School Psychology, MA & AC

Our master's program with an advanced certificate in school psychology focuses on the practitioner-scientist model of training and offers experiences in four areas: educational/psychological foundations, assessment, direct/indirect interventions and consultation. The practitioner-scientist model, approved by National Association of School Psychologists, will prepare you to work in schools by utilizing (a) psychological assessments and classroom data to guide interventions, (b) primary and secondary psychoeducational and mental health interventions, and (c) collaboration and pre-referral consultation with parents and teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible for New York State initial certification as a school psychologist. 

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Why School Psychology at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in a school and assessing children beginning right away, in the fall of the first semester
  • additional opportunities to gain experience beyond coursework by working with a faculty member in conducting research
  • applying knowledge of inter-individual differences in assessment, consultation, counseling and other professional work in order to ensure effective, equitable and respectful school psychological services to all of their clients 
  • facilitating professional identity development as school psychologists and foster strong commitments to ethical guidelines regarding both professional practice and research
  • providing in-depth training under supervised conditions in both the direct and indirect service models
  • training specialist-level school psychologists consistent with the practitioner-scientist model

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Master of Arts (MA) with Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 63
Time to completion 6 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Careers School Psychologist 
School-based internship hours 1,200 clock hours
Application deadline Feb. 1

Program Coursework

Semester 1 (14 credits)

CEP 590A Psychology Measurement and Intellectual Assessment
CEP 593A Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 640 Perspectives in School Psychology
CEP 653 Foundations of Counseling Theories

Semester 2 (14 credits)

CEP 551 School-wide Practices for Diverse Learners
CEP 592 Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents
CEP 593A Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 644 Counseling with Children and Adolescents

Semester 3 (15 credits)

CEP 522 Statistical Methods I
CEP 593B Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 656 Collaboration for School Safety
CEP 650 Behavioral Therapy w/ Children and Adolescents

Semester 4 (14 credits)

CEP 593B Practicum in School Psychology
CEP 664A Process of Consultation
CEP 694 Interventions to Develop Academic Skills
CEP 700 Research Project in School Psychology

Semester 5 (3 credits)

CEP 699 Internship in School Psychology

Semester 6 (3 credits)

CEP 699 Internship in School Psychology

Program Handbook

Application Requirements

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores from tests taken within the last five years, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections. Please use institution code 2925 and department code 2005.
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of intent regarding why you want to become a school psychologist.

Admission Interview: An interview is required to be considered for admission to this program.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.