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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston , Massachusetts ,United States

School Psychology MEd/EdS

The School Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to prepare professionals whose primary interests involve children, families, and the educational process. Training goals are founded on respect for the dignity and worth of all people, with a commitment to appreciating and responding to human diversity. Coursework integrates theory and research in child and adolescent development. It emphasizes evidence-based intervention approaches for psychological services in schools. An important mission of the School Psychology Program is the development of attitudes essential for professional problem-solving and life-long learning. The School Psychology Program is committed to a philosophy of social justice and inclusion compatible with the mission of the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston.

Intakes

  • Jan
  • May
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Application Process

More information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The job outlook is very promising for school psychologists. The majority of school psychologists work in public school settings, but other places of employment include private schools, community agencies, hospitals and clinics, and universities. School psychologists generally work as practitioners, administrators, consultants, or faculty/researchers. Employment is projected to grow in the next several years, and one of the groups with the best job prospects will be those with specialist degrees in school psychology. Graduates are supported in finding employment through job postings announced via distribution lists, the state school psychology association, and the department of elementary and secondary education. 

PSW Opportunity

  • 12 to 36 months( OPT duration depends on the major studied)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

The School Psychology Program consists of approximately 50 students with about 18 students admitted each fall into either the Master of Education (MEd) or the Education Specialist (EdS) level of the program. Admission is competitive since far more candidates apply than can be admitted. The faculty make a concerted effort to attract and recruit a student body that reflects diversity in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic background, and ability. Many students are already professionals in related fields of mental health services when they enter the School Psychology Program. As service providers, they bring an array of backgrounds and experiences that enrich classroom discussions and activities.

The application process is as follows:

1. The candidate ensures that a completed application is submitted by January 2. This includes:

  • Completed application form with accompanying fee.
  • A statement of purpose describing your understanding of school psychology practice and detailing personal career objectives. Please answer this question and not the one from the Office of Graduate Admissions.  
  • Transcripts of all previous college work, undergraduate and graduate. Transcripts must be official (bear the college seal) and be from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must have completed at least a baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate and graduate cumulative grade point averages (GPA) should be at least 3.0 overall, and 3.0 in psychology courses as well.
  • Prerequisite course work includes a minimum of five (5) psychology courses including introductory psychology, human development, and statistics.
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should address the academic promise and ability to succeed in advanced graduate training, and at least one letter should address the ability to work with children and adolescents and develop into a thoughtful and responsive practitioner.
  • Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores at the 50 percentile or above on those tests are expected. Candidates already possessing earned Master's, CAGS, EdS, or doctoral degrees are exempt from taking the general GRE test if such degrees are in social sciences or a related field.
  • International applicants are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS). Applicants who have received at least 4 years of education (including an undergraduate program) in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, United States, or Wales are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report. All others are required to submit official score reports.
  • Scores for the Communication & Literacy Skills (reading and writing) portions of the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Test (MTEL; see here). Students may be admitted provisionally without having taken the MTEL but will be required to take the tests during the first semester of attendance and pass them prior to the internship.       

2. In March, selected candidates are invited for interviews with the Graduate Admissions Committee, scheduled by the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. The interview takes about two hours and is composed of a group interview, an individual interview, a writing session, and an opportunity to meet with current students.

3. After a successful interview, selected applicants will be asked to sign, and to have employers sign when relevant, the “Employer Agreement Form." This indicates that the applicant and employer both agree to release from the applicants current job for field work one day per week during the Practicum and full time during the internship.

4. Applicants to the EdS program, who already have a master's or higher degree in a related field, are eligible for waivers of requirements for comparable courses already completed at the graduate level. Their individual plan of study will be tentatively determined at the interview and formally determined after matriculation, following a review of course descriptions and syllabi.

5. Accepted applicants will be informed of that decision by both email and USPS mail by April 1. In agreement with other programs, accepted students are asked to confirm their program selection by April 15.