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Master of Science in School Psychology

This program contributes to the development of capable professionals who will be able to carry out school-wide interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of those who seek help. It also prepares future school psychologists in managing the behavioral needs of children and adolescents who are going through social, academic, and emotional problems. In addition, students take part of a 1,200 hour internship in real school settings, working directly with school personnel and students from preschool to 21 years of age, focusing on the areas of prevention, education, collaboration, evaluation, intervention, research, planning and consultation.

Available in the following locations:

SJU MYZ

Credits

54 credits

Academic Level

Master's degree

Duration

2 years and 1 semester
SJU - Dra. Gretchen Seda

Program director:

Gretchen I. Seda Irizarry, PhD (acting director)

787-725-6500, ext.1518
gseda@albizu.edu
P.O. Box 9023711
San Juan, PR 00902-3711 oficina #17

Highlights

  • Upon completion of their degree, our graduate students can request to take the Puerto Rico Psychology Licensing Board Exam, and upon approval become licensed school psychologists. Similarly, graduate students are encouraged to take other exams such as the PRAXIS Exam (United States Licensing Exam).
  • Students completing the master’s program will graduate with the necessary skills to work as school psychologists in public and private schools, independent practice, hospitals, state departments of education, and other educational centers.
  • The program’s faculty members have experience in topics such as crisis management and prevention, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), coping skills, behavior modification, learning difficulties, and positive learning environments, among others.
  • Early in the program, students have the opportunity to interact with graduate students from other specialties through integrated development and educational courses and clinics to experience a collaborative environment.

In Focus

  • The master's program is currently offered on campus, online, and in a hybrid modality.
  • Our program ponders the learning of competences based on the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), but considering the social, intercultural, and intra-cultural needs, which allows our students easier mobility for local and international jobs.
  • The philosophy of Albizu University’s (AU) Master of Science in School Psychology program is guided by the NASP Model for Integrated and Comprehensive School Psychological Services, also known as the NASP Practice Model, which represents the official policy of the NASP regarding the provision of school psychological services. The practice model allows flexibility for agencies and professionals to develop policies and procedures that meet local and socio-cultural needs, while providing sufficient specificity to ensure adequate and comprehensive service delivery.

Join our student community!

  1. Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Only the GPA of the degrees conferred will be considered.
  2. Albizu University(AU) reserves the right of admission to candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and will consider the following exceptional admission criteria: a GPA of 2.5, as long as it is at least 3.0 in the taken specialization or concentration courses. A minimum GPA for a master's degree of 3.0 may also be considered if the applicant has a master's degree. Admitted applicants will have a semester to meet the academic progress requirements that are applicable to their academic level to remain as active students for the duration of their program.
  3. Complete your application for admission through the following link: https://albizu.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/prospectinquiry.aspx. In addition, you can attach the required documents in PDF format.
  4. Official transcripts from all institutions you have attended. These transcripts must be sent to:
    ALBIZU UNIVERSITY
    MAYAGÜEZ UNIVERSITY CENTER
    ADMISSIONS OFFICE
    PO BOX 3476
    MAYAGÜEZ, PR 00681-3476
  5. Results of the Graduate Studies Admission Examination (EXADEP) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the scores from exams taken within the last five years will be accepted.
  6. Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader (in accordance with AU format).
  7. Negative criminal record certificate, which can be requested online.
  8. Original health certificate.
  9. Proof of hepatitis-B vaccination.
  10. Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3, green form) with original signature of the issuing physician. Applies only to applicants who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of admission. Act No. 25 of 1983 (on immunization) requires that all students 21 years of age or younger, who wish to enter any educational institution in the country, provide an original copy of their PVAC-3 to show that they comply with the minimum immunization requirements. Click here for more information.
  11. International students must present the evaluation of their academic credentials, certified by a duly authorized agency.

Note: Albizu University reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Albizu University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1974. The San Juan Campus and the Mayaguez University Center have been authorized to operate with a license from the Board of Postsecondary Institutions (previously known as Council on Education of Puerto Rico).The master’s degree curriculum was designed based on NASP standards.

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