Dear Prospective Students and Alumni,
Greetings and thank you for visiting our school psychology program page. We are excited that you are considering a career in school psychology, as our current times demand an increased need for school psychologists who can assist with many of the complexities surrounding the lives of children.
The Graduate School of Psychology at Touro College offers a Master of Science degree leading to New York State Certification as a School Psychologist. Additionally, many of our students have gone on to receive certification in neighboring states (e.g., NJ, PA) with some additional coursework required based on other states regulations. Our program also offers the option to complete the New York State school psychology bilingual extension certificate through taking additional coursework in the TESOL department. Additionally, many of our graduates go on to successfully pursue doctoral degrees in school psychology and other applied fields upon completion of the masters degree.
Many people considering the field of school psychology often ask, "What does a school psychologist do?" School psychologists focus on the improvement of children's academic social, behavioral and emotional functioning in the school context. While psychoeducational assessment continues to be a significant focus area in the field, the role of the school psychologist is continuously expanding to include involvement in collaborative consultation, crisis management as well as individual/group counseling. School psychologists are also responsible for administrative duties related to the special education process, facilitate parent and teacher meetings, and serve as consultants on behavioral and educational issues.
Our program offers evening and a few online courses to accommodate the schedules of students who are presently employed. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the application process. I look forward to meeting prospective students and continuing to see alumni professional growth!
Victoria A. Comerchero, Ph.D
Acting Director, School Psychology Program
50 West 23rd Street Office 613
New York, NY-4668 x 6073
Description of the Program
The mission of the Master of Science in School Psychology Program is to develop competent school psychologists skilled in diagnosing problems and implementing successful, evidence-based solutions to support the academic, social, emotional and physical well-being of the children they serve.
The Master of Science program in School Psychology consists of 63 semester hours of required coursework in the areas of education and special education, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, report writing, counseling and consultation. As part of their training, students in the program are required to participate in fieldwork including a 300 hours practicum experience. For those students unable to take advantage of school placements, alternative College-based or simulated practicum assignments will be made available. The program may be completed in three years of full-time study or four or more years of part-time study. A 1200-hour internship is required before students are eligible to apply for New York State School Psychology certification; this credential is required for practice as a school psychologist.
Who Should Apply to the School Psychology Program?
The School Psychology Program is appropriate for students who minored or majored in psychology in their undergraduate programs, as well as for teachers considering a career change.
Interested applicants will be considered for admission without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.