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2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Psychology, SSP/MA


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Program Code: SSP_125A, MA_125A
CIP Code: 42.2805

 

Learn more about the Department of Psychology .

Program of Study for the Master of Arts/Specialist in School Psychology


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE exam scores, unless waived; completion of approved courses in General Psychology, Research Methods, and Statistics, or demonstrated competence in these areas; submission of a questionnaire, which addresses the applicant’s rationale and preparation for pursuing graduate training in School Psychology. Applicants who make the first cut based on their questionnaire, letters of recommendation, GPA and, where applicable, GRE scores, will be invited for an interview.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission.

Candidates will be subject to criminal background checks (CBCs) prior to participation in required training experiences in the public schools. Continued enrollment in the program requires that CBCs reveal no criminal offenses that would preclude employment in the public schools of North Carolina.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) may be waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Location: On campus

Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility


Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts and Specialist in School Psychology


Other Requirements for the MA/SSP in School Psychology


  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Statistics proficiency met by completion of PSY 5020 
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Each candidate will earn a score on the Praxis Series School Psychologist Examination that equals or exceeds the score required for licensure, by the NC Department of Public Instruction, as a School Psychologist
  • Product of Learning: Not required

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