MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
The FMU Psychology Department began offering a Specialist in School Psychology (S.S.P.) degree in Fall 2010. The information on this website has been updated to reflect the implementation of this program option.
** The FMU graduate program no longer grants a terminal M.S. degree in Applied Psychology, School Psychology Option. All School Psychology students are expected to graduate with the S.S.P.
** The M.S. degree in Applied Psychology, Clinical/Counseling Option, remains unaffected by the S.S.P. program change.
Coordinator of Clinical/Counseling Psychology: Dr. William P. Wattles
Coordinator of School Psychology: Dr. Crystal R. Hill-Chapman
Francis Marion University is responsive to the needs of the region by offering the Master of Science Degree in Applied Psychology (MSAP) and the Specialist Degree in School Psychology (SSP), and proposing program modifications to these professional degrees as indicated. Graduates of the MSAP and SSP programs will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work as professionals in clinical, school, health, and other community settings as scientist practitioners. The MSAP program adheres to the standards of training of the Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC). The Specialist Program in School Psychology is approved as a specialist-level training program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students and graduates of the MSAP and SSP programs bring scholarship and reflection to their work, and an understanding of diversity in clientele, methodology, and application. Students and graduates of the MSAP and SSP programs report that their training occurred in a positive learning environment that recognized and nurtured diversity while emphasizing academic excellence. MSAP and SSP faculty produce scholarship that enhances teaching, involves students, and contributes to the profession of psychology. MSAP and SSP faculty consult with and render academic and practical assistance to local human service agencies, hospitals, and regional schools.
Enrollment in the program is limited. Students must be accepted as a graduate degree student or graduate non-degree student in order to register for courses. Students develop an organized plan of study in consultation with an adviser. Courses are offered during evening hours. Practicum and other clinical experiences generally occur during normal business/school hours, but may require evening or weekend commitments. Courses offer a blend of classroom activities and experiential training designed to acquaint the student with both the theory and the practical applications of psychological knowledge.
While classes are taught in the evening, school psychology students should be mindful that practicum experiences must occur during the day. Additionally, the internship must be a full-time experience as a school psychologist in a public school setting during the fall and spring semesters. Clinical/Counseling students should be aware that their internship also requires a full-time commitment that may require them to take a leave of absence from other employment.
Students wishing to undertake graduate study in psychology first must meet with the Coordinator of the Clinical/Counseling Option, or the School Option (as appropriate) in the Department of Psychology for advising.
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