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School Psychology

About the Program

About Us: School Psychology Program

Student Involvement

SPARC (School Psychology Awareness and Recruitment Committee) is a student-run group designed to raise awareness among our campus and community about school psychology. SPARC members from each class meet monthly with a faculty representative to plan recruitment initiatives and events such as an open house, student panels, School Psychology Awareness Day, and Interview Day.

Our Focus

School Psychology

The demographics of our nation continue to change, and along with them life in our schools. These complex changes are not limited to urban and urban rim communities, but significantly impact suburban communities as well. Active engagement in the life of complex school systems, with the aim of confronting difficult social problems and promoting equity and fairness for all in the school community, presents many challenges to the practice of school psychology.

The School Psychology Program prepares students to be culturally responsive problem-solvers ready to serve all children from diverse backgrounds across a range of communities. This is accomplished by analyzing children's school-based challenges from multiple perspectives to inform interventions that promote school success.

Thus, our program seeks applicants who are:

  • Diverse, including underrepresented groups in school psychology. Over the past three years, we have averaged 33% of our incoming class representing these groups.
  • Prepared to engage in conversations around issues of race, class, culture, language, gender, and sexuality as they are reproduced in our schools.
  • Willing to question themselves, asking "How do I need to change myself before I can become an effective professional working with all children?"
  • Experienced (volunteer or paid) working with children, adolescents, and/or families in educational or mental health settings, or in a research capacity.

Academic prerequisites include the following undergraduate coursework: Abnormal psychology; a course in child, adolescent, or lifespan development; and a course in statistics, research methods, or measurement in the social sciences. An undergraduate psychology major satisfies all prerequisite course requirements.

Tufts University also offers advanced degrees in the areas of Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Experimental, and Social Psychology through the Department of Psychology.

Job Placement

On average, 100% of our graduates are employed as school psychologists within three months of graduating from the program. In any given year, 75% are typically employed at schools in Massachusetts across the k-12 age range.

School Psychology

Objectives

  • Address the needs of children, families, and schools with respect to issues of race, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • Use problem-solving practices leading to data-based decision making and evidence-based interventions at the individual, group, systems, and policy levels.
  • Demonstrate skills in the areas of assessment, collaborative problem-solving, prevention, mental health counseling, behavioral intervention, and consultation that are culturally informed.
  • Evaluate research evidence (from the professional literature and clinical practice) for intervention planning, program development, and evaluation, with an awareness of the social and political context of all research activity.
  • Engage in ethical, legal and responsible practice encompassing a moral and ethical commitment to addressing inequities in schools.
  • Integrate coursework, field experiences, research skill, and technology into a developing knowledge base that informs practical solutions to school-based problems.