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  • School Psychology - Combined MS/EdS

    The M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology Program at Florida State is a three-year, 76-hour course of academic study, practicum experience, and internship leading to certification as a school psychologist. During the first year, you will develop content knowledge and applied foundations. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to apply skills in practicum settings. The final year is spent in a full-time internship in an approved setting. Successful graduates of the program receive both a specialist (Ed.S.) and a master’s degree (M.S.) in Counseling and Human Systems with a Major in School Psychology.

     

    School psychologists use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. The School Psychology program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the Florida Department of Education (DOE), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). To learn more about school psychology, as well as the roles and responsibilities of school psychologists, please visit the NASP website at http://www.nasponline.org/.

     

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    Due to the systematic nature of the course sequence, the School Psychology degree requires full-time enrollment status, which is generally 12 hours or more per semester. Most courses are taught during the daytime hours on FSU’s campus and few are offered online. Furthermore, most courses are sequenced and offered only once per year. In addition, the School Psychology degree does not provide respecialization, retraining, or other alternative approaches to prepare candidates for credentialing as school psychologists (e.g., for candidates who hold graduate degrees in related fields and are seeking graduate preparation and credentialing as school psychologists).

    In order to meet minimum University and Department admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree. A degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Home and Family Life, Rehabilitation Services, or another related discipline is preferred. Admitted candidates who do not have these prerequisites will be expected to make up these deficiencies early in the program.
    • GRE test scores – Official score reports are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE; FSU Institution Code: 5219).

    Applicants whose combined revised GRE scores fall below 300 may be required to successfully complete the FTCE General Knowledge Test (GK) prior to being considered for admission (per Florida Department of Education requirements).

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 150 or above
    Quantitative – 150 or above
    Analytical – 3.5 or above

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions.

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

     

    For this program, the following supporting documents must be to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Personal Statement (1 required) – The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
    • Unofficial Transcripts – Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

     

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    The application deadline for this program is December 1 (Fall admission only).

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    School psychologists use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in safe, healthy and supportive environment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, which equates to 37,700 new jobs in the field. School psychologists engage in a variety of services, including assessment, consultation, prevention, intervention, education, research and planning, and health care provision.

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