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Specialist Program

The specialist program in school psychology is approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE). In addition, the specialist program in school psychology holds the designation of national Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The accreditation for this program is awarded to the university through the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice as follows: The Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at all university locations and online. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

The school psychology program prepares graduate students to work as professional practitioners to help children and youth succeed academically, socially and behaviorally. Our program was developed in response to the state and national critical shortage of school psychologist and the increased public attention being paid to the important role that school psychologist play in addressing daunting challenges such as school violence, academic achievement of diverse students, etc.

The School Psychology Program consists of 79 credit hours that typically span over three years of coursework (including practica) and a full-time, one year internship. The curriculum is designed to meet the current educational requirements for the Florida DOE certification specialization in school psychology (Rule 6A-04311) and for licensure in school psychology under Chapter 490, Florida Statues. Students benefit from the expertise of full-time faculty whose primary interests are in the field of school psychology, 30 other full-time faculty members that include nationally renowned professionals, and several core part-time and adjunct faculty that work as practitioners or administrators in the schools. Students also enjoy the benefits of a diverse student body, hands on training and research opportunities in a variety of areas. 

Who should enroll?

The specialist program is open to individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology, education, counseling, guidance, or related field who demonstrate the scholastic ability and interpersonal skills to be an effective psychological practitioner in the schools.

Graduate students, graduates of clinical or counseling psychology doctoral programs or school psychology programs may request to take courses as a non-degree-seeking student. Requests will be accommodated, as space is available.

Enrollment is limited. As such, prospective students are advised to apply at the earliest possible date.

There are some required courses (e.g., PSY 705 Diversity Considerations in School Psychology) that may require some personal disclosures by the student as part of the course requirements. Other courses may require a deeper level of ongoing self-disclosure as part of the class process.

The specialist program is offered at both the Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus and at the Tampa Regional Campus.

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