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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
average median salary for school psychologists
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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:
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:
Both programs are aligned with the standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists.