The MA/CAS in School Psychology is the only non-doctoral degree in psychology through which individuals can be certified in New York State.
Alfred University's MA/CAS program emphasizes a firm grounding in theory, innovation, and scientifically-based practice. We were one of the first School Psychology programs in the country and in the early days of our program (over 50 years ago), our graduates were often the only mental health practitioners in the local schools. This history has led our program to take a broad view of the field, which continues today. We train our students to conduct assessment and intervention with children, and consultation with school staff and parents. Based upon a recent grant, we have also strengthened our training and research focus regarding Response to Intervention. By following the training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists, the program at Alfred University blends this longstanding tradition of extensive practical skill development with a substantial foundation in the basic science of psychology.
The program consists of two years of full-time study followed by a full year internship. Due to our strong practical focus, our students spend at least some time in a school during every semester. In addition, students work at our divisions's outpatient mental health clinic, the Child and Family Services Center, for their second-year practicum. At the end of their first year, students must pass a written qualifying examination in order to move to the second year.
Students are trained in the following professional School Psychology areas:
- Professional identification and functioning
- Consultation with parents, teachers, and organizational systems
- Cognitive, academic, and social-emotional assessment
- Behavioral, social-emotional, and academic interventions
- Counseling, play therapy, and family therapy
- Systems level intervention: response to intervention
- Multicultural issues
- Psychological foundations: developmental, cognitive, and physical bases of behavior
- Statistics and research methodologies
Alfred University's MA/CAS program in School Psychology satisfies the academic portion of the New York State Education Department requirements for permanent certification, as well as the requirements for National Certification as a school psychologist.