Are you interested in promoting wellness and resilience among school-age students and helping children cope with family and life stressors? Can you envision yourself providing assessment, consultation, counseling, and mentoring for those struggling with social, academic, and behavioral problems?

The goal of the school psychology master's and certificate of advanced study program is to prepare highly qualified, entry-level school psychologists to work with children, families, and other professionals in public school settings. The school psychologist draws on multifaceted skills from both psychology and education for the purpose of promoting healthy academic, cognitive, social and emotional development. The program is developed following the scientist-practitioner model. Students are trained to be good consumers and producers of research.

Empirical knowledge serves as the basis for developing interventions and solving problems in practice. The curriculum exposes the student to theory, research and practice in school psychology, which are integrated through a planned sequence of course work, practice and internship. It is a three-year program requiring full-time attendance. Students are admitted with the understanding that they will pursue both degrees (MA and CAS) simultaneously. The program holds approval by the National Association of School Psychologists and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

ECU Advantage

Our well-established program in school psychology at ECU is NASP-accredited and has a long history of producing highly trained professionals. Our program provides strong training in all core areas of school psychology, with a balanced approach to covering assessment, intervention, consultation, and prevention competencies. You would be part of a small cohort of fellow students with a good student-to-faculty ratio, using a scientist-practitioner training model.

Our dynamic faculty members have a variety of research and practice interests related to school psychology, unique experiences and backgrounds, and a strong commitment to training quality school psychologists. Our faculty will be sure that you are prepared to enter the profession with the most up-to-date information and skills to practice psychology within the public school setting.

What You Will Study

There is no catalog data for this program.

Careers With This Degree

Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

  • Managers
  • Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
  • Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

Career Opportunities

ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

NC Tower

This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

  • Self-employed;
  • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
  • Work outside of North Carolina.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

Degree-specific internships

For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.