Counseling & School Psychology

M.S.ED. in School Psychology


School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

The 60-credit M.S.Ed. Program in School Psychology provides students with core knowledge and skills necessary to work in today’s schools. Specifically our program has outlined eleven competencies based on those competencies laid out by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Those include: data-based decision-making; consultation and collaboration; effective instruction; socialization and the development of life-skills; student diversity in development and learning; school and systems organization; policy development and the development of appropriate school climate; prevention, crisis intervention and mental health interventions; home-school collaboration; research and program evaluation; individualized professional development; and information technology. Our 60-credit MSED Program in School Psychology is registered with the New York State Education Department as satisfying the educational requirements for provisional certification as a school psychologist.

In addition to the requirements for the general School Psychology degree, students may elect to take one or both of two specializations, each of which entails another 6 credits of course work:

  • Early Childhood Specialization prepares school psychologists to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. This sequence consists of two three-credit courses: one that covers the administration and interpretation of infant assessment instruments, and one that explores current theory and research in infant development. This specialization does not lead to a separate New York State certification, but is designed to help our graduate students acquire the knowledge base and practical skills for working with a particularly sensitive population.
  • Bilingual Specialization prepares school psychologists to work with linguistically diverse children and their families. It includes two three-credit courses: a course in bilingual education and a course in bilingual assessment. Students who wish to be certified as bilingual school psychologists must also receive passing scores on the Bilingual Education Assessment Test (BEA) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE), or the previously administered Target Language Proficiency Assessment (TLPA). Information regarding the BEA exam can be found at nystce.nesinc.com/NY_viewSG_opener.asp
    (It is recommended that students take the exam after they have taken and completed TAL 823.)

Students may also elect to undergo the School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA) coursework sequence. The SPABA sequence prepares students to work with individuals with autism, autism spectrum disorders, and well as other related issues in schools, homes in diverse urban environments. In the SPABA sequence, students supplement their training in school psychology with an intensive series of courses as well as two internship experiences, both of which are approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB©). In this four year sequence, students will graduate after three years with an M.S.Ed. in School Psychology, and then complete their coursework and experiential requirements in the 4th year.

Applied Behavior Analysis is a science that involves the application of the principles of learning to help us improve our lives, as well as the lives of our loved ones and those we care for.  For more information on applied behavior analysis, please visit the Behavior Analysis Certification Board at www.BACB.com.

For more information regarding the SPABA sequence, please contact Dr. Andrew Livanis.


Admissions Requirements

Deadlines & Important Dates

Applications are considered through a modified rolling admissions process. To be considered for full matriculation in the fall semester, applications must be submitted by May 1st of the previous spring. To be considered for full matriculation in the spring semester, applications must be submitted by November 1st of the previous fall. These deadlines permit the review process to occur in its entirety, which includes both a thorough examination of the application materials and an applicant interview.

Applications that are received after these dates (i.e., May 1 for fall admission; Nov 1 for spring admission) are considered for limited matriculation on a provisional basis. Late applicants with an undergraduate and/or previous graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above may be accepted on a limited matriculation basis and permitted to take up to 12 credits (a full load of courses) during their first semester. During that semester, these students are interviewed and their applications more thoroughly assessed to determine if they will be accepted for full matriculation. Late applicants with an undergraduate or previous graduate grade point average below 3.0 will be eligible for limited matriculation and permission to register for up to 6 credits during their first semester. During that semester, these students are interviewed and their applications more thoroughly assessed to determine if they will be accepted into the program, either for limited for full matriculation. When a student’s status is changed, the department notifies the Admissions office.

Application Materials

All candidates must submit the following:

  1. A completed LIU/Brooklyn graduate admissions application, including a personal statement
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study
  3. A current resume (curriculum vitae)
  4. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s work or academic performance (i.e., employer, supervisor, former professor).
Application Review Criteria
  1. GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 from undergraduate or previous graduate study is required for full matriculation. Applicants with a 2.50 – 3.0 GPA are considered for limited matriculation. If admitted with limited matriculation status, students may take a maximum of 6 credits each semester for two semesters and must attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to continue in the program and become fully matriculated. After 12 credits on limited matriculation status, students with under a 3.0 grade point average may not be permitted to continue in the program.
  2. Writing: A personal statement is analyzed in terms of both content and prose. All school psychology candidates love children, and find the field of school psychology to be interesting; as such these should not necessarily be the main themes in the personal statement. The successful applicant demonstrates an understanding of what has led them to pursue graduate study in school psychology, and an exploration of which family, childhood or early adolescent experiences shaped this decision. Organization, cogency, and grammar are taken into consideration, with a well organized, well-reasoned, grammatically accurate written presentation required for admission.
  3. Resume/Vitae : Applicants’ experiences (including volunteer work and training in addition to employment experience) should demonstrate in breadth and/or depth a developed commitment to serving others in a helping capacity. A minimal background in education and/or psychology is not looked at negatively and all interested individuals should apply.
Interview

After a thorough examination of application materials, program faculty interview selected applicants, often in small groups. Interviews take place throughout most months of the fall and spring semesters. Most interviews take place in the early afternoon. Interviews are approximately half an hour in length.

Interviews typically involve responses to questions pertaining to their individual, relational, educational, and vocational experiences that have contributed to their desire to pursue graduate study in counseling and questions pertaining to their educational and career goals. Time is also allotted for applicants to ask questions of the faculty about the program and the University.

Applicants are evaluated on verbal and non-verbal communication skills, interpersonal interactions with staff, and appropriateness of responses.

The Review and Notification Process

Graduate applications are submitted to the Brooklyn Campus Admissions Office and forwarded to the department once they are complete. The application form, personal statement, all transcripts, letters of recommendation, and resume must be received by Admissions before the applicant review process begins.

On a monthly basis, the program faculty reviews completed applications that have been forwarded from Admissions to the department. The department then contacts applicants whom they have selected to be interviewed and interviews are scheduled. The remaining applicants are notified that they are not accepted. Applicants who are not accepted may request recommendations for strengthening their application for future submission. Applicants who seek to be reconsidered for acceptance in a future semester may submit an updated application at that time, with indication in the personal statement of how the applicant responded to the direction provided by the faculty when not previously accepted to the program.

Within approximately one month after being interviewed, applicants are informed of their acceptance status.

Submitting an Application For Admission

All applicants must apply for admission to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Please apply online at My LIU or use the Apply Now link in the top navigation bar. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.

CONTACT

School of Education
9 Hanover Place, 4th Floor
Amy Ginsberg, Dean
Ph.D.

718-246-6308
Amy.Ginsberg@liu.edu