School Psychology Graduate Program
School psychology graduate students earn the M.A./C.A.S. in School Psychology. Our NASP-Accredited program provides carefully-focused knowledge and training in school psychology, following the scientist-practitioner model. Students work closely with individual faculty members and become eligible for New York State and National Certification in School Psychology.
The mission of the School Psychology M.A./C.A.S. Program at SUNY Plattsburgh is to prepare scientist practitioners who are competent to provide a full range of school psychological services. Students are prepared to work with diverse clients in the provision of these services to schools, communities, families, and individual children. It is the graduate program’s objective to provide a rigorous academic preparation that includes a wide range of experiences, both scholarly and practical. These activities are designed to foster a strong background in theoretical and applied psychological practice, professionalism, and to enhance opportunities for future employment and/or further graduate education.
Why attend SUNY Plattsburgh’s School Psychology M.A./C.A.S. Program?
School Psychology Certification Eligibility and Employment
- State and National Certification. After successful completion of our program, you are eligible to apply for New York State Certification in School Psychology. Our program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), which makes you eligible to apply to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). For more information, visit https://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/national-certification.
- Employment. School Psychologist was recently listed as one of the “100 best jobs.” Employment opportunities are very good in most parts of the country. Virtually all graduates of our program are employed in school psychology positions. Many have taken employment in other states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington.
- Faculty. Our program has knowledgeable and supportive faculty, and an excellent faculty to student ratio (1:10).
- Immediate School Placement. Our graduate students have a school placement (practicum site) beginning in the first semester, so professional and applied training is available from the start.
Center for Neurobehavioral Health
The Center for Neurobehavioral Health is comprised of several clinics and offers many hands-on opportunities for graduate students. These clinics will soon be housed in a brand-new facility. Some opportunities for graduate students include:
- Neuropsychology. Our program offers a course in Neuropsychology which serves as a capstone course for training in assessment. Students gain experience in the Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducational Services, which is a part of the SUNY College at Plattsburgh Center for Neurobehavioral Health. For more information visit www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/centers/cisp/.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders. For students interested in autism, our program offers unique training opportunities working alongside board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) at Nexus, a social competence program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; and in the Peer Network Program, a school- and community-based training program for classmates of children with high-functioning autism. For more information, visit www.plattsburgh.edu/offices/centers/cisp/autism/.
- Unique Internship. Our graduate students have an opportunity to apply for an Internship at the Neuropsychological Clinic and Psychoeducational Services.
Graduate Assistantships and Research Opportunities
- Assistantships. SUNY College at Plattsburgh offers graduate assistantships through the Psychology Department, as well as campus wide, including the assistantship at the Neuropsychology Clinic and Psychoeducational Services. For more information, visit www.plattsburgh.edu/admissions/graduate/assistantships/.
- Professional Conference Presentations. Graduate students conduct research with doctoral level faculty advisors, which often leads to state, national, and/or international conference presentations and/or publications.
- iPads. Thanks to Educational Technology Grants, graduate students can use iPads and applications in their classes and practica for the first two years of graduate work.
- Living in Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh lies adjacent to the great Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain. Burlington (Vermont) and Montreal (Canada) are within an hour’s drive, which offer an enormous range of cultural and recreational activities, such as art exhibits, canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing, to name a few.
If you would like more information about the school psychology graduate program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. Laci Charette
Phone: (518) 564-3385
Toll-free Phone: (800) 441-7215
Fax: (518) 564-3397