The School Psychology (MS/CAGS) program seeks to develop school psychologists who have a strong foundation across the following domains of school psychology training and practice.
Northeastern University offers a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Educational Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Psychology. The entire three-year program (MS and CAGS) has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists and the Massachusetts State Department of Education. The overarching purpose of the program is to develop highly competent school psychologists. Some students also choose to specialize in either early intervention or applied behavior analysis. The early intervention training option is designed to prepare school psychologists to work with infants and toddlers and their families in community and related agencies, on interdisciplinary teams, and on the transition to school. The applied behavior analysis training option is designed to prepare school psychologists to address the learning and behavioral needs of children and adolescents with challenging behaviors in school, home, and community settings, including children with autism spectrum disorders.
- Optional specializations in Early Intervention and Applied Behavior Analysis
- Urban and culturally diverse field placements and applied research projects
- Students complete a 75 hour pre-practicum, 450 hour practicum, and 1200 hour internship
- Students produce a graduate portfolio and a set of comprehensive case studies
The mission of Northeastern University’s School Psychology Program is to develop school psychologists who have a strong foundation across the following domains of school psychology training and practice as delineated by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):
- Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability
- Consultation and Collaboration
- Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills
- Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills
- School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning
- Preventive and Responsive Services
- Family–School Collaboration Services
- Diversity in Development and Learning
- Research and Program Evaluation
- Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
The School Psychology MS/CAGS Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE)
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
- Personal interview with faculty and current students
- Official GRE scores
- Undergraduate major or minor in psychology or the following undergraduate courses:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Child Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Research Methods and Statistics
- Prospective students should have prior experience working with children
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
Applied Behavior Analysis
A cornerstone of Northeastern University and our program is practice-oriented education. We train students to become highly skilled scientific practitioners and lifelong learners, who employ the scientific, problem-solving method to evaluate their own practice. Real world projects and work experiences are integrated into coursework and fieldwork. Students complete practicum and internship fieldwork requirements in local area schools. The faculty have developed a rich network of collaborative school pscyhologists who serve as excellent field supervisors. Faculty assist with placing students at school fieldwork sites in and around the Boston Metropolitian area. During the third year internship students document their mastery of the training goals through comprehensive case studies.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Psychology & Mental Health alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- McLean Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Arbor Counseling Services
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
What They're Skilled At
- Mental Health
- Public Speaking
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