School Psychology MEd/EdS

Please note: Those who hold a master’s degree in a closely related area (e.g., special education, counseling) should apply to the program at the EdS level. All others should apply to the program at the MEd level.

The School Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to prepare professionals whose primary interests involve children, families, and the educational process. Training goals are founded on a respect for the dignity and worth of all people, with a commitment to appreciating and responding to human diversity. Coursework integrates theory and research in child and adolescent development. It emphasizes evidence-based intervention approaches for psychological services in schools. An important mission of the School Psychology Program is the development of attitudes essential for professional problem-solving and life-long learning. The School Psychology Program is committed to a philosophy of social justice and inclusion compatible with the mission of the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston.

The primary goal of the School Psychology Program at UMass Boston is to prepare practitioners to provide psychological and educational services to children, adolescents, and their families as part of a school-based multi-disciplinary team. The role of a school psychologist is complex. School psychologists are called upon to perform a variety of tasks and assume many responsibilities, including that of assessment specialist, consultant, counselor, administrator, researcher, educational programmer, trainer of school staff, preventive mental health agent, and liaison to community organizations. The UMass Boston School Psychology Program is competency based, using a problem-solving, consultative model to train students to be effective in these multiple roles. The program emphasizes a holistic approach, requiring the consideration of multiple factors starting with biological and neuropsychological bases, individual strengths and needs, as well as consideration of family, teacher, classroom, school, neighborhood, community, and culture. Students learn to support the development of children and adolescents by assessment and intervention at the individual and systems (family, school, and community) levels. This program fosters collaboration with other professionals and the integration of multiple perspectives.

Why Apply to UMass Boston’s School Psychology MEd/EdS Program?

Because times have changed. While academic matters are still an important focus of schools, school psychologists have emerged as advocates for children, providing compassionate guidance to ensure that student social-emotional issues are being addressed in schools. School psychologists play various roles in school systems, including that of crisis interventionist, counselor, assessment expert, community outreach coordinator, and mental health expert.

Application Deadline

January 2