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Inside Look at Online School Psychology Programs

An online school psychology program is the perfect fit for those who dream of supporting students throughout their educational journey. From degree options to a list of top-ranked universities, learn key info about convenient online school psychology programs that will let you advance your education and career on your terms.

Author: Kathleen Curtis
Editor: STEPS Staff
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If you have a desire to support both students and teachers in the public school system, pursuing a career in school psychology may be a great fit for you. As a school psychologist, you will work with students to address school, home, and personal issues, while also supporting teachers in creating effective teaching plans that meet student needs. Pursuing an online school psychology degree can provide an affordable and flexible path to advance your education and enter this rewarding field. Read on to learn about common courses, available degrees and certifications, this year’s top programs, and job opportunities in school psychology.

2024’s Best Online School Psychology Programs

Finding the best online school psychology programs can be time-consuming, as not all programs are created equal. We have conducted extensive research to identify the top programs based on proper accreditation, affordable tuition rates, and the flexibility needed by working students. Below are the best online school psychology programs for 2024.

About the ranking

College Ranking Methodology

Generate List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in the subject area offered partially or fully online.
  • Career placement and academic counseling services.

Assign Weightings

After generating the list of eligible schools, the STEPS data team then assigned weights and ranked schools based on their performance in a variety of key categories. Affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings, followed by online learning and academic quality metrics (equally weighted).

Online Learning

  • Number of online programs in subject area self-reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Percentage of graduate students at the school taking at least one class online.

Affordability

  • Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on in-state tuition for graduate students per academic year.

Academic Quality

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: Schools with lower ratios ranked higher.
  • Percentage of students admitted. More selective schools ranked higher.

About Our Data

All STEPS rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: August 2023

Accreditation Glossary

ABHE: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

ABHES: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

ACCSC: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

DEAC: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

HLC: Higher Learning Commission

MSCHE: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

NECHE: New England Commission of Higher Education

NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

TRACS: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

WSCUC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission

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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology is uniquely designed to prepare individuals to work in school psychology, offering a specialist and master's degree within the same program. Many classes are available online, giving students the flexibility to self-pace their learning. Students can choose to complete online classes in two or three years, and are required to complete a two-semester internship and two summer campus residencies.

Program Highlights:

Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology

  • Credits: 68
  • Length: 3-4 years
  • Cost: $573.41/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: NASP
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Placement Yes
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18:1
Tuition (In-State) $$
Accreditation HLC
Online Students 86%

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

At Fresno Pacific University, there are two online school psychology programs available at the graduate level: The Master of Arts in School Psychology and the Master of Arts in School Psychology and School Counseling. Both are hybrid programs, with much of the coursework available synchronously online. In addition to online coursework, students can expect to complete several experiential learning requirements, including internships. The School Psychology and School Counseling program takes about a year longer to complete due to added training for counseling students. Both programs prepare students to obtain their California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential and become fully licensed school psychologists.

Program Highlights:

Master of Arts in School Psychology and School Counseling

  • Credits: 90
  • Length: 8-9 semesters
  • Cost: $730.00/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: CCTC

Master of Arts in School Psychology

  • Credits: 62
  • Length: Varies
  • Cost: $730.00/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: CCTC
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Placement Yes
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 11:1
Tuition (In-State) $$
Accreditation WSCUC
Online Students 47%

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Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

Budding psychology graduate students have two programs available at Eastern Washington University. The Education Specialist in School Psychology, offered in hybrid or online tracks, teaches research, assessment, and intervention skills to help students make the most of their tim