What Is School Psychology?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree programs (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice of service delivery.
Accreditation & Approval
Accreditation is important because it means your degree is recognized as meeting the standards of the school psychology profession. The Ph.D., Ed.S., and M.S. degree programs in School Psychology all meet some National and/or State certification standards. Currently the School Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) until 2023. The accreditation site visit is anticipated for Spring 2023. The Doctoral and Educational Specialist Programs are accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through a partnership with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) through 2023 and 2027, respectively. The Masters program in school psychometry is not accredited by APA or NASP; however, students are allowed to apply for licensure in the state of Mississippi as a school psychometrist after completing the program. The masters program is considered to be a non-terminal program as the faculty expect students to complete either the doctoral or educational specialist degree
The MSU school psychology curriculum has been approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The BACB requires 270 hours of approved coursework to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) examination.
Contact Information for Accrediting and Approval Bodies
American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
National Association of School Psychologists
NASP Program Approval Board
4340 East West Highway, Ste 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
Mississippi Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
359 North West St.
Jackson, MS 39205
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
8051 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127