School psychologists partner with students, families, and educators to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that facilitate the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development of all students.
The Mason School Psychology Program was founded in 1978 and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) for Specialist Level training in 1992. The program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model in which research-based principles of development, education, psychopathology, assessment and evaluation, consultation, prevention, and intervention serve as foundations. The program combines classroom-based instruction with outstanding applied practicum and internship experiences. Students are placed in a school-based practicum beginning the first semester. Subsequent practica are both school- and clinic-based, depending upon the semester. The program consists of three years, culminating in a full-time internship throughout the third year. Graduates are eligible for Virginia state licensure in school psychology as well as national certification through the National Association of School Psychologists.
The program is located in vibrant northern Virginia, an area rich in diversity, opportunity, and some of the most well-known and best schools in the country. The program recognizes that equitable practices and social justice are essential for effective education. Further information about school psychology at Mason can be found on the MA and Certificate degree pages and the tabs therein.
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