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School Psychology

School Psychology Master of Science





School Psychology Vision and Mission Statement


The Mission of the School Psychology program is to assist in the training and development of candidates who are racially and culturally underrepresented and seek School Psychology as a profession.  The School Psychology unit assumes leadership in the selection, guidance, and professional preparation of student candidates who will work in the schools of Florida and the nation.  The unit’s mission affirms both the College of Education and University’s commitment to develop educational programs applicable to all students, while embracing new and emerging technologies to improve teaching and the learning process. To this end the mission of the School Psychology Program Unit is:


  • To Train more African American Psychologist, but not exclusively, while improving the limited representation in the profession.
  • To provide exemplary education and training that is aligned with state and national governing bodies, namely NASP, NCATE, and Florida Board of Education .
  • To provide exemplary psychometric clinical practice in assessment, intervention, consultation, and collaboration in training and practice.
  • To provide exemplary education and training in multi-cultural human development, theories, principles, and concepts.
  • To provide exemplary competency performance in educational research and program evaluation to enhance the scientific-practitioner development of each student (candidate).
  • To demonstrate exemplary student and unit outcomes in training, teaching, and research.



The School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University is State approved for the Masters of Science in School Psychology and is based on a well established need for more Black and Minority School Psychologists throughout the United States (Baldwin, 1991; Connolly and Reschly; 1990).  The Master’s Degree (M.S.) consists of approximately 62 graduate semester hours in three years of full-time study and includes one years of practicum experience and a full-year of full-time internship.  The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is earned at the end of the third year at completion of the internship experience. 


The Unit’s M.S. degree is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.  The primary goal of the Unit is to assist in the training of exemplary professionals in the field of School Psychology.


The Unit embraces state and national standards and includes these practices in the training of candidates within the Unit.  Recognized practices and standards include the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Florida Board of Education. The Unit’s accreditation has been offered through the College of Education.


Beyond national accreditation, the Florida Board of Education approves the School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University.  Thus, graduates of the program are eligible for certification as school psychologists in the State of Florida.




The Unit’s Conceptual Framework is consistent with and complements the College of Education and the University’s Mission statements.  The shared vision of the Professional Education Unit is to prepare exemplary professionals who are able to go into the educational institutions of Florida, the nation and the world armed with knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will facilitate learning for students, support interactions and partnerships with community stakeholders, and engender on-going professional development for themselves and others.  The conceptual framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and Unit accountability.  It describes an exemplary School Psychology professional who is exemplary in knowledge, reflection, and commitment to democratic values and service to diverse communities.           


The School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University is committed to training professionals who have expertise in the depth and diversity of both psychology and education.  This training is accomplished within a Scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes comprehensive school psychological services using a social and cognitive behavioral learning theory orientation that recognizes the impact of children and their families’ individual differences.


The breadth of school psychology roles, functions and settings. As one of the three identified applied specialty areas within the profession of psychology, school psychology is comprised of a broad set of knowledge bases and skills which address the psycho-educational development of children and adolescents‑‑especially as they interface with the educational and socialization process. To that end, school psychology focuses on all school‑aged children and adolescents and their psychological/mental health and educational/cognitive progress.





Program’s Admission and Eligibility Requirements

At the Professional Level, School psychology applicants must meet graduate level admission criteria.  Eligibility for admission to the graduate programs in psychology is based on the admission standards of the State University System. Admission to graduate study is granted to qualified applicants who are seeking degrees and to qualified post-baccalaureate students who may wish to upgrade specialty certifications or enhance their knowledge. The psychology department’s admission committee reviews and evaluates all applications in terms of their satisfying the admissions criteria. All applications meeting the criteria are recommended for admission to the department chairperson and letters of acceptance are sent out a short time thereafter. The decision on whether credits earned by post-baccalaureate students can be applied toward a graduate degree at some later time is determined exclusively by the academic unit offering the degree sought. The unit’s decision is not subject to appeal. To be granted admission to a degree program, applicants:

(1) Must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of
higher education with specialization in psychology and or education;

(2) Must present official transcripts and standardized test scores,

(3) Provide three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

(4) Demonstrate potential for successful graduate study;

(5) Should have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and
made a combined score of at least 1,000 on the verbal and
quantitative sections of the GRE;

(6) Acquired a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 system) over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study,.

(7) Obtain an official background check which meet 




Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, November 2nd 3:00 pm - 5:00 PM

On-site Interviews

Thursday, November 3rd 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Job & Internship Fair is an excellent opportunity for counties in need of school psychologists and interns to interact with individuals seeking those positions. If you are interested in participating in this year's Job & Internship Fair either as a recruiter or a job-seeker, please contact:

Job & Internship Fair

Committee Chairperson

Cary Ballesteros

(305) 643-5780



The 32nd Annual FASP Conference will celebrate diversity in our profession. In light of the No Child Left Behind Act, state and federal reading initiatives, and reauthorization of IDEA, three key areas will be explored:

Diversity in Culture

Diversity in Individuals

Diversity in Practice

The conference will be held at:

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Hollywood, Florida

November 2-5, 2005


Use Project Management For Your Thesis:

A 2-day seminar


10/11/05 & 10/13/05

10:15 - 11:30



All Engineering & Science Thesis Performing Graduate Students


Reginald Parker, Ph.D., MBA

Assistant Professor

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Topics to be addressed:

Do what's necessary

Eliminate inconsequential work

Write what's necessary

Efficient management of the academic research program

Formulating a topic

Reading literature


The thesis

Please rsvp:

"Excellence With Caring"

Created by: Ms. Angelia Black
                  Department Secretary