-level program completion provided to graduates.
School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of assessment and data collection methods for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and measuring progress and outcomes. As part of a systematic and comprehensive process of effective decision making and problem solving that permeates all aspects of service delivery, school psychologists demonstrate skills to use psychological and educational assessment, data collection strategies, and technology resources and apply results to design, implement, and evaluate response to services and programs.
School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of consultation, collaboration, and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups, and systems and used to promote effective implementation of services. As part of a systematic and comprehensive process of effective decision making and problem solving that permeates all aspects of service delivery, school psychologists demonstrate skills to consult, collaborate, and communicate with others during design, implementation, and evaluation of services and programs.
School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, and social influences on academic skills; human learning, cognitive, and developmental processes; and evidence-based curriculum and instructional strategies. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, demonstrate skills to use assessment and data-collection methods and to implement and evaluate services that support cognitive and academic skills.
School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, developmental, and social influences on behavior and mental health; behavioral and emotional impacts on learning and life skills; and evidence-based strategies to promote social–emotional functioning and mental health. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, demonstrate skills to use assessment and data-collection methods and to implement and evaluate services that support socialization, learning, and mental health.
School psychologists have knowledge of school and systems structure, organization, and theory; general and special education; technology resources; and evidence-based school practices that promote academic outcomes, learning, social development, and mental health. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, demonstrate skills to develop and implement practices and strategies to create and maintain effective and supportive learning environments for children and others.
School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to resilience and risk factors in learning and mental health, services in schools and communities to support multitiered prevention, and evidence-based strategies for effective crisis response. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, demonstrate skills to promote services that enhance learning, mental health, safety, and physical well-being through protective and adaptive factors and to implement effective crisis preparation, response, and recovery.
: School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to family systems, strengths, needs, and culture; evidence-based strategies to support family influences on children’s learning, socialization, and mental health; and methods to develop collaboration between families and schools. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, demonstrate skills to design, implement, and evaluate services that respond to culture and context and facilitate family and school partnership/ interactions with community agencies for enhancement of academic and social–behavioral outcomes for children.
School psychologists have knowledge of individual differences, abilities, disabilities, and other diverse characteristics; principles and research related to diversity factors for children, families, and schools, including factors related to culture, context, and individual and role differences; and evidence-based strategies to enhance services and address potential influences related to diversity. School psychologists demonstrate skills to provide professional services that promote effective functioning for individuals, families, and schools with diverse characteristics, cultures, and backgrounds and across multiple contexts, with recognition that an understanding and respect for diversity in development and learning and advocacy for social justice are foundations of all aspects of service delivery.
School psychologists have knowledge of research design, statistics, measurement, varied data collection and analysis techniques, and program evaluation methods sufficient for understanding research and interpreting data in applied settings. School psychologists demonstrate skills to evaluate and apply research as a foundation for service delivery and, in collaboration with others, use various techniques and technology resources for data collection, measurement, analysis, and program evaluation to support effective practices at the individual, group, and/or systems levels.
School psychologists have knowledge of the history and foundations of school psychology; multiple service models and methods; ethical, legal, and professional standards; and other factors related to professional identity and effective practice as school psychologists. School psychologists demonstrate skills to provide services consistent with ethical, legal, and professional standards; engage in responsive ethical and professional decision-making; collaborate with other professionals; and apply professional work characteristics needed for effective practice as school psychologists, including respect for human diversity and social justice, communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, responsibility, adaptability, initiative, dependability, and technology skills.
The school psychology program employs a systematic, valid process in which program faculty ensure that interns, during their culminating internship experience, demonstrate competencies to begin effective practice as school psychologists. The program includes the integration of elements of knowledge and application of professional skills in school psychology for delivering a comprehensive range of services; and effective school psychology service delivery evidenced by direct, measurable, positive impact on children, families, schools, and other consumers.
Review of a list of programs that maintain NASP Accreditation (programs not in CAEP accredited units).
SL: Specialist-level DL: Doctoral-level
The following programs have satisfactorily met all NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation in School Psychology
These programs are required to submit a Response to Conditions Report addressing Standards/Elements that were judged as Not Met, Not Acceptable, or Marginal. Click on each standard for more details. Please contact each program directly with additional questions regarding unmet standards and plans to address them.
Programs Approved for a Site Visit
The following programs have undergone a program review and have been approved for a site visit as the next step toward obtaining program accreditation.
Calfornia State University - Chico (SL)
California State University - Long Beach (SL)
|Maryland||University of Maryland College Park (SL)|
Fordham University (SL)
|Pennsylvania||Lehigh University (SL)|
|Wisconsin||University of Wisconsin-Madison (SL)|
Programs In Candidacy Status
The following programs have demonstrated program infrastructure consistent with the NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists. Programs with Candidacy Status have not submitted candidate outcome data nor had a site visit.
|Georgia||Georgia State University (SL)|
|Puerto Rico||Albizu Univesity (SL)|
West Texas A&M University (SL)
NASP Approved Programs
Review of a list of programs that maintain NASP Approval/National Recognition through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). These programs receive many of the same credentialing benefits as programs with NASP Accreditation.