Graduate Programs

The School Psychology program prepares graduate students to become psychologists who work in schools, academic, research, community and private practice settings. The School Psychology programs follow a scientist-practitioner model, with emphasis on the integration of theory, research and clinical skills.

The master’s programs are designed to prepare students for provincial certification as a school psychologist (BCASP). The M.A. program is foundational for admission to the Ph.D. program, whereas the M.Ed. is a terminal degree leading to practice. Graduates of the M.Ed. and M.A. program are prepared to work as school psychologists in school-based settings.

Given the academic, clinical and research demands of the programs, the M.A. and M.Ed. programs in SCPS require full-time study over at least two years with a full-time internship in year 3. M.A. students are eligible to apply to move directly to the Ph.D. program in year 3, upon completion of their M.A. degree requirements.

The Ph.D. program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association and is designed to prepare doctoral-level psychologists who can serve as practitioners and supervisors in the field, university faculty in school psychology program, and researchers and leaders in school psychology both nationally and internationally. The Ph.D. program requires three years of resident full-time study, comprehensive examinations, dissertation research, and a 1600 hour pre-doctoral internship.