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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


School Psychology (ASP)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 42.2805
College of Education (EJ)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Education
Psychological and Social Foundations Department (EDF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
George Batsche
Phone: 813-974-9472
Email: batsche@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/schoolpsych


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List


Major Information


The M.A. degree in School Psychology is offered only when combined with the Ed.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees. The M.A. in School Psychology is not a terminal degree and cannot be used for certification or licensure as a school psychologist.

 

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below. Admission occurs once each year for the Fall class. The School Psychology program is a limited access program. This means that only a limited number of students are able to be accepted each year.

Program Admission Requirements
For all admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions. International students are also required to:

  • Provide a course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from an approved external agency
  • Submit passing TOEFL scores

Prerequisite Coursework for Admission

  • Bachelors degree or higher
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Statistics
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Tests and Measurements (including issues such as reliability, validity, standard error of measurement, etc.)
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Research Methods or Experimental Design with a lab component.

Required Admissions Materials
All admissions materials should be submitted directly to our program. A complete application includes the following:

  • A completed Application to Graduate Studies. All applications must be submitted online and can be located on our program website: http://www.usf.edu/education/schoolpsych/
  • The application fee ($30) - payable by credit card.
  • Submit official GRE scores (Note: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required; scores should not be more than 5 years old).
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have completed coursework. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher in upper division level undergraduate coursework.
  • Provide a statement of professional goals. In a 2-3 page statement, explain your immediate, intermediate, and long term goals as well as your research interests. Professional goals and research interests must be compatible with the School Psychology Program.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your scholarship and work history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitting a scholarly paper completed as part of your prior course work.
  • If invited for an interview, a) present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members and graduate students, and b) provide a writing sample related to a relevant topic to the field of school psychology during the interview process.

For International Applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet?based test, or 550 on the paper?based test, are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • The applicants native language is English, or
  • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript), or
  • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS) http://www.ielts.org/.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Major Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

 

EDF6938
EDF6214
EDF6217

Issues in Child Development
Classroom Learning
Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning

3
4
4

 

Course Requirements

SPS6936
EDF6407
SPS6197
SPS6198
EDF6288
EDF6166

Seminar in School Psychology
Statistics I
Assessment I
Assessment II
Instructional Design
Consultation

3
3
3
3
3
3

Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM REQUIREMENTS

Prior to clearance for the MA degree, candidates must satisfactorily complete a portfolio of performance-based accomplishments that is evaluated by the School Psychology faculty.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Practicum
Students must complete a school-based practicum consisting of eight (8) hours per week for a minimum of 32 weeks (2 semesters) for a total of 256 contact hours.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

33

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College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6938, EDF6214, EDF6217, SPS6936, EDF6407, SPS6197, SPS6198, EDF6288, EDF6166,