Common Program Questions
- Common Program Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a school psychologist?
A school psychologist is a professional with graduate training in psychology and education who serves the educational and mental health needs of children and youth. School psychologists work with students, families, teachers, and schools. Coursework involves the fields of consultation, developmental psychology, special education, learning, counseling, and research. More information about the field can be obtained from the National Association of School Psychologists' Website.
How long does it take to earn certification in school psychology?
The program takes three years attending full-time. Year three is a 1200 hour internship in a school district.
Can I take courses in the program on a part-time basis?
Full-time enrollment is required.
If I already have a master's degree in a related area such a psychology, counseling, or special education, will some of those courses count toward the school psychology specialist program?
Yes, though the number varies depending on what graduate courses you completed and when you took them. A transcript review with one of our primary faculty will help determine which courses will count toward the school psychology specialist program.
Where do students complete their internships? How are internship sites located?
Students complete internships full-time during the last academic year of their program. Students and faculty work together to locate viable internship sites. Most students do their internships in western Pennsylvania, western New York, and eastern Ohio. A limited number of students may complete the internship at a site more than 150 miles away from campus. We have had students placed as far away as North Carolina and Arizona. Most internship sites provide stipends.
What type of financial support is available for students in the program?
Financial aid information is available from the EUP financial aid office. Graduate assistantships (GA) are available to full-time students on a competitive basis. The number available varies from year to year. Approximately, 50% of our first and second year students have a full-time GA. Full-time assistantships require 18 of work of hours per week, cover all of the student's tuition (exclusive of fees), and also provide a stipend.
What financial support does the university provide for conference attendance?
The Graduate Student Council and the School Psychology Club are very active in obtaining financial support from the University for continuing education activities. Each year we have many students attend local workshops, the annual conference of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, and the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologists. For most students, all travel, lodging, and registration fees are covered.
Are there jobs available in the field of school psychology?
There is currently a national shortage of school psychologists. Students graduating from EUP's program have been very successful in finding jobs.
How do I apply?
Applications are generally reviewed in the spring. However, they will be considered at other times of the year. Students start as a cohort in the fall. All application materials must be received by the Graduate School and the Department before they can be considered. It is wise to start the application process early. Contact Dr. Joel Erion or Dr. Ed Snyder if you have questions.
Will I also earn a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology?
Students in the school psychology specialist program may be eligible for a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology (generally at the end of year two) . While having the Master's Degree in Educational Psychology may result in higher pay in the public schools or mental health agencies it does not allow one to practice as a school psychologist.