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MA School Psychology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

1.5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

9511.11 USD
6730.38 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Education
Scores accepted
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

The primary goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists whose research, training and practice activities increase the educational and psychological wellbeing of children and youth. The School Psychology program follows a scientist-practitioner model, with emphasis on the integration of theory, research and clinical skills. Training encompasses academic, social, behavioral, consultation, intervention and prevention domains, and students receive training in the integration of assessment and intervention and in relevant professional, legal and ethical issues. Science and professional practice are viewed as interactive and complementary, with research integrated across core psychological and educational foundations training as well as relevant practical experiences at all levels of the program.

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Eligibility Criteria

Normally, a four-year bachelor's degree with a B+ average in third- and fourth-year level coursework in a relevant area of study, students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, educational psychology, or special education and related disciplines
  • senior-level coursework in measurement, statistics, and research methodology
  • evidence of suitability for professional work with school-aged populations, including successful work experience with school-aged populations, school-based experience, and/or teacher certification

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Course Modules

The SCPS Master of Arts (M.A.) program requires three years of full-time study, including both on-campus courses and school-based practicum/internship experiences. The full program requires 61 credits. In exceptional circumstances up to 12 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous course work and/or relevant work experience. Students are required to complete a sequence in School Psychology Practice, including coursework in:

professional, ethical, and legal issues in school psychology (3 credits)
consultation (3 credits)
cognitive (4 credits), academic (6 credits), and social-emotional (3 credits) assessment and intervention
school-based interventions (3 credits)
psychological foundations, including cognitive bases of behaviour (3 credits), and psychopathology (3 credits)
Research coursework includes measurement and statistics (9 credits) and a master's thesis (6 credits). A ten-month integrated field practicum is completed in year two (9 credits), in addition to the intensive school-based practicum/internship in year three (9 credits).

Promotion to graduation or continuation in the School Psychology program requires that students demonstrate interpersonal and ethical qualities commensurate with working in educational and community settings.

For B.C. teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience, met in this program with the completion of a thesis.

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How to Apply

  • Completed online application
  • Two official copies of transcripts. Submit two (2) official copies of transcripts / degree certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended, directly to the ECPS Graduate Program Assistant for the program to which you are applying, except for UBC transcripts (please see details below).
  • Current and former UBC graduates applying to HDLC, MERM, SPED or SCPS are NOT required to submit their UBC transcript.
  • Current and former UBC graduates applying to the Counselling Psychology program are required to submit one (1) copy of their UBC transcript.

Please be aware that, even if you have graduated from UBC, you are still responsible for submitting two (2) sets of transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

  • Three (3) Electronic References. They require references to be submitted electronically and you should let your referees know that we will not accept references by mail. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

In the online application system, applicants are asked to provide an email address for each referee.  A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment.

Also, GRE is compulsory. 
International students have to submit TOEFL or IELTS or MELAB scores.

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