Members from diverse backgrounds, creeds and orientations are encouraged to apply as the school psychology program maintains a strong commitment to diversity and the improvement of human well-being. Students from all academic majors are welcome. The dedicated team at Rider will help you learn the evaluation and assessment tools you need for a successful and rewarding career.
Facts & Figures
Across the country, there is a growing need for specially trained school psychologists who can work with students, teachers, families and other professionals to promote safe and supportive learning environments. This program is designed for students seeking national certification as a school psychologist.
Accredited and top-ranked by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Pass rate on the Praxis. In the past 10 years, nearly everyone in the School Psychology program has passed the test.
Job placement rate for the past 8 years
One-on-one attention is a hallmark of a Rider education. You will receive personalized attention from caring faculty within a collaborative cohort-based learning community.
First-Year Field Experience
Earn 400-hours of practicum before stepping into a full-time internship. The fieldwork you complete will help you develop and apply skills learned in the classroom.
Rider's School Psychology ambassadors are here to answer your questions about Rider, the application process, admission process and the curriculum.
Culturally Responsive Training
Diversity is examined as a subject and is embedded as a topic across coursework in the program. Students develop the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to work effectively with individuals of diverse needs.
NASP Practice Model
Develop professional knowledge and skills across the 10 domains of training and practice established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to best meet the needs of students, families and the school community.
Using a highly structured, developmental curriculum, our 64-credit program builds upon preceding coursework and experience and uses a variety of theoretical, conceptual and experiential pedagogical activities, to train students to provide a range of evidence-based services including consultation, psychological assessment, behavioral and academic intervention, prevention, counseling, and program planning/evaluation.
Program Learning Goals
Complementing our program philosophy are the following fundamental goals of the program to provide each graduate with the required skills, professionalism and knowledge base to become a productive member of the school psychology community.
- Ability to implement a problem-solving model supported by a solid understanding of the knowledge base and empirical literature of school psychology as well as legal, ethical and professional standards of practice.
- Capacity to provide psychological services and educational consultation within diverse contexts where individual differences in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, gender, sexual orientation and abilities are appreciated.
- Ability to work collaboratively with educators, administrators, school counselors, families, and the community to provide a comprehensive range of educational and mental health services to children and adolescents.
- Capacity to utilize data-based decision making and empirically supported prevention, assessment, and intervention strategies that result in a positive impact on youth, families and the communities/schools that they serve.
Rider’s School Psychology program is a great program that I would recommend to any aspiring professional. The director and co-director are fantastic mentors and I treasured my time in the program.
Caring Faculty Who Research What They Teach
When you enroll in Rider’s school psychology program, you’ll work one-on-one with caring and dedicated professors who are immersed in the field. Rider’s distinguished faculty are constantly researching and publishing.
Scholarly Productivity of Rider's School Psychology Program Named Fifth in Nation
A recent journal article named Rider University’s school psychology program the fifth most productive program in the nation in terms of scholarly production.
Watch Dr. Dombrowski's TED talk: "The Dark History of IQ Tests"
The TED Talk relates to an award-winning article on IQ test interpretation and to the entirety of Dr. Dombrowski’s research, which focuses on evidence-based IQ test interpretation.
Learn More about the School Psychology Faculty
Learn more about school psychology faculty recent publications, presentations and media placements.
Professor and Director, School Psychology Program