School Psychology Program Coordinator
Dr. Marty Dunham
Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling Department
3217 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
Welcome to the Murray State University School Psychology Certification program! Several changes have occurred in the Counseling program, including the School Psychology area. This program is known as the “6th year” because it requires a master’s degree in a related field (guidance/counseling, psychology, communication disorders, etc.). The school psychology program at Murray State University prepares students with a master’s degree in a related field to obtain the Kentucky School Psychology certificate and practice in the public and private schools through Kentucky. Because Murray State University College of Education is accredited through NCATE, it is easily provide for certification in other states.
The program consists of 63 credit hours (57 provisional and 6 more for standard certification) in assessment, intervention, applied research, and field experiences. The goal of the program is to produce effective and professional practitioners to meet the needs of regional school children, their families, and their schools.
School psychologists are professionals whose training emphasizes preparation in assessment, mental health, child development, learning, and intervention. The training in psychology and education provides the skills to work with preschoolers, children, adolescents, teachers, and families. You will work with all school personnel to help make education a positive and rewarding experience through collaboration with teachers, parents, guidance counselors and others about learning. You will also learn to better understand child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
You will be using interviews, observations, and testing data to screen for disabilities and giftedness. Academic, cognitive, emotional development and adaptive behavior instruments will be used to determine eligibility for specialized educational programming.
Intervention is another area that you will be specializing in to work directly with students and/or families to improve coping skills and behavioral function. The philosophy of this program is to train generalists who can offer a wide range of assessment, consultation, and intervention services to a diverse population of children, teachers, and schools.
The certificates offered in the Specialist in Education with a School Psychology Emphasis include a Provisional Certificate in which you take 57 hours and a Standard Certificate for 63 credit hours.
Specialist in Education in Counseling: School Psychology Option- You will build on the Master of Arts in School Counseling, requiring an additional 21 credit hours (69 total). Graduates will meet School Psychology’s certification requirements for Kentucky and surrounding states.
Post-Masters Endorsements- you can choose to pursue “certificate only” programs, which do not result in a degree, but rather result in Kentucky endorsements. The endorsements include:
• Standard Counseling Certificate
• Individual intellectual Assessment Endorsement
6th year program in School Psychology
For more information about this graduate program, click on the program sheets below (2010-2012 Graduate Catalog):
Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education- School Psychology Option (66-hour Program)
Certification for School Psychology-63 hour Program (Pe K-12)