The Master of Arts program in School Psychology is a speciality program which prepares students to enter the profession of school psychology. The program is designed to address the academic, research and professional practice requirements for registration/licensing as a psychologist in provinces/territories where master’s level preparation is permitted. As well, the program is designed to enable participants to move to doctoral level programs.
The two-year full-time program balances research, theory and practice. It follows a holistic approach to children, youth, and young adults as key collaborators, along with their parents/guardians and other professionals, in addressing their individual strengths and needs within the context of home, school and community.
- Undergraduate degree in psychology, preferably an honours degree, including the completion of a thesis, in psychology or equivalent. A high academic standing (normally a minimum of B+ (GPA 3.3)) is expected.
- Related work/volunteer experience.
- Three letters of reference (two academic and one professional) attesting to academic and work experiences, and personal characteristics.
- Prior to admission the most promising applicants may be interviewed to evaluate their understanding of and motivation for entry into the field of school psychology.
Note to applicants regarding psychology and other possible registration/licensing/certification requirements: Applicants to the program should be aware that these requirements vary in each province/territory. Furthermore, some provinces do not permit school psychologists to work in the schools without an undergraduate degree in education in addition to their preparation in psychology. Applicants are advised to consult with the provincial/territorial registration/licensing boards and with potential employers to determine specific requirements