School Psychology

(Master of Arts and Psychology Specialist Degrees)

The School Psychology specialization of the M.A. degree, in combination with the Psy.S. degree in School Psychology, comprise Cleveland State University’s nationally approved (National Association of School Psychologists) and accredited (NCATE) School Psychology Program. Students first enroll in a full-time M.A. degree phase, consisting of 2 years of full-time study. A third year is devoted to the 9-month, full-time internship that is arranged by the university with a local school district; completion of this phase results in the award of the Psy.S. degree. The program views school psychologists as agents of change in children’s lives, focusing on children’s behavior and functioning within family, school, and community systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of consultative, behavior analytic, and intervention skills within urban school settings.


  • Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists
    Cohort Model (Annual Admission)
    Graduate Association for School Psychology (Student Organization)
    Opportunities for Conference Presentations/Publications
    Assistantships (Tuition Grants) Available for Research- and Teaching-Related Activities
    Expert Faculty with Varied Research Interests

Program of Study

The M.A. phase of the School Psychology program requires 53 semester credit hours of coursework and field experience across two years of full-time study. The Psy.S. phase includes 30 semester credit hours of coursework and a full-time, nine-month internship experience. Courses (all required) include:

  • Functional Assessment of Behavior
    Functional Assessment of Academic Problems
    Child & Adolescent Assessment and Intervention
    Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
    Univariate Statistics and Research Methodology
    Special Education
    Therapeutic Interventions
    Measurement and Program Evaluation
    Clinical Psychopharmacology
    Multicultural Psychology and Diversity
    Lifespan Development: Childhood & Adolescence
    Crisis Intervention
    Role & Function of the School Psychologist
    Reading Assessment and Intervention
    System-Based Consultation in School Psychology
    Student-Based Consultation in School Psychology
    Internship in School Psychology

Faculty Research Interests

The School Psychology faculty is actively engaged in a variety of program-related activities, including research, supervision, professional development and service to local schools and educational personnel, service to professional associations, and consultation regarding program development and evaluation. Faculty are committed to the development of strong relationships with students as an important basis for professional growth, providing mentoring, research supervision, ongoing evaluation, and opportunities to contribute to faculty research endeavors. Areas of faculty research interest include:

  • Response to Intervention (RtI)/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
    Grade retention practices
    School-based service delivery models
    School-based intervention practices
    Personnel preparation for school-based interventions
    Professional issues in school psychology

Career Information

Successful completion of the PsyS program in School Psychology confers immediate eligibility for School Psychologist credentials from the Ohio Department of Education (educator licensure), authorizing employment by schools throughout Ohio. Graduates are also eligible to receive the Nationally Certified School Psychologist designation. The Ohio State Board of Psychology School Psychologist license can be obtained upon completion of several additional post-degree requirements, including several years of professional practice and successful performance on a Board-administered examination. Recent graduates of the School Psychology program have been employed in public school districts, early childhood programs, day treatment centers for youth with serious emotional disturbances, and nonpublic schools.

Refer to our Applying for Graduate Admissions page for information about admissions criteria and procedures.

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