School Psychology Program

Admission Requirements

Applications

Admission to the program is made only for the Fall semester. The deadline for submission of application materials is February 15. Applicants are urged to complete their application well before that time since applications are reviewed and action taken as soon as they are received.

Applications must include

  1. Application Form with all necessary attachments.
  2. Official Transcripts of all college work attempted.
  3. Resume of relevant research and/or clinical experience.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.

We do NOT require the GRE.

Applications should be mailed to

Graduate Admissions Office
Plattsburgh State University of New York
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681

Applicants are typically notified of admission status by mid-April. If accepted, applicants must confirm, in writing, their intent to enter the program. A deposit of $100.00 to secure their place in the program is also required. Within three weeks of acceptance, if these are not done, it will be assumed that the applicant is not intending to enroll in this program and that a vacancy exists. Selected alternates will then be notified and those confirming their intent to enter the program will be accepted. Please see the Plattsburgh State Graduate Admissions page for more information about application materials.

Acceptance Criteria

The decision to admit a student to graduate studies in school psychology rests finally with the Dean of Arts and Science. The Dean acts upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Psychology, who in turn acts upon the recommendation of the Graduate Admissions Committee. The information used by the Graduate Admissions Committee is of special interest to the applicant. The Committee considers the following eight factors in making its recommendations:

  1. The total application, in addition to the usual information, includes a brief essay on reasons for applying to graduate school. The Committee judges the written expression as well as the content of the essay. It should be well thought out and presented in good form.
  2. The official transcript, including grade point average and evidence of breadth of interests and aptitudes. The minimum acceptable undergraduate grade point average for all applicants to graduate programs at the college is 2.5, but the guideline used by the Psychology Department is a minimum of 3.0. An applicant who does not meet the guideline of a 3.0 grade point average should address this issue in the written statement, and also ask references to comment. The applicant should inform the Committee as to the special circumstances that resulted in the low G.P.A. and indicate trends in academic achievement that now predict success in a challenging academic program.
  3. Evidence of superior achievement in courses most closely allied with the applicant’s stated interests. The applicant is expected to have competence at the undergraduate level in experimental psychology and statistical analysis, personality, learning, and development. There should be evidence within the transcript of preparation for the program. However, it is not unusual that an applicant will have decided rather late in his/her undergraduate career to attempt graduate work in psychology. If this is the case, the applicant should support his/her application with the reasons for the recent decision to study school psychology: volunteer experience related to the program for which application is being made; a discussion of current reading or research; unique experiences that led to and interest in school psychology. It will be most helpful if the references are familiar with the applicant’s interests, especially if these are not readily apparent from the transcript.
  4. Evidence of experience in working with school populations: job experience, volunteer work, course assignments, tutoring, teaching, camp counseling, or other appropriate experiences.
  5. Three letters of recommendation that attest to the academic and professional promise of the applicant. The most helpful letters to the Committee are those from professors who have worked with the applicant on independent projects and supervisors who are familiar with the applicant’s interests, abilities, and accomplishments. Each prospective reference should be advised of the applicant’s plans, and letters should address the probability of the applicant’s success in school psychology. The Committee will be looking for information in these letters as to the applicant’s promise in academic achievement and in interpersonal skills for client work.
  6. In some cases the Committee may ask candidates to come to the campus for interviews with members of the Admissions Committee.
  7. Availability of openings in the Graduate Program. At the beginning of each academic year, approximate limits are established on the number of students to be admitted in a manner consistent with administrative guidelines. When these limits are reached, no additional applicants may be accepted, although a list of alternates is prepared. The Committee reviews completed applications as soon as they are received and a decision is made as to the probability that the applicant will succeed in completing this program. If an opening is available and the application is such that success may be predicted, the applicant will be notified.

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

University policy allows acceptance of up to 12 hours of graduate transfer credit into the program. These credits typically are accepted for elective work. In order to obtain transfer credit acceptance, the student must submit a transcript along with the course description to his/her advisor. The advisor, upon consulting with the Graduate Committee, will made final decisions regarding credit transfer.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the school psychology graduate program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Laci Charette
Phone: (518) 564-3385
Toll-free Phone: (800) 441-7215
Fax: (518) 564-3397
Email: laci.charette@plattsburgh.edu