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School Psychology (PD)

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Degree: Professional Diploma/Advanced Certificate in School Psychology
Credits: 66
Career Path: Certified School Psychologist

Start Semester: Fall only
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Both
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The professional diploma program (PD) in School Psychology prepares students to work as practicing school psychologists and leads to NYS certification and eligibility for National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP).

The program builds on an undergraduate foundation in psychology, including a minimum of 66 graduate credits, and requires a one-year supervised internship.

The program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Scholarship Opportunities

ICO Project Scholarship (Improving Child Outcomes) in Preschool Psychology. Deadline: April 30, 2018.

  • Receive 70% tuition support ($14,070) (only pay an application fee, university fees, and 30% of the tuition)

Application Deadline

Fieldwork Requirements

Completion of 3 practica and a one year supervised internship.

Each practicum requires the student to complete approximately 150 hours at an off campus site (i.e., school) learning and honing their skills in consultation, counseling and assessment of children and adolescents.

Students complete a one year (1500 hours), supervised internship in a school as a culminating experience once their coursework is complete.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.


  • Cognitive Assessment (PSGE7508)
  • Issues in Non-biased Assessment and Decision-Making (PSGE7418)
  • Fundamentals of Educational and Psychological Measurement (PSGE6702)
  • Personality Assessment (PSGE7412)


  • Applications of Behavioral Analysis in Educational Settings (PSGE6311)
  • Instructional Consultation (PSGE7422)
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Schools (PSGE7423)
  • Theories of School-based Consultation (PSGE7445)
  • Theories of Counseling (PSGE7620)

Professional Role

  • Role and Function of the School Psychologist (PSGE7442)

Two courses on multicultural or urban education and psychology under advisement


  • Introduction to Research (PSGE5203)


  • Clinical Practicum in School Psychology (PSGE7500)
  • Consultation Practicum in School Psychology (PSGE7502)
  • Integration of Assessment Techniques (PSGE7429)
  • Professional Diploma Internship in School Psychology I and II (PSGE7480/7481)


  • Emotional Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (PSGE6418)
  • Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (PSGE6417)
  • Psychology of Cognition and Affect (PSGE6312)


Comprehensive Assessment

Extension Program Options

Students who enter the School Psychology PD or Bilingual PD program without a related master's degree will need to complete one along with the PD in order to be permanently certified by New York State as a School Psychologist.



School Psychology Program Directors