Worcester State University
School Psychology




1. What is a School Psychologist?

School Psychology utilizes principles found in the fields of both Clinical Psychology and Educational Psychology to help children achieve academically, socially, and emotionally.

To better understand the scope of who a School Psychologist is, click the following link to access the online NASP brochure, What is a School Psychologist?


2. What is the difference between a School Psychologist and a School Counselor and/or Guidance Counselor?

There are a variety of positions in schools that might have a few areas of “overlapping” expertise. These are: School Psychologist, Guidance Counselor, School Counselor, Adjustment Counselor, and School Social Worker. However, each of these areas of expertise are distinct specialty areas and require specific training. School systems bear the responsibility of designating job expectation and utilization of areas of expertise.  For instance, one might see a School Adjustment Counselor and a School Psychologist both offering counseling services. For additional information on licensing requirements for each, please refer to the Department of Education. Worcester State’s program specifically prepares the student for credentialing as a School Psychologist.


3. What is a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAGS) versus a Specialist degree?

A CAGS and an Ed.S are eqivalent. In most states, the minimum requirement for entry into the field of School Psychology is a degree at the specialist level. A specialist level program entails at least 60 hours of graduate level course work. Worcester State University’s CAGS program is a 69 credit program. Students in the CAGS program will also earn a M.Ed in School Psychology.


4. What standardized tests are required for admissions?

1.       The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is required by the Graduate School at Worcester State University. For further information on the GRE, please click here.

2.       The Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) is required (Communications and Literacy Skills, Reading and Writing subtests). For further information on the MTEL, please click here.


5. What is the typical class size?

Ideal incoming cohort size is a maximum of 12 students.


6. Is the program full time?

Yes, the program is full time. There is currently no opportunity to participate on a part-time basis. Additionally, students are accepted for the Fall semester only.


7. Are internships paid?

 At this time, School Psychology internships are not paid training positions.


8. Is the program NASP approved?

Currently, the WSU program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The National Association of School Psychologists requires data accumulated for initial approval. New programs have a five year window to acquire required data. We anticipate submitting for an initial program approval to the National Association of School Psychologists in the Fall of 2012.  


9. Are graduates from non NASP-approved programs able to obtain a National Certification in School Psychology?



10. What is the employment outlook for School Psychologists?

 For years, School Psychology has been a shortage area. There are often more positions than qualified applicants.

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