Students who go on for the SSP degree are eligible for certification as school psychologists.
The program at SIUE is unique in several important ways in that it anticipated many developments in clinical child and school psychology. It is based on the principles of community psychology, which emphasizes prevention, the ecological/systems approach, and the consultative role of the psychologist. Further, the program integrates the education of school and clinical child psychologists. Finally, field experiences both in clinical and school settings are seen as a critical and ongoing adjunct to the academic component of the program.
The program includes two tracks: Clinical Child and School Psychology. These tracks are designed to serve the needs of two groups of students. Students in the Clinical Child track will be prepared to work with children, adolescents, and their families in the health system and other community agencies, under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists. Clinical child psychology students are also well-prepared to pursue doctoral education at other universities following completion of their Master’s degrees. Some clinical child students are interested in becoming licensed; for that reason, we provide a web page about licensure.
The School Psychology track prepares students with knowledge and skills necessary for further education and training in the specialist degree program in school psychology. Students pursuing certification in school psychology are admitted to the master’s degree program with the expectation that they will go on to complete the specialist degree program in school psychology.
Curriculum across both tracks is equivalent during the first four semesters of training; practicum experiences are provided across various types of settings. Coursework and training experiences during the second year of the program, and particularly the latter part, are increasingly focused on either Clinical Child or School psychology.
Due to a national shortage of school psychologists, job prospects are excellent for students who complete the school specialist degree. Prospects for students in the clinical child track are also good. After the completion of their Master’s degree, these students find employment in a variety of clinical and community agencies under the supervision of a licensed professional.
Please visit the application information page for admission requirements and procedures.