School Psychology faculty

The Master of Arts & Specialist in School Psychology Program embraces its mission to provide learning experiences grounded in the scientist-practitioner model that enable our graduates to become well-rounded, effective School Psychologists who practice competently, and ethically in all domains of School Psychology practice and who are prepared to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings. 

We aspire to produce leaders in the field of School Psychology who advocate for and facilitate positive change for the children, families, and institutions they serve, by employing the best available scientific evidence and the most effective interpersonal and collaborative skills.  

Our program is committed to recruiting, admitting, and retaining student applicants who broaden the cultural, ethnic, gender, linguistic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of the program.  We also provide training experiences that enrich our student’s awareness and understanding of diversity and enhance their ability to advocate for positive change in the schools and other educational settings.

Our students progress through a rigorous, sequential program of study and are actively involved in school-based learning activities, beginning in the first weeks of their enrollment and culminating in the comprehensive third-year internship. As a result, by the time of their graduation, they have developed a broad range of knowledge and skills and are highly sought after by school districts, other employment settings, and doctoral programs across North Carolina and the US.

Program Features:

  • NASP-Approved since 1991
  • Early and ongoing school-based learning experiences
  • Faculty members are accessible and supportive.
  • Cooperation and cohesiveness among faculty and students is fostered.
  • 100% of our eligible students have received Graduate Assistantships in the past decade.
  • 100% of our students have obtained third-year internship placements.
  • 100% of our graduates who have sought employment as School Psychologists have been successful.

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Pamela Kidder-Ashley
Program Director
828-262-2272, ext. 426


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