The Master of Science in School Psychology contributes to developing professionals capable of carrying out school-wide interventions to improve the quality of life of those seeking help. Available at our San Juan campus, the MS-SSP program also prepares future school psychologists to manage children and adolescents who are going through social, academic, and emotional problems.
In addition, students pursuing a Master of Science in School Psychology take part in 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.
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- Upon completing the Master of Science in School Psychology degree, our graduate students can apply for the Puerto Rico Psychology Licensing Board Exam. Upon approval, they can become licensed school psychologists. Graduate students are also encouraged to take other exams, such as the PRAXIS Exam (the United States licensing exam).
- Students completing the master of science 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 faculty members of this program have experience in areas 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 school psychology master’s program, students can experience a collaborative environment by working with master’s students from other specialties through integrated development and educational courses and clinics.
- The Master of Science in School Psychology program currently offers its courses on our San Juan and Mayaguez campuses.
- Our Master of Science program contemplates the learning of competencies based on the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Nonetheless, it also considers social, intercultural, and intra-cultural needs, which allows our students easier mobility to apply for local and international jobs.
- The philosophy of the 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 National Association of School Psychologists (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 specialization to ensure adequate and comprehensive service delivery.
- A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale of all degrees conferred.
- Albizu University (AU) reserves the right of admission to candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements and will take the following exceptional admission criteria into consideration: a minimum 2.5 GPA, as long as the cumulative general average is at least 3.0 in the specialization or concentration courses. A minimum 3.0 GPA for a master's degree can also be considered. Admitted applicants will have a semester to meet satisfactory academic progress applicable to their academic level in order to remain as active students in the program for the rest of the course of study.
- Access the following link to complete your admission application: https://albizu.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/prospectinquiry.aspx. In addition, you can digitally attach your admission documents in PDF format.
- Present official transcripts from all institutions attended. Please send them to:
ALBIZU UNIVERSITY SAN JUAN CAMPUS ADMISSIONS OFFICE PO BOX 9023711 SAN JUAN, PR 00902-3711
- 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.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, employer, or community leader (in accordance with the AU format).
- Negative criminal record certificate, which can be requested online.
- Original health certificate.
- Proof of hepatitis-B vaccination.
- 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. For more information, visit: http://www.salud.gov.pr/Dept-de-Salud/Pages/Unidades-Operacionales/Secretaria-Auxiliar-de-Salud-Familiar-y-Servicios-Integrados/Division-de-Inmunizacion-Vacunacion.aspx
- 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). 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.