DR. CARI FELLERS
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Educational Psychology & Learning Systems 3210 Stone Building 1114 W. Call Street Tallahassee, FL 32306-4459
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW The School Psychology program at Florida State is a 76-credit hour program that includes two years of academic coursework and practica, with a third year of hands-on internship experience. School psychologists use their training and skills to team with educators, parents and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in safe, healthy and supportive environments. The FSU school psychology program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Florida Department of Education (DOE).
Scholarships and graduate assistantships are available for students in our program. About 20 percent of our first year students and 90 percent of our second year students receive assistantships. Our College also offers over $300,000 in scholarships — more than any other college of education in the state of Florida. To see what scholarships await you, visit coe.fsu.edu/FreeMoney
COMBINED GRADUATE DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY COMBINED SPECIALIST AND MASTER’S DEGREE Graduates of our program receive a Master of Science (M.S.) and Educational Specialist degrees (Ed.S.) in Counseling and Human Systems with a specialization in School Psychology.
JOB PROSPECTS According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, which equates to 37,700 new jobs in the field. School psychologists engage in a variety of services, including assessment, health care provision, consultation, prevention, research and planning, intervention and education. Most graduates in school psychology will find employment in school settings. However, opportunities also exist in other agencies that deal with children and youth. The outlook is very promising for school psychologists nationwide as we are facing a personnel shortage, as is most of special education. Many of those hired in the mid 1970s are retiring and our training programs are not graduating enough people to fill all those positions. School psychologists can practice in a variety of areas including: public and private schools, universities, school-based health and mental health centers, community-based day-treatment or residential clinics, hospitals, juvenile justice centers and private practice.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS PAIGE BLANKENSHIP
“The school psychology program at FSU has a reputation for producing highly qualified and autonomous graduate students. This reputation is known in school districts across the country, making FSU an excellent choice for those who want to make an impact in children’s lives. Through a combination of pertinent coursework and hands-on experience, FSU’s program fully prepares students to become successful school psychologists and counselors.”
“I am incredibly happy with my choice to further my education through the M.S./Ed.S. School Psychology program! The instruction and handson experience that I have received is exceptional, and has contributed a great deal to my professional growth.”
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may: feel afraid to go to school, have difficulty organizing their time efficiently, fall behind in their school work, worry about family matters such as divorce and death, feel depressed or anxious, experiment with drugs and alcohol or think about suicide. School psychologists help children, parents, teachers and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.