In the M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology Program at Florida State, you will benefit from academic study, practicum experience, and internship leading to certification as a school psychologist. Our school psychologists go on to work in schools around the country and improve the lives of students.
The program consists of 76 credit hours of coursework over three years. 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. Finally, you will spend the third year 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.
As a school psychologist, you will work within the educational community to support students as they learn and grow. School psychologists often work alongside teachers and parents to help identify a student’s needs. Through our program, you will learn best practices and effective ways to provide support and intervention. The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) have both accredited our program. You can learn more about the role of a school psychologist by visiting 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:
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).
Verbal – 144 or above
Quantitative – 143 or above
Writing – 3.5 or above
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
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:
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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 14.3% through 2026, which equates to 12,800 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. School psychologists across the nation make $85,340 on average.