Individuals in any of the following three categories are encouraged to apply:
- The applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a closely related field; and has a strong record of academic performance and relevant work. Applicants in this category would seek admission as an MA/CAGS/PsyD student.
- If offered admission to the MA/CAGS program but not the PsyD program, a matriculated student in good standing can apply to the PsyD in School Psychology program after transitioning from the MA to the CAGS level of the program in the fall of Year 2.
- The applicant holds a specialist level (e.g., CAGS) degree in school psychology and seeks admission to the PsyD program as an advanced standing student. A student who is admitted with advanced standing may apply for advanced standing credit for qualifying coursework completed for the specialist level degree program (see details below).
Students who complete the MA/CAGS level of the Program and students who are admitted with advanced standing to the PsyD will typically qualify for licensure as a school psychologist in Massachusetts, as well as other states.
The PsyD degree affords the additional value over a specialist degree in school psychology in several ways. A doctoral program (1) provides more advanced training, (2) offers the opportunity to develop areas of specialized expertise, (3) increases the capacity to supervise other professionals, (4) expands opportunities to teach in higher education, (5) enhances the capacity to conduct research and evaluation studies, and (5) may qualify an individual to practice independently as a psychologist.