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Total program credits needed for graduation: 50

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.877.573.0699, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Certificate Requirements

  • You must complete the master's degree in Psychology with specialization in School Psychology from Capella University.
  • You must start the specialist certificate program in the first month of the quarter.
  • You must pass the comprehensive learner assessment during the year-in-residence, part 2.
  • You must complete PSY8150, PSY8235, and PSY8332 prior to beginning the practicum.
  • You must complete all course work, residencies and the initial portfolio review prior to beginning the internship.
  • You must pass the final portfolio review.

Residency Requirements

School Psychology year-in-residence, part 2 (PSY-R6595, PSY-R6596, PSY-R6597, PSY-R6598, PSY-R6599)

Clinical Training Requirements

Minimum of 350 practicum hours and 1,200 internship hours

Required Courses

50 quarter credits

Biological Basis of Behavior (5 quarter credits)
Exceptional Children in the Classroom (5 quarter credits)
Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention (5 quarter credits)
Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists* (5 quarter credits)
Advanced Methods in School Psychology (5 quarter credits)
Organization and Operation of the School (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology Practicum 1 (3 quarter credits)
School Psychology Practicum 2* (2 quarter credits)
School Psychology Internship 1*+ (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology Internship 2* (5 quarter credits)
School Psychology Internship 3* (5 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

+Learners are required to take the Praxis Series tests concurrently with PSY8385. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with these examinations.

North Dakota residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credential or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page. (Washington state learners are advised to go to: for more information.)

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education Examiners must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure page for contact information.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Kentucky residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this certificate.

Maryland residents are not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Applicants to this certificate program must provide the following information for admission.

  • Master's degree with a specialization in School Psychology from Capella University
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee is required for initiating an application for admission and may be paid as part of the application process.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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To learn more, call 1.877.573.0699, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.