School Psychology - Masters plus Certification
The Program has received Full Approval status by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Program is a 64-semester hour, post baccalaureate course of study leading to Certification in School Psychology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students are provided with a competency-based program which moves sequentially from a strong knowledge base to acquisition of applied skills, and then, to the supervised practicum and internship experiences. Upon successful completion of a specified 43 semester hours of coursework (see Program Curriculum) a Master of Science in Psychology is awarded. Following successful completion of the remaining 21 semester hours that includes a practicum and 1200, full year internship, the student is recommended for certification as a school psychologist to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students may transfer into the program after earning a master’s degree in Psychology or a closely related field elsewhere (see FAQ for more details). The Commonwealth requires students to pass various Praxis examinations before they can be certified as a School Psychologist (see Student Assessment: Praxis Exams). The program attempts to accommodate students who desire to complete the bulk of their program on a part-time, evening basis (with the exception of several summer courses and the practicum and internship experiences).
The Millersville University School Psychology Certification Program ascribes to a practical ecological model which trains candidates to work effectively with the various systems that support students: the school, the family, and the community. The program prepares candidates to function as strong advocates for students by relying on research evidence and incorporating best practices into the training program. Our program strives to incorporate new knowledge about the most effective practices as it emerges in the ever-changing field of school psychology. The goal of various candidate preparation activities is ultimately to facilitate appropriate student change and prevent school related problems. They will do this by basing decisions on data, engaging in best practices, and measuring the effectiveness of interventions.
The Program Objectives have been designed to reflect NASP’s training standards.
- Enhance the development of wellness, resiliency, social skills, and life competencies.
- Enhance the development of cognitive and academic skills.
- Provide leadership in promoting effective and caring systems that support learning.
- Make informed decisions based on data.
- Practice in ways that meet all appropriate ethical, professional, and legal standards and with mindfulness of their social responsibility in serving others.
- Apply technology to improve outcomes and support their efforts in serving others.
- Be aware of issues of diversity and provide sensitive quality service to diverse populations.
- Assist with and monitor the development of those interpersonal and collaborative skills that will enable candidates to work effectively and cooperatively with others.