School Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. D. Tighe Cooke
School Psychology Dept Website
The Worcester State University School Psychology Program is a specialist level program that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Students receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) 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 fulltime 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 application process and requirements please go to http://www.worcester.edu/Graduate/Shared%20Documents/graduateadmissions.aspx
For information regarding the MTEL test please go to:
For information regarding the PRAXIS tests please click on the following link.
For descriptions of the school psychology courses please go to:
FALL YEAR ONE
EP 90 Introduction to School Psychology: Ethical
Standards, Legal Issues and Professional
EP 920 Research, Design and Evaluation
EP 902 Intro to Counseling Theory, Practice and
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
EP 921 Human Development: Lifespan
EP 927 Exceptionalities: Identification, Processes
SUMMER YEAR ONE
EP 907 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
EP 930 Group Processes, Theories and Practice
FALL YEAR TWO
EP 906 Personality Assessment I
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
EP 929 Fundamentals of Consultation: Theory
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 totally 69 credits after 3 years (6 consecutive semesters, 2 complete summers, Spring graduation)