Master of Arts - School Psychology

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School Psychology



School Psychology


School Psychology at the University of Rhode Island originated in 1964 by offering a master's degree, and several years later (1970) introduced a course of study leading to the Ph.D.- degree. Presently, the master's (M.S.) program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/National Association of School Psychologists (NCATE/NASP), and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), and leads to certification in the State of Rhode Island with reciprocity in several other states.

The doctoral (Ph.D.) program was among the first in the United States to be fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and successfully participated in the first series of joint accreditations by APA and NCATE/NASP. It is currently accredited by APA and NCATE, with NASP endorsement.

Although there is considerable overlap in course content between the master's and doctoral programs, they are substantially different, and it is incumbent on the applicant to decide to which program admission is desired.


For both the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs, prerequisites include courses on the exceptional individual and psychometrics, which are comparable to those courses described in the URI Bulletin (PSY 442: The Exceptional Individual; PSY 434: Introduction to Psychological Testing). These courses can be taken upon entrance to either Program, but do not count as part of the required number of credits. For the M.S. Program, a prerequisite course in the biological bases of behavior (e.g., URI's PSY 381: Physiological Psychology) also is suggested. Certification requirements include 12 credits from education courses. Both programs admit students only in the fall semester and require full time registration until completion of degree requirements.

Students in the M.S. Program take a minimum of 60 graduate credits and those in the Ph.D. Program take a minimum of 90 graduate credits. Ph.D. students entering with a master's degree may include up to 30 credits of previous study in their programs. Course requirements in both Programs are conceptualized as a three-by-two matrix, with three areas of study (i.e., methodology, content, and applications) at two levels (i.e., general and specific).


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