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School Psychology Practice In Contemporary U.S. Society

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 are frequent in 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 Tufts University School Psychology Program seeks:

  • A diverse cohort of students, including underrepresented groups in school psychology. Over the past three years, we have averaged from 25 to 33% of our incoming class representing these groups.
     
  • Applicants who are prepared to engage in conversations around issues of race, class, culture, language, gender, and sexuality as they are reproduced in our schools.
     
  • Applicants who think critically and are willing to question themselves, asking "How do I need to change myself before I can become an effective professional working with all children?"
     
  • Applicants with previous experience (volunteer or paid) working with children, adolescents, and/or families in educational or mental health settings, or in a research capacity. Academic prerequisites include undergraduate coursework in developmental psychology or theories of personality, abnormal psychology, and statistics.

We invite you to join us! Our twenty-four course program leading to the Master of Arts and Educational Specialist degrees is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Interested applicants should contact Steven Luz-Alterman for more information about this program.

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

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