Course & Degree Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete 67 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. 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-510Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Education
EDAD-501Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory
EDPS-508Cognitive Processes and Learning
Human Behavior and Development (12 semester hours)
EDPS-503Human Growth and Development
EDPS-535Biological Basis of Behavior
EDPS-538Developmental Child Psychopathology
SPED-514Positive Behavior Support
Professional Core: School Psychology Practice (37 semester hours) 
Assessment and Intervention (18 semester hours) 
EDPS-514Assessment and Intervention I: Standardized Measures of Academics and Behavior (3)
EDPS-515Assessment and Intervention II: Curriculum-Based Measures (3)
EDPS-509Assessment and Intervention III: Psychological Assessment & Report Writing (3)
EDPS-510Assessment and Intervention IV: Behavioral and Social-Emotional Needs (3)
EDPS-570Advanced Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Families (3)
EDPS-581Practicum in Psychological Assessment and Report Writing (100 hours) (1)
EDPS-582Practicum in Social-Emotional Needs (100 hours) (1)
EDPS-584Practicum in Curriculum-Based Measures (100 hours) (1)
Consultation (4 semester hours)
CNPY-515Consultation in School and Agency Settings (3)
EDPS-583Practicum in Consultation in School and Agency Settings (1)
Research (6 semester hours)
EDUC-500Introduction to Research (3)
EDPS-521Statistics and Quantitative Data Analysis (3)
Professional Practice (9 semester hours)
EDPS-513Professional Practice of School Psychology (3)
EDPS-590Internship in School Psychology I (600 hours) (3)
EDPS-591Internship 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-550Counseling Techniques Laboratory (3)
CNPY-518Counseling with Children and Adolescents and their Families (3)

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.