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About the Program
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:
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.
About Us: School Psychology Program
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.
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.
Academic prerequisites include undergraduate coursework and 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.
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.
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