School Psychologists Benefit from “Much Faster Than Average” Growth

As more government leaders realize – and prioritize – the vital role of a school psychologist in addressing violence, diverse student academic challenges and many other of today’s most urgent educational issues, school boards are facing a shortage of qualified experts in Florida and nationwide.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database, school psychologists are projected to grow “much faster than average.” The Nova Southeastern University Psy.S. School Psychology program is NASP- and NCATE-accredited and DOE-Approved: preparing you to help children succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally.

Smaller classes assure you more interaction with our national school psychology experts. NSU’s faculty is considered by many of their peers to be among the best in the profession. Convenient evening and weekend schedules keep you progressing without interrupting your career.

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DOE-approved, Recognized by NASP and NCATE

Approved by Florida Department of Education (DOE)
Holds “National Recognition” by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Fast Facts

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Psy.D. in School Psychology programs in the nation accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

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Doctoral programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

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On-site psychology clinics where students can get real-world experience in varying areas of study.

Quick Facts

Delivery Options

Offered on campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie and Tampa.

Start Dates

Fort Lauderdale/Davie: classes start in August. Apply by January 8 (early admission) or June 30 (regular admission).  Tampa: classes start in January. Apply by November 15.

Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $860 per credit hour.

Degree Completion

NSU’s Psy.S in School Psychology program is structured as a four-year, on-campus curriculum for working professionals: minimum of 79 total credits to complete, including 1-year internship. (Also available: three-year program for non-working, full-time students.)

Which School Psychology Degree is Right for Me – Psy.S. or Psy.D.?

If your goal is to work directly with children in K-12 schools, the Psy.S. degree enables you to graduate sooner, at less cost. If you seek teaching, researching or senior-level roles, you’ll likely need to earn your doctorate.
Psy.S. in School Psychology

National standard for entry into this specialized field

About three years of study + full-time, one-year internship 

Graduate sooner, enter field faster:

  • Qualifies you to pursue comprehensive practice and career advancement primarily in schools or related settings
  • May qualify for private or independent practice (varies by state)
Psy.D. in School Psychology

Highest level of education in this specialized field

About five to six years of study + full-time, one-year internship

Qualify for broader or higher-level career roles:

  • Comprehensive practice and career advancement in schools, private/independent practice, hospitals 
  • University teaching 
  • Research 
  • Possibly greater eligibility for other credentials

Meet Our National School Psychology Experts

Peter Caproni, Ph.D.

Dr. Caproni’s focus is school safety (particularly needs of diverse students and students identifying as LGBT), post-traumatic growth, public policy advocacy, mindfulness, collaborative/therapeutic assessment and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Ralph Cash, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Cash concentrates on suicide prevention, psychology student training using simulated patients, doctoral-level school psychologist competency determination, and assessments of the effects of public policy advocacy training on advocacy behaviors.

Scott Poland, Ed.D.

Dr. Poland’s core interests include school safety, youth suicide, self-injury, bullying, school crisis prevention/intervention, threat assessment and parenting in challenging times.

Sarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D, ABPP

Dr. Valley-Gray’s passion is psychology training, including areas of supervision, use of standardized patients to prepare beginning psychologists for practice, graduate education in school psychology, and evaluation of competencies in school psychology curricula.

Angela Waguespack, Ph.D.

Dr. Waguespack focuses on school and community efforts to foster healthy development and school readiness, including better access to and implementation of services to improve educational and mental health outcomes for diverse children and families.

Shannon Worton, Psy.D.

Shannon Worton, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Director of the School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) clinic housed within NSU’s Psychology Services Center.

Unique Clinical and Internship Experiences

You’ll turn theory into satisfying practice through your assessment, consultation, and intervention at the Mailman Segal Center (MSC) for Human Development and the University School of NSU (U School), both part of NSU.

You’ll also broaden your clinical practice perspective at the school-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) Clinic, housed within the NSU Psychology Services Center.

Why Choose NSU?

  • Smaller classes
  • Fully accredited and DOE-approved
  • Empirically based curriculum
  • Nationally renowned faculty
  • Convenient weekend/evening classes

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