Choose Excellence with a MA/CAGS in School Psychology
The MA/CAGS in School Psychology at William James College is a 3-year program accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). You’ll earn 66 credits and the curriculum is competency based. All courses are offered on-campus, and your education is complemented throughout your 3-year program with structured, closely supervised field training in public and private schools around Greater Boston, Southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Upon graduation, you will be license eligible to become a school psychologist in Massachusetts and in many other states.
One of the unique aspects of our MA/CAGS in School Psychology is the practical, hands-on experience you’ll gain while you’re studying. This work begins in your first semester. As a student, you’ll work in a school setting supporting K-12 students, teachers, and families to gain knowledge and skills to enhance what you’re learning in the classroom, and to prepare you for your professional career after graduation.
What is School Psychology?
As a school psychologist, you will have the opportunity to provide direct services to children in the school environment. School psychologists are often the first to recognize and treat mental health issues and they may be the only mental health support students receive. The role of a school psychologist is diverse and goes beyond serving K-12 students. In addition to counseling students, you will work with educators, administrators, and caregivers to support students in all aspects of their life through prevention, intervention, and assessment.
Choose Real-World Learning with Experiential Education
Field placement is a transformational aspect of our educational model. As a School Psychology student, you’ll graduate with 3 years of supervised hands-on training experience. During each year of your program, you’ll work with a school psychologist from our Field Education Office to find a placement opportunity. We are one of the only school psychology programs where you will be in the field during your first semester.
At your site, you will work alongside a supervisor. In the 1st year, you will be placed in an elementary school, and in your second year, you will train in a middle or high school. In your 3rd year, you will work 5 days a week in an internship, in a setting that best meets your career goals and interests. We have partnerships with many school districts in public, private, urban, and suburban settings.
In addition to field experience, first year School Psychology students at William James participate in the Primary Project program. We are the only college in Massachusetts offering this experience to our students. This is an evidence-based program designed to work with elementary students who are at risk for social-emotional difficulty. This experience will allow you greater insight into early child development, as well as give you another hands-on opportunity to learn and practice basic counseling skills.
Choose Impact with a Commitment to Social Responsibility
Our School Psychology MA/CAGS program is rooted in social justice, respect for diversity, and multicultural perspective. Our approach is woven through our entire curriculum and training model. We recruit, train, mentor, and prepare professionals who are committed to delivering culturally responsive care to meet a growing need in an increasingly diverse society.
Our students also have the option to choose to participate in a co-curricular, college-wide concentration to enhance their studies and expand their learning. Available concentrations include African and Caribbean Mental Health, Asian Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, and LGBTQIA+ Studies. These concentrations afford students the opportunity to dedicate part of their training to gaining focused understanding to support a particular population, while also connecting with students and faculty across the college who share similar academic interests.
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Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life
The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center. Student leadership and student groups create more opportunities for engagement, and we are proud to be home to the William James College Black Mental Health Graduate Academy, a community for Black students enrolled in our doctoral and master’s degree programs, that provides mentorship and networking opportunities.
Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth
As a student, you will engage with faculty through education, research, mentorship, and training. All students work closely with an advisor on course planning, personal and professional development, and career goals. Each year, student progress toward program completion is reviewed periodically with your advisor, and at an annual Assessment and Planning Conference.
Our school psychology faculty members, collectively, represent expertise across many domains of psychology including social emotional learning, bullying, substance use, learning disabilities, diversity, equity, and inclusion, crisis intervention, and assessment.
William James College faculty are practicing professionals who bring their clinical expertise and real-world examples into the classroom. They pair this experience with empirically based research, teaching you nuances, protocols, and interventions, that prepare you for your field work as a student and for your career as a future school psychologist.
Our MA/CAGS in School Psychology program has full accreditation from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We received the maximum length offered by NASP (February 1, 2021-February 1, 2028).
Hear from Dr. Jason Kaplan, Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the School Psychology Department. He describes our School Psychology program in 5 minutes and discusses the role of a school psychologist, a day in the life of a school psychologist, the curriculum and field education, and what makes our school psychology program unique.