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. There are opportunities within the program to develop special competencies in areas that include behavior problems of children and adolescents, neuropsychological assessment, and special needs populations. A multitude of settings are available for practicum and internship training and include a University-based Psychological Services Center and many opportunities to train and interact within a multidisciplinary team approach. The school psychology program is recognized by and registered with the New Jersey State Department of Education. Please see the checksheet.

 

Course work is provided in the following areas:

  • 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
  • Electives in Clinical Psychology and Education
  • Practicum

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 15 for September admission.

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts and certification in school psychology must submit

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which include the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology. (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, Princeton, NJ 08540.

  • Applicants must have taken general psychology and statistics, experimental psychology, child development, abnormal psychology or theories of personality.

  • Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation.

  • 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.

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