Center for Psychological Studies

School Psychology

Specialist Program (Psy.S.) in School Psychology

Program Description

The specialist program in school psychology is approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). In addition, the specialist program in school psychology holds the designation of national Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation for this program is awarded to the university through the Fischler School of Education as follows: The Fischler School of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at all university locations and online. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

The school psychology program prepares graduate students to work as professional practitioners to help children and youth succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Our program was developed in response to the state and national critical shortage of school psychologist and the increased public attention being paid to the important role that school psychologist play in addressing daunting challenges such as school violence, academic achievement of diverse students, etc.

The School Psychology Program consist of 79 credit hours that span over three years of coursework (including practica) and a full-time, one year internship. The curriculum is designed to meet the current educational requirements for the Florida DOE certification specialization in school psychology (Rule 6A-04311) and for licensure in school psychology under Chapter 490, Florida Statues. Students benefit from the expertise of full-time faculty whose primary interests are in the field of school psychology, 30 other full-time faculty members that include nationally renowned professionals, and several core part-time and adjunct faculty that work as practitioners or administrators in the schools. Students also enjoy the benefits of a diverse student body, hands on training and research opportunities in a variety of areas.

Who should enroll?

The specialist program is open to individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology, education, counseling, guidance, or related field who demonstrate the scholastic ability and interpersonal skills to be an effective psychological practitioner in the schools.

Graduate students, graduates of clinical or counseling psychology doctoral programs or school psychology programs may request to take courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Requests will be accommodated, as space is available.

Enrollment is limited. As such, prospective students are advised to apply at the earliest possible date.

There are some required courses (e.g., Social and Cultural Bases of Assessment & Counseling) that may require some personal disclosures by the student as part of the course requirements. Other courses may require a deeper level of ongoing self-disclosure as part of the class process.

Off Campus Program Site Information


Required Courses: 79 total credits
crn course name credit
PSY 700 Learning and Human Development 3 credits
PSY 710 Psychology of Exceptional and At-Risk Children 3 credits
PSY 715 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3 credits
PSY 720 Biological Bases of Behavior 3 credits
PSY 735 Organization and Operation of Schools 3 credits
PSY 750 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 credits
PSY 770 Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues for School Psychologists 3 credits
PSY 765 Applied Behavioral Assessment 3 credits
PSY 780 Psychoeducational Assessment 3 credits
PSY 782 Assessment: Intelligence Testing I with Lab 4 credits
PSY 784 Assessment: Intelligence Testing II 3 credits
PSY 786 Projective/Objective Personality Assessment 3 credits
PSY 789 Assessment of Special Populations 3 credits
PSY 792 Integrated Report 3 credits
PSY 705 Social and Cultural Bases of Assessment and Counseling 3 credits
PSY 730 Instructional Strategies for Students with Diverse Needs 3 credits
PSY 755 School Consultation Skills 3 credits
PSY 760 Contemporary Clinical Interventions for the School Psychologists 3 credits
PSY 775 Theories & Research in Reading Instruction, Assessment, and Intervention 3 credits
PSY 740 Educational Statistics 3 credits
PSY 745 Research Design 3 credits
PSY 800 Practicum in School Psychology School Based 3 credits
PSY 805 Practicum in School Psychology Clinic Based 3 credits
PSY 810 Internship in School Psychology 6 credits

Program Format

The format is designed for the working professional with courses offered primarily on weekends and evenings. Students will typically take nine credit hours per semester; including the summer term. The degree is designed with an expected completion date of four years, including a one-year internship. Students will be required to complete two practica one of which will be school-based.

The program is offered on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale campus, as well as, at the Tampa and Palm Beach Regional Campuses.