School Psychologist, Advanced Certificate

School of Education

Program Overview

The Advanced Certificate in school psychology is a 27-course credit curriculum in theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Students collaborate with faculty and build professional portfolios that include publications and presentations at local and national conferences. Upon completion of the 33-credit M.S.Ed. and then the 27-credit advanced certificate, graduates are eligible to apply for certification in school psychology with New York State and to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential with the National Association of School Psychologists. We prepare our graduates to work with ethnically and racially diverse populations in New York City public and private schools.

School Psychologist, Advanced Certificate

Where You'll Go

Our graduates are sought after by public and private schools, where they counsel students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The program provides graduates with New York State Initial Certification as school counselors, who must then meet New York State Education Department requirements to obtain Professional Certification.

Program Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023-2024 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Program Description

The school psychologist graduate program comprises an M.S.Ed. and an Advanced Certificate in school psychology and consists of a 60-credit curriculum in theory, research, and evidence-based practice. The program is registered with the New York State Department of Education, and has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Upon completion of the 33-credit M.S.Ed. and then the 27-credit Advanced Certificate, graduates are eligible to apply for certification in school psychology with New York State and to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential with the NASP. Students collaborate with faculty and build professional portfolios that include publications and presentations at local and national conferences.

Matriculation Requirements

Applicants must present an M.S. in education degree for school psychologist (or the appropriate equivalent) as well as the requirements described above under the M.S. in education degree for school psychologist.

Program Requirements (27 Credits)

Twenty-seven credits (beyond the master’s degree) are required for the advanced certificate, selected from the following courses: SPCL 7904T, 7902X, 7905X, 7931T, 7932T, 7923X, 7907X, 7933X, 7934X, 7912X, 7913X, 7920X, and 7921X.

During the first term, students must file a program of study approved by the program coordinator. Students must continuously maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (B). A student who earns six credits below B- will not be awarded an advanced certificate.

Completion of the advanced certificate program in addition to the M.S.Ed in school psychology fulfills requirements for provisional certification as school psychologist by the New York State Education Department.

Student Learning Outcomes

The School Psychologist Graduate Program training goals are consistent with ethical guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association. A program of training and extensive field experiences develops the following competencies.

  • Proficiency in psycho-educational assessment related to school difficulties and learning disorders with the ability to translate these results into appropriate models of service delivery.
  • Proficiency in psychological assessment related to behavior, personality, and mental disorders with the ability to translate these results into appropriate models of service delivery.
  • Proficiency in implementation of prevention strategies, and direct and indirect intervention approaches to serve all students’ needs, particularly those with disabilities and the ability to evaluate the results of service outcomes.
  • The ability to engage in collaborative practice and implement a range of contextually appropriate consultative services.
  • Familiarity with the organization of schools, including general and special education, and developmentally appropriate curriculum approaches for children with diverse educational needs.
  • An understanding of research methodologies and the ability to implement applied research in complex urban school environments.
  • A capacity for critical self-reflection to gain insight on self and others for the purpose of evaluating and improving service delivery and nurture a strong commitment to ethical guidelines of professional practice.
  • An understanding of the full range of diversity in the human condition, including, racial, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, individual differences/disabilities, and a willingness and capability to work with all populations.
  • A commitment to promote school policies and ethical practices that advance social justice and expand opportunities for all children.
  • A capacity to use technology to develop and enhance school psychology practice.

Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Application Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Application Deadline: The program does not accept applications for spring.

Supporting Documents for Matriculation

Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree outside the United States need to submit a course-by-course international transcript evaluation. See Graduate Admissions for more information.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Applicants must present an M.S. in education degree for school psychologist (or an appropriate equivalent) as well as the requirements for the M.S. in education degree for school psychologist.
  • A brief biographical statement of 500 to 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing the specific graduate program to which you are applying and your future professional goals.

Interview with department.

Required Tests

  • F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL—79, IELTS—6.5, PTE—58–63, Duolingo—105–160.

All students accepted in to the School of Education are required to submit fingerprint verification before signing up for most education classes. Verification is needed if you already have fingerprint records or not. Read the instructions and if you have questions about the instructions, you can contact Helen Spencer via e-mail.

Refer to the instructions at Graduate Admissions.

Contact

Paul McCabe

paulmc@brooklyn.cuny.edu
718.951.5876
1107 James Hall

Or contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.4536
E: grads@brooklyn.cuny.edu

Office Hours

Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

To make an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor, visit:

BC Admissions Appointment Tool

Internships and Employers

Students complete internships in public and private schools throughout the New York City region as well as across the United States. The internship is a full-time, 10-month supervised experience designed to hone the requisite skills and knowledge to work as a school psychologist. Our graduates are hired by school districts, hospitals, clinics, early childhood centers, and universities, both locally and nationwide. Given the strong demand for school psychologists nationally, all of our graduates find gainful employment shortly after graduation.

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