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School Psychology

Program Co-Director
Silas Pinto

Program Co-Director
Steven Luz-Alterman

Welcome message from the program directors

If you are a first time visitor, peruse our site for detailed information about all aspects of our program. If you have questions, contact the co-director, Steven Luz-Alterman at steven.luz-alterman@tufts.edu or 617.627.2390. We are pleased that you are considering school psychology as a career, and hope that you will find our program suits your professional interests.

School psychologists have a vital responsibility in the nation's schools to promote mental health and secure quality education for all children. Our Master of Arts/Educational Specialist (MA/EdS) degree in School Psychology is founded on the following philosophical principles:

  • We are morally and ethically compelled to address the inequities in our nation's educational system, such as the underachievement of racial and linguistic minority children and the misidentification of children with disabilities.
  • All knowledge is historically situated. The systemic problems children face in schools exist within a network of social relationships that can be studied and transformed.
  • New knowledge and research are generated within a socio-political context. This context is infused in our program via the reflection upon all aspects of practice through a multicultural lens.
  • We emphasize an expanded, problem solving role for school psychologists built upon an eco-systemic and developmental perspective necessary to address the complex nature of contemporary school related problems.
  • Tufts University's School Psychology Program supports the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy developed by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Our program is geared toward research informed, school based practice. Since School Psychology is writing intensive, our students develop these skills. For the first two years, students are engaged in academic course work, but this balance gradually shifts toward the full time internship experience in the third year. Students work in the field from the beginning of the program and accumulate a minimum of 1950 hours of supervised experience over the three years. Our Step UP Boston program is one example of our commitment to social justice. Providing high quality services in urban and urban rim schools is a program priority. With approximately 15 students admitted each year, we are a relatively small program conveniently located with access to a variety of urban, urban rim, and suburban communities. Students' media needs, access to assessment materials, and travel to professional conferences are well supported. Our program is approved by the state of Massachusetts and by the National Association of School Psychologists making graduates immediately eligible for both a state and national license as a School Psychologist.