Q. Why should I come to an Information Meeting?
A. At all of our meetings you will receive information about our programs that will be helpful to you in making a decision on where you might want to do your graduate work. You will also meet with the Director of the Graduate Psychology Program, different psychology faculty members, Admissions Committee members, a representative from Financial Aid, a representative from Student Services, and the Admissions Coordinator who will handle your application. Each of the above mentioned individuals will talk briefly about their roles and be available for questions after they speak. In many cases, these individuals will take some time after the meetingto talk with you individually if you wish.
Q. What takes place during one of these meetings?
A. We will provide a snack or dessert for you during the meeting. We will also give you a complete rundown of our Graduate Psychology Programs, field placements, certification information, class sequencing, and philosophy behind our program. There will also be a time for you to ask questions or speak to someone on the Admissions Committee if you have a special need or circumstance in regards to your application.
Q. What is the difference between School Counseling and School Psychology?
A. Although both work in schools, the jobs are quite different. In general, School Counselors do more guidance of students towards jobs and careers. In many schools, they are responsible for scheduling students into courses so that they take the courses needed to reach their career goals. Some do formal counseling with students both individually and in groups. In addition, many counselors run guided lessons in classrooms on various developmental social emotional issues. However, the role of school counselors varies greatly from one school district to another and from one level (i.e., elementary, middle, and high school) to another. School Psychologists are trained to do assessment and diagnosis of students' problems and strengths, to counsel students, and to help teachers and parents to better help students.
Q. Why is the School Psychology program three years long when the School Counseling program is only 2 years?
A. There are 2 major reasons. School Psychology requires extra courses and practical experience in assessment, and a full year, 1200 hour internship, as required by New York State for certification. School counseling requires only a 600 hour internship for provisional certification.
Q. What is the current job market in School Psychology and School Counseling?
A. The job market for both School Psychologists and School Counselors within New York State has been impacted by recent downturns in the ecomomy and budget cuts across the state of New York. Out-of-state jobs have been more readily available compared to in-state jobs which continue to experience great competition. Both, however, continue to be respected professions within the state and valued professions in schools across New York State.
Q. Is your program accredited?
A. All of the graduate programs are accredited by the New York State Department of Education. Roberts Wesleyan College, and therefore all of its programs, is accredited by the Middle States Accrediting Association. On January 1, 2011, The School Psychology Program received FULL approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists.