Master of Science in School Psychology

The master's degree (specialist-level) program in school psychology requires a minimum of 92 credits, and typically takes three years to complete. It includes a sequence of supervised field experiences, practica, and a 1,200 hour internship.

The master's program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission for the educational licensure of school psychologists in the state of Oregon. 

Graduates of this program meet school psychologist licensure requirements through the Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices and are eligible for the nationally certified school psychologist credential offered by the National Association of School Psychologists.

SPSY Master's Handbook


MS Requirements — Total Credits: 92

Title CREDITS
Psychological and Educational Foundations 8
Measurement and Assessment 14
Statistics and Research 11
Practice of School Psychology 37
Practicum Experiences 13
Internship 9

Psychological and Education Foundations — Minimum Credits: 8

Course and Title Credits
Theories of Learning and Instruction:
SPED 660 Design of Instruction
4
Human Development and Psychopathology:
SPSY 650 Developmental Psychopathology
4

Measurement and Assessment — Credits: 14

Course and Title Credits
SPSY 671 Behavioral Assessment 4
SPSY 672 Intellectual Assessment 4
SPSY 674 Educational Assessment 4
EDLD 663 Measurement & Assessment 2

Statistics and Research — Minimum Credits: 11

Statistics and Research Design — Credits: 8

Course and Title Credits
EDUC 614 Educational Stats 4
EDUC 650 Single-Subject Research Methods I 4

Application of Research Skills: Dissertation Research — Minimum Credits: 3

Course and Title Credits
SPSY 503 Master’s Thesis (formal thesis option)1 or
SPSY 690 School Psychology Research Seminat [Topic]2
1–16

Practice of School Psychology — Minimum Credits: 37

Consultation — Credits: 8

Course and Title Credits
SPSY 630 Introduction to Consultation 4
SPSY 632 Advanced Consultation 4

Academic and Social Behavioral Interventions — Credits: 15

Course and Title Credits
CPSY 611 Counseling Skills 3
SPSY 631 Academic & Behavioural Intervention 4
SPED 540 Early Literacy for Diverse Learners 4
CPSY 642 Child-Family Interventions 4

Professional Standards and Ethics — Credits: 14

Course and Title Credits
SPSY 661 Principles and Practices in School Psychology 4
SPSY 662 Foundations of Clinical Supervision 3
SPED 628 Law and Special Education 3
SPSY 663 Professional Ethics 3
SPSY 692 Professional Competencies Portfolio3 1

Practicum & Field Study Experiences — Credits: 13/Minimum 520 Clock Hours

Course and Title Credits
Field Studies—SPSY 795 Introductory Field Studies 2
80 Clock Hours
Integrated Practicum— SPSY 798 School-Based Practicum (Fall term) 3
120 Clock Hours
Integrated Practicum— SPSY 798 School-Based Practicum (Winter term) 3
120 Clock Hours
Integrated Practicum— SPSY 798 School-Based Practicum (Spring term) 3
120 Clock Hours

Internship Experience — Credits: 9/Minimum 1,200 Clock Hours

Course and Title Credits
SPSY 699 Internship (Fall term)4 3
SPSY 699 Internship (Winter term) 3
SPSY 699 Internship (Spring term) 3

1 If writing a Thesis, a minimum of nine credit hours of 503 Thesis is required by the Graduate School and College of Education. Register for a minimum of three credits during the term preceding graduation. See the Graduate School website for additional thesis and graduation requirements.

2 SPSY 790 Research may include credits earned from working on a faculty-led research team, completing an independent research project that does not conform to the standards of a traditional Thesis, or working on student-directed dissertation research projects

3 Students register for SPSY 792 Professional Competencies Portfolio Evaluation during the term prior to beginning internship (typically spring of 2nd year).

4 Prior to completion of internship, students are required to pass the Praxis II School Psychologist licensure exam.