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.