S.S.P.School Psychology

School Psychology

The school psychology graduate program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP), and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

The SSP degree clearly reflects the fact that the requirements for graduation from the School Psychology Program at WCU are more intensive than would be expected for a Masters degree. The program is 72 hours long and requires 3 years of course work, thesis work, practicum experiences, and internship experiences.

What You'll Learn

The SSP is a terminal degree which means that the students do not earn a Masters degree on the way to getting the SSP. The program is cognitive-behavioral and based on a child advocacy model. In this model, the needs of the child are at the center of all activity engaged in by the school psychologist. Our students are trained to facilitate growth in development, behavior, and learning of children and youth.

The S.S.P. is 72-semester hour program that involves a year-long internship and the completion of either a thesis or a research project. Successful completion of the program, including passing the Praxis II exam and requirements related to licensure, will lead to recommendation for Level II licensure and National Certification as a School Psychologist.

Where You'll Go

Psychologists can be found running their own practice, working in school systems or mental health organizations, conducting research, working as educators and in other fields in need of qualified psychologists. Interested applicants should click here for more information.

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