School Psychology (MS, Psy.S.)

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Step into a meaningful and in-demand career as a licensed school psychologist. USF’s newest program — the only of its kind in Northeast Indiana — will give you the knowledge, experience, and guidance needed to help students thrive.

USF offers two paths for earning a Specialist in School Psychology degree, the requirement needed to take the national certification exam and become a licensed school psychologist.

M.S. in School Psychology

Those without a master’s degree in School Psychology (or a related field) start in our M.S. in School Psychology program. This four-semester (1.5 years) program delivers 30 credit hours of coursework in counseling theories, skills, research, appraisal, and more.

Quality plus Convenience

  • Learn from Experts: As with the Psy.S. program, you’ll be taught by core faculty in USF’s Psychology and Counseling division, all experts with deep knowledge and experience in the field.
  • Balance: All classes take place during late-afternoon and evening hours, so you can balance your work and family obligations.

When taken in tandem with the Specialist degree, the M.S.-to-Psy.S. program can be completed in three years (eight semesters), culminating in a total of 66 credit hours.

Psy.S. in School Psychology

This two-year program will give you the skills and confidence needed to serve the complex needs of today’s students. Through coursework, 1800 hours of field experience, and one-on- one support from expert faculty, you’ll enter the field prepared to make a lasting difference.

The Psy.S. curriculum stands apart from others in that it offers:

  • Assessment courses including cognitive testing, academic achievement testing, personality assessment, behavioral consultation, and more
  • Counseling courses so you can also provide your school with counseling services
  • Preparation for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification exam

Bonus!

You can broaden your professional scope to include independent practice with one additional step: by completing the Indiana (or your home state’s) Requirements for Independent Practice, you can also work as a psychologist outside of a school setting.

Career Outlook & Success

$75,090

average median salary for school psychologists

14%

expected job growth for school psychologists by 2026

45th

School Psychologist is ranked on the "100 Best Jobs" report by U.S. News.

Comprehensive Field Experience

In total, you’ll complete 1800 hours of clinical experience, including face-to-face time with clients on all levels, from Pre-K to adult. This begins with:

  • Practicum in Therapeutic Interventions with Children (2 credit hours)
  • Practicum in Personality and Behavioral Assessment (2 credit hours)
  • Summer Practicum in Psychological Assessment (2 credit hours, 16 weeks)

These experiences will prepare you for a year-long, 1200-hour internship, where you’ll be a fully-functioning school psychologist working under the supervision of a professional mentor. Internship placements include:

  • Adams-Wells Special Services Cooperative
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative
  • Northwest Allen County Schools
  • Wabash-Miami Area Program for Exceptional Children

Both programs are aligned with the standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Program Director

John J. Brinkman, Ph.D., HSPP
jbrinkman@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8425