FAQ’s for SPY Website
How long does it take to complete the program?
Students complete the program in three years attending full-time (internship is completed
in the third year) but have the option to complete the degree part-time. Students who
attend part-time typically complete the degree in 4-5 years.
What time of the day are classes held?
Classes meet once/week and are held at 4pm and 7pm.
Am I eligible for licensure upon completion of the program?
Our program prepares you to meet the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education licensure requirements for School Psychology, levels K-12. You
will be endorsed for initial level licensure upon completion of the program. After
working three years as a school psychologist in a school system, you can apply for
professional level licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Education. In addition,
the school psychology program also meets the educational requirements to become
licensed as an Educational Psychologist through the Massachusetts Board of Allied
Mental Health Professions and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Can I get licensed or certified in another state as a school psychologist? If you wish to
attain licensure in another state you must be eligible to be endorsed in Massachusetts, and
therefore complete all requirements for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education. Some states have slightly different requirements and typically,
state’s Department of Education posts licensure or certification requirements online. You
can compare those requirements with our program requirements. Because students are
required to pass the PRAXIS Exam (Nationally Certified School Psychologist Exam),
eligibility for national certification facilitates the licensure process in several states.
What about accreditation?
Our university is regionally accredited through NEASC (New England Association of
Schools and Colleges). For more info, please visit:
http://www.umb.edu/academics/provost/accreditation.html. In addition, the school
psychology program is accredited by NASP (National Association of School
Where can I learn more about school psychology?
Check out the website for NASP http://www.nasponline.org/ and the website for the
Massachusetts School Psychologists Association http://www.mspa-online.com/. These
are helpful sites in finding out more about the profession.
How many credits is the program?
Students complete a total of 66 credits and receive a Master of Education and ED.S. upon
completion of the program. Students are awarded the MEd after completing 36 credits
and the comprehensive exam. The ED.S. is awarded after the remaining credits are
completed in addition to passing the PRAXIS (Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Are students required to complete a master’s thesis?
No, students take the comprehensive exam after having successfully completed required
course work. Students also take the PRAXIS exam (Nationally Certified School
Psychologist Exam) as a requirement for completing the ED.S. capstone.
How many practicum and internship hours do I complete?
The pre-practicum is 90 hours, within coursework. The two required practica total of 200
hours and the internship is a 1200 hours (600 hours/semester).
What is the difference between the practicum and internship?
The practica target specific skills and are more closely supervised by university faculty,
thus serving as an introduction to practice as a school psychologist. During the internship,
the student assumes greater responsibility for a full range of school psychologist
activities, including consultation, evaluation, intervention prevention, and research and
Can I take a class or two to see what the program is like?
It is possible to take courses as a non-degree student as long as there is space available in
the course and you have met the pre-requisites. Students can transfer up to 6 graduate
credits (2 courses) taken at UMass Boston into the program as long as a grade of B or
better is earned and you are accepted into the program. Typically, non-degree registration
is held just before the semester begins. You can contact Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org to
find out when non-degree registration for the upcoming semester will be held.
How much does it cost to attend?
You can get information about tuition and fees at
What opportunities for funding exist?
We offer a limited number of graduate research and administrative assistantships in our
department. The assistantships fully waive tuition and provide a ¼ fee waiver and small
stipend. Students receiving a graduate assistantship within our department work 5
hours/week. Students can apply once they are accepted to the program. There are also
graduate assistantship opportunities offered across the university. These opportunities
often provide larger fee waivers and stipends and require 10-20 hours/week of work. You
can search for these positions under employment opportunities at
http://www2.www.umb.edu/human_resource/job_hr/search.html. Students can also apply
for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.