M.A./Certification in School Psychology

The school psychology program provides the education to become a professional school psychologist at the master's plus certification level (60 credits). The program emphasizes the development of skills to provide direct service to school-aged children and the development of competencies necessary for maximizing the educational potential of all children. Students are expected to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to foster learning and social development. The program features opportunities to develop special competencies in areas such as assessment, identifying and treating behavior problems in children and adolescent, utilizing curriculum-based measurement tools to assess school health and student progress, and assisting students on the autism spectrum in strengthening academic and life skills. A multitude of settings are available for practicum and externship training, including varied public and private schools in Bergen County, as well as on FDU’s campus, where students have opportunities to work with college students and parents. The school psychology program is recognized by and registered with the New Jersey State Department of Education. The program holds full NASP accreditation, and graduates are able to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists upon successful completion of the PRAXIS examination and externship requirements.

Course work allows students to acquire and apply knowledge in the following area:

  • Knowledge Base in Psychology and Education
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods in Professional Practice
  • Child Assessment
  • School-Based Interventions
  • Child Therapy
  • Consultation
  • Professional Identification, Ethics and Law
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Practica

Training culminates in a University supervised externship in the schools under the supervision of a certified school psychologist.

Admission Requirements for M.A. Program

Completed applications for admissions are due by March 15th for September admission.

Applicants must

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (The GRE General Test requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a master's degree.) The testing dates schedule can be obtained from Educational Testing Service (http://www.ets.org)
  3. Have taken general psychology and statistics, experimental psychology, child development, abnormal psychology, or theories of personality.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement detailing their interest in the field.

Applications are carefully reviewed, and group interviews are conducted for those applicants who meet the school's criteria.

Students are admitted either full time or part time, both requiring the completion of a minimum of two courses per semester. Full time enrollment in the program is highly recommended.

Applications also will be considered from individuals holding a master's degree in psychology, education or related fields who wish to obtain certification as a school psychologist. If such applicants meet the academic requirements of the school, a course of study will be determined on an individual basis to meet certification requirements. If you are interested in this opportunity, it is recommended that you have your graduate transcript reviewed by the State Department of education (http://www.state.nj.us.us/education/educators/license/transcript.htm), as they will perform a transcript review and advise you regarding which classes you need to complete to fulfill certification requirements for School Psychology.

For more information about School Psychology program, please contact:

Dr. Jamie Zibulsky
Voice: (201) 692-2315
Email: Jamie_Zibulsky@fdu.edu