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Certificate of Advanced Study

School Psychology

Program of Study


The 73-credit CAS curriculum includes an embedded 30-credit master's in educational psychology that is required for permanent NYS certification as a school psychologist.


Psychological Foundations

  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Children’s Learning and Cognitive Development 
  • Social Psychological Foundations in Professional Psychology 
  • Developmental Psychopathology 
  • Individual Differences 

Educational Foundations

  • Introduction to Law and Education 
  • Strategic Interventions in Literacy Difficulties 
  • Introduction to Human Exceptionality


Research, Measurement, and Statistics

  • Statistical Methods I 
  • Research Design 
  • Research Project in Educational Psychology


Professional School Psychology

  • Introduction to School Psychology 
  • Cognitive Assessment 
  • Educational/Achievement Assessment 
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral Assessment 
  • Behavioral Consultation and Intervention 
  • Instructional Consultation and Intervention 
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Prevention and Health Promotion


Professional Practice and Field Training

Field Experience I: Practicum in School Psychology: 420 Hours

In your second year, you move through a planned sequence of supervised training experiences that expose you to the full range of school psychology services. This requirement is usually fulfilled through two days of on-site work per week over two semesters, coupled with weekly meetings on campus.

Full-Time Student Internship in School Psychology: 1200 Hours

During your third-year internship, you directly participate in interventions and support students who are encountering educational, social, emotional, and behavioral problems in public schools. Internships typically comprise ten months of full-time work in a school setting, coupled with group seminars and reflective practice.

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact the Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center at [email protected].

This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.

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Graduate Student Funding

Stipends are available to CAS students through certain internship opportunities.

NASP-Approved Program

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and meets the education requirement needed to become a certified school psychologist in New York State.


For more information, contact:

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

If you’re a current UAlbany undergraduate student with at least a 3.2 GPA, you can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework as early as your junior year. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees.

Contact your undergraduate advisor to see if you’re eligible and learn about your combined graduate program options.

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Admissions Requirements


Fall: January 10
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available

There is no departmental assistantship consideration for this program

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of goals
    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 
  • 12 credits of psychology coursework
  • Submitting GRE scores is optional. GRE scores will be considered if applicants choose to submit them. However, applicants will not be penalized if they are not submitted.
Special Notes

This program requires field experience, as well as an internship. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.   

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

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  • To prepare research scholars in educational psychology with methodological competence to make contributions to the field.

Careers and Advisement

The Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is the central office on campus serving undergraduate, graduate, and prospective students interested in pursuing careers in education and programs leading to teacher certification.

Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

Graduate Advisement:
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