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Uniquely qualified to support both students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to educate, school psychologists are important members of virtually every learning environment. The Master of Science (MS) in School Psychology degree program provides learners with the basic training and building blocks to learn how to conduct assessments and interventions, as well as support student’s academic, behavioral and mental health.
Completion of the school psychology master’s degree alone is not intended to adequately prepare learners to be eligible to sit for a licensure or certification exam as a school psychologist. Learners who are interested in pursuing state or national certification as a school psychologist should also complete a Capella EdS in School Psychology or PsyD in School Psychology.*
* It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state. Review Professional Licensure Disclosures by state for this program here.
Use the code MSFALL to waive the $50 application fee.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.
Foundations of Practice for School Psychology Learners
In this course, learners gain an understanding of the School Psychology specialization and the standards developed for the field by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Learners formulate a plan to meet program and state requirements for clinical training, including certification and licensure requirements; ethics and professional standards, including the NASP practice domains; and the specialization's course requirements and residency sequence. Learners also assess school psychology skills, identify networking opportunities, and develop a professional portfolio. For MS and EdS in School Psychology learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Multicultural Perspectives in Human Behavior
This course is an examination of substantive and theoretical issues concerning the cultural differences of individuals and groups and their influence on the practice of professional psychology. Learners explore the role of culture-specific programming, the needs and values of cultural subgroups, and approaches to providing psychological services to culturally diverse populations. Learners also critically analyze the interactions of multiple dimensions of diversity to better understand the ways in which individual differences contribute to professional psychological practice.
|5 quarter credits|
Psychological Assessments for School Psychologists 1
In this course, learners develop the skills needed to correctly administer, score, and interpret norm referenced intelligence tests (verbal and non-verbal) while simultaneously considering various diagnostic issues present within multiculturally diverse school populations and reflecting the established standards of educational and psychological testing. Learners examine measurement and measurement tools, including instruments used to assess cognitive function and intelligence; synthesize norm-referenced assessments with observational assessments to develop recommendations for research-supported interventions; and create audience-appropriate psychological reports. For MS, EdS, and PsyD in School Psychology learners only. Test kits are required and are available for loan at [email protected]. Prerequisite(s): PSY7610.
|5 quarter credits|
Response to Intervention, and Functional Behavior Assessment and Analysis
Learners in this residency gain skills and techniques related to Response to Intervention (RTI) introduced as an authority in the identification of specific learning disabilities in the Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). Learners build skills to implement the RTI framework in local and state education agencies. Learners also examine and practice skills related to the RTI components for screening students, monitoring student progress, providing evidence-based interventions, and identifying students with special learning needs in a collaborative approach. Learners practice identifying appropriate circumstances and steps for conducting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), developing the behavior intervention plan (BIP) and identifying the individual components of an FBA and BIP, including reviewing standardized assessment measures and completing FBA and BIP forms. Learners gain skills in synthesizing and interpreting case study data, and integrate and summarize this data, orally and in writing, to provide important feedback to school personnel about a student’s challenging behaviors. Prerequisite(s): PSY7234 and PSY-R6000. Concurrent registration in PSY5063 recommended. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
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The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$510 per credit, $160 resource kit fee, 53 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, effective July 10, 2023, and is subject to change. Your price will vary depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. Books, supplies, and other fees are not included in this estimate. GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. New or recently revised program estimates are based on comparable programs.
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Perhaps your career path and interests are leading you toward preparing to pursue for state or national certification as a school psychologist. Capella’s MS in School Psychology paired with the EdS in School Psychology may be a pathway for you.
To help you complete the programs, they are both offered in our GuidedPath learning structure, a more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance.
$34,170 - $54,570*
Max transfer credits – Average transfer credits
$510 per credit
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including travel expenses for residencies, practicum, application and resource kit fees, etc., are not included in the estimate). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
Completion of Capella's MS in School Psychology program alone is not intended to adequately prepare learners to be eligible for licensure or certification as a school psychologist. MS in Psychology learners who are interested in pursuing state or national certification as a school psychologist should also complete a Capella EdS in School Psychology or PsyD in School Psychology.
It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state. Review Professional Licensure Disclosures by state for this program.
Applicants to the MS in School Psychology program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
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