Graduates of our School Psychology program will be well-positioned for a rewarding career as certified school psychologist.
Ed.S. in School Psychology (Post-Master's)
Our Ed.S. in School Psychology program is designed for professionals who hold a master’s degree in counseling, or a closely related field, and want to pursue further education and/or become school psychologists.
Why Study School Psychology at Rivier?
School psychologists work as key members of an educational team. Through advanced training in mental health, learning, and behavioral strategies, school psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally, and support teachers’ capacity to educate all learners. Rivier’s Ed.S. in School Psychology program will hone your critical thinking skills and create an enhanced breadth of professional knowledge.
In this program you will:
- Learn the skills and strategies necessary to help students succeed in and out of the classroom
- Develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills
- Become an effective communicator and collaborator
Program of Study
This is a 42-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits. Our curriculum, including program prerequisites, is designed to comply with New Hampshire Department of Education standards for school psychologist certification.
Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.
In New Hampshire, school psychologists are certified by the Bureau of Credentialing, under the banner of the Department of Education. School psychology is considered an educational specialist certification. Certification does not allow for private practice.
Graduates may wish to apply for national certification. The Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) qualification is granted by the National School Psychology Certification Board.
Assistant Professor of Education Cheryl Maykel, Ph.D. is a nationally certified school psychologist with state certification in school psychology in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Her current research interests are in the areas of mind-body health, childhood obesity andphysical activity, and classroom disruptive behavior. Widely published, articles on her research appear in the Journal of Applied School Psychology, the International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, and the Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, among many others.
Where Will Your Counseling Degree Take You?
Graduates are prepared for a variety of leadership roles in a range of educational settings.
- School psychologists
- School psychologist administrators
- School district student evaluators
- School psychology college faculty/educators
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Further your education and hone your skills and professional knowledge with an Ed.S. in School Psychology from Rivier.