The program offers a specialist degree consisting of 67 graduate credits. The program may be completed in three years of full-time study with most students enrolled on a full-time basis. Part-time students are also encouraged to apply. The program is approved by the state of New Jersey. Graduates also meet requirements for certification in other states, including Pennsylvania and New York. Certification requirements for a specific state should be referenced. Because the program is nationally approved, graduates are automatically eligible for national certification as a school psychologist upon achieving a passing score on the School Psychology Praxis.
Current certification guidelines in Pennsylvania require a GPA of 3.0 and 6 semester credits or the equivalent in college level English Literature and Composition and Mathematics. In addition, those seeking initial certification in Pennsylvania will need to take the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) and the PRAXIS School Psychology Exam (10400). Scores for these examinations are considered to be current for up to five years. For those individuals who already hold a valid Pennsylvania Level I or II certificate, only the appropriate subject assessment test, PRAXIS School Psychology Exam (10400), will need to be taken.
Students complete 67 graduate credit hours and must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to graduate. In addition, all students must meet yearly accountability standards, residency requirements, and take the PRAXIS exam in School Psychology while enrolled in internship and report the score to the Program.
- Satisfactory annual ratings for retention and progression in the School Psychology program are required. Program faculty will evaluate the academic, professional competencies, and professional work characteristics of each student based upon their portfolio and personal statement. A recommendation for continuation, continuation with remediation, or dismissal will be made by August 15th of each year.
- Based upon NASP standards, all students must fulfill a residency requirement by enrolling as a full-time student (minimum of nine graduate credits for one semester) so as to develop an affiliation with colleagues, faculty, and the profession.
- Complete 67 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Take the PRAXIS II exam in school psychology during the first semester of internship, EDPS-590 Internship in School Psychology, and furnish a copy of the score to the school psychology program coordinator.
Course Requirements for an Ed.S. in School Psychology
|Foundations of Education and Human Behavior (21 semester hours)|
|Educational Foundations (9 semester hours) |
|EDSO-510||Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Education|
|EDAD-501||Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory|
|EDPS-508||Cognitive Processes and Learning|
|Human Behavior and Development (12 semester hours)|
|EDPS-503||Human Growth and Development|
|EDPS-535||Biological Basis of Behavior|
|EDPS-538||Developmental Child Psychopathology|
|SPED-514||Positive Behavior Support|
|Professional Core: School Psychology Practice (37 semester hours) |
|Assessment and Intervention (18 semester hours) |
|EDPS-514||Assessment and Intervention I: Standardized Measures of Academics and Behavior (3)|
|EDPS-515||Assessment and Intervention II: Curriculum-Based Measures (3)|
|EDPS-509||Assessment and Intervention III: Psychological Assessment & Report Writing (3)|
|EDPS-510||Assessment and Intervention IV: Behavioral and Social-Emotional Needs (3)|
|EDPS-570||Advanced Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Families (3)|
|EDPS-581||Practicum in Psychological Assessment and Report Writing (100 hours) (1)|
|EDPS-582||Practicum in Social-Emotional Needs (100 hours) (1)|
|EDPS-584||Practicum in Curriculum-Based Measures (100 hours) (1)|
|Consultation (4 semester hours)|
|CNPY-515||Consultation in School and Agency Settings (3)|
|EDPS-583||Practicum in Consultation in School and Agency Settings (1)|
|Research (6 semester hours)|
|EDUC-500||Introduction to Research (3)|
|EDPS-521||Statistics and Quantitative Data Analysis (3)|
|Professional Practice (9 semester hours)|
|EDPS-513||Professional Practice of School Psychology (3)|
|EDPS-590||Internship in School Psychology I (600 hours) (3)|
|EDPS-591||Internship in School Psychology II (600 hours) (3)|
|Electives (9 semester hours)|
|Education and Treatment of Students with Special Needs (3 semester hours)|
|Instructional Practices for Students with Mild Disabilities (3)|
Instructional Practices for Students with Severe Disabilities (3)
|Counseling Psychology (6 semester hours)|
|COUN-550||Counseling Techniques Laboratory (3)|
|CNPY-518||Counseling with Children and Adolescents and their Families (3)|