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.
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Admission Requirements and Application Process
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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
School Psychology Educational Specialist Program Requirements
- Satisfactory annual ratings for retention and progression in the School Psychology program. 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 31st 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.
- Completion of 64 graduate credits with a minimum GPA of 3.3.
- Take the Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly the Praxis II tests) test in school psychology during the first semester of internship, EDPS 590 Internship in School Psychology I and furnish a copy of the score to the school psychology program director.
Course Requirements for an Ed.S. in School Psychology
Foundations of Education and Human Behavior
|EDSO 510||Sociological and Cultural Foundations of Education||3|
|EDAD 501||Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory||3|
|EDPS 508||Cognitive Processes and Learning||3|
|EDPS 502||Psychological Development of the Child and Adolescent||3|
|or EDPS 503|| Human Growth and Development|
|EDPS 535||Biological Basis of Behavior||3|
|EDPS 538||Developmental Child Psychopathology||3|
|SPED 514||Positive Behavior Support||3|
Professional Core: School Psychology Practice
|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: Psychoeducational Assessment and Report Writing||3|
|EDPS 510||Assesment & Intervention IV: Behavioral and Social-Emotional Needs||3|
|EDPS 570||Advanced Interventions for Children, Adolescents and Families||3|
|EDPS 581||Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment and Report Writing||1|
|EDPS 582||Practicum in the Assessment of Behaviorial and Social-Emotional Needs||1|
|EDPS 584||Practicum in Curriculum-Based Measures||1|
|CNPY 515||Consultation in School and Agency Settngs||3|
|EDPS 583||Practicum in Consultation in School and Agency Settings||1|
|EDUC 500||Introduction To Research||3|
|EDPS 521||Statistics and Quantitative Analysis||3|
|EDPS 513||Professional Practice of School Psychology: Issues and Historical, Ethical, and Legal Considerations||3|
|EDPS 590||Internship in School Psychology I||3|
|EDPS 591||Internship in School Psych II||3|
|COUN 550||Counseling Techniques Laboratory||3|
|CNPY 518||Counseling Children, Adolescents and Families||3|
Internship serves as the culminating experience consisting of 1,200 hours. The internship occurs on a full-time basis over the period of one year OR on a part-time basis over two consecutive years.