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.
NASP, MA DESE
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)
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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology General Requirements
A grade of B or higher is required in all course work.
CAEP 6353 - Curriculum-Based Assessment and Instruction
CAEP 6354 - Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment
CAEP 6345 - Learning Problems: Educational, Biological, and Ecological Perspectives
CAEP 6360 - Consultation and Program Evaluation
CAEP 6399 - Clinical Skills in Counseling Psychology
CAEP 6401 - Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools 1
CAEP 6402 - Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools 2
CAEP 8415 - Practicum in School Psychology 1
CAEP 8416 - Practicum in School Psychology 2
CAEP 8501 - Internship in School Psychology 1
CAEP 8502 - Internship in School Psychology 2
Applied Behavior Analysis
CAEP 6327 - Behavior Assessment
CAEP 6328 - Research and Design Methods
CAEP 6329 - Service Administration
CAEP 6336 - Systematic Inquiry 1
CAEP 8417 - Intensive Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 1
CAEP 8418 - Intensive Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis 2
CAEP 5150 - Early Intervention: Family Systems
CAEP 8425 - Early Intervention Practicum 1
SLPA 6335 - Early Intervention: Assessment and Intervention
CAEP 8426 - Early Intervention Practicum 2
CAEP 6202 - Research, Evaluation, and Data 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.
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Associate Professor, Training Director, School Psychology Program – Department of Applied Psychology
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