ACADEMICS

  • School Psychology - Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

    The WSU School Psychology Program is a specialist level program, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists Accreditation Board. Students receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology at the culmination of three years of full time study. Upon completion, students may receive Institutional Endorsement to obtain the credential of School Psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. The CAGS is awarded upon successful completion of 69 credits combined planned program of study including supervised full-time practicum (600+ hours) and supervised full-time internship (total 1200+ hours), completion of an acceptable professional portfolio, and successful performance on a comprehensive examination. Candidates must satisfy all other graduate and degree requirements. Institutional endorsement for professional credential as a school psychologist requires a passing score on the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensing Examination (MTEL), and sitting for the Praxis II exam and successful completion of all CAGS components.

    The CAGS in School Psychology Program admits students for the fall semester only. The Priority Application deadline for submitting an application is March 1. The School Psychology Program welcomes application from students who share our interests in commitment to the delivery of psychological services in a diverse society. Diversity among students in the program is expected, however it is anticipated all applicants will possess a Bachelor’s degree, with appropriate course work or complete such coursework during the beginning phases of training.

    Following formal application and meeting criteria for admittance to the Graduate School at Worcester State University, the School Psychology Program utilizes multiple criteria for admission:

    1. An overall undergraduate grade average of a B
    2. An undergraduate major or concentration in Psychology*
    3. Passing score on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test is strongly recommended. 

    **Students may be admitted to the program from a variety of academic backgrounds. However, it is expected that an appropriate number of courses in psychology may be required in the initial phases of training. The faculty reserves the right to determine those courses to be taken. This preparatory coursework will not directly apply to the Course requirements for the C.A.G.S. in School Psychology.

    We offer you a cadre of professionals, faculty, adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors who view ourselves as partners and mentors with our students, as you undertake this arduous, yet satisfying journey. 

    For information regarding the MTEL test please go to:
    www.mtel.nesinc.com

    For information regarding the PRAXIS tests please click on the following link.
    www.ets.org/portal

    FALL YEAR ONE

    • EP 901 Introduction to School Psychology: Ethical Standards, Legal Issues and  Professional Topics
    • EP 920 Research, Design and Evaluation
    • EP 902 Intro to Counseling Theory, Practice and Psychotherapy
    • EP 903 Principles of Cognitive and Psycho-Educational Assessment & Intervention I
    • EP 903L Assessment/Intervention Lab

    SPRING YEAR ONE

    • EP 904 Principles of Cognitive and Psycho-Educational Assessment & Intervention II
    • EP 904L Assessment/Intervention LAB
    • EP 905 Assessment for Intervention: Social, Emotions and Behavior
    • EP 921 Human Development: Lifespan
    • EP 927 Exceptionalities: Identification, Processes & Intervention

    SUMMER YEAR ONE

    • EP 907 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    • EP 930 Group Processes, Theories and Practice

    FALL YEAR TWO 

    • EP 906 Personality Assessment
    • EP 922 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
    • EP 923 Learning: Principles, Theories and Applications
    • EP 990 Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology I
    SPRING YEAR TWO
    • EP 925 Advanced Counseling Theory, Practice and Psychotherapy
    • EP 929 Fundamentals of Consultation: Theory and Practice
    • EP 926 Family Systems: Theory and Practice
    • EP 991 Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology II

    SUMMER YEAR TWO

    • EP 908 Community Psychology
    • EP 924 Principles of Neuropsychology

    FALL YEAR THREE

    • EP 928 Applied Neuropsychology in the Schools
    • EP 992 Seminar & Internship in School Psychology I

    SPRING YEAR THREE

    •     EP 932 Seminar: Neuropsychology in Schools (Elective)
    •     EP 993 Seminar & Internship in School Psychology II

    This is a full-time program totaling 69 credits after 3 years (6 consecutive semesters, 2 complete summers, Spring graduation).