School Psychology

School Psychology Minor

Open to Psychology majors or non-majors with appropriate background coursework. This minor focuses on psychology's role in the field of education and provides a foundation for those interested in a career as a School Psychologist. The required practicum experience must take place in a school or mental health service setting. This minor is of particular value to students interested in education, testing or working with children.

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.


Required Courses
PSY 370School Psychology 13
PSY 373Behavior Modification3
PSY 395Assessment in the Behavioral Sciences 23
PSY 498DSchool Psychology Practicum 33
Select two elective courses from the following 6
PSY 310
Applied Behavioral Analysis
PSY 312
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities
PSY 334
Child, Family and Community Psychology
Total Credits18

Please note that PSY 203 is a prerequisite course for PSY 370


Please note that PSY 201 is a prerequisite course for PSY 395


Please note that enrollment in PSY 498 requires permission from the minor supervisor and must involve direct service in a school or mental health service setting that focuses on children.