What are the courses like?
Most school psychology courses have between 8 and 15 students. The courses are only for graduate students. Some of the courses are multidisciplinary and may include students from counseling psychology, general education, and special education. The multidisciplinary courses provide the opportunity to understand the perspective of students from fields with whom you will be collaborating. Most classes meet one or two times per week for a total of three hours per week. Many classes are held in the late afternoon and evening, allowing you to work or attend your practicum sites during the day.
Most courses require either a midterm, final, large project, or a series of smaller projects with a possible final. The projects are designed to prepare you for future practice.
Do all of the students attend classes full time?
All students attend classes full time. The average load is four courses each semester, with three or four courses during the summer.
What are the professors like?
The majority of the professors are extremely easy to talk to. There is a large focus on collaboration among individuals, regardless of whether the person is a student or professor. Most professors make every effort to be approachable and leave phone numbers and e-mail information.
Learn more about the professors on the Faculty page.
Do the program's students form a close group?
Students do tend to form a close group as a whole. You will have almost every class with the same people for two consecutive years. Many have moved from other parts of Indiana, the United States, or the world. The program offers a wonderful opportunity to bond with other students.
Do students in the program tend to live close to campus or do they commute?
Most students live fairly close to campus. Many students also live in the neighboring areas of Muncie, Yorktown, and Anderson.
Housing is fairly easy to find in the Muncie area. You can also consider campus housing.
Have most of the students just finished their bachelor's degrees or are they returning to school after working for a few years?
About half of the students come immediately from undergraduate to graduate school. Others have taken a year or two off to work full time. Others are returning to school for a career change or an additional degree.
How do I get an assistantship or job while a student in the School Psychology Program?
A number of graduate assistantships from the department are available on a competitive basis. Each assistantship includes a stipend, full tuition remission, and a waiver of out-of-state fees. Assistants are required to work up to 20 hours per week and pay special student fees. To apply for an assistantship, simply check the box on the graduate school application.
To find out about graduate assistantship for your specific case, speak with the M.A. and Ed.S. programs director.
Other units on campus also offer assistantships. To view available campus jobs, visit Cardinal Career Link.
How do you find practicum and internship sites?
Typically, you will complete your pre-practicum during the spring semester of your first year. Practicum occur during the second year (summer, fall, spring) and are in addition to class work. Ed.S. students are assigned to a broad variety of practicum experiences.
Full-time internships occur during the third year for Ed.S. students. Names of potential internship supervisors are provided for those who want to remain in the Muncie area. Many elect to do their internships elsewhere in Indiana or in another state. Many internships are paid positions; however, some are not. See other links under the Ph.D. in School Psychology for information on doctoral internships.
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