School Psychology, Professional Diploma
The school psychology program is a 74-credit integrated and sequenced course of study leading to a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology. It is a “Nationally Recognized Program” by the National Association of School Psychologists. Candidates complete 300 hours of field experience during the course of study and 1200 hours of externship, taken as a culminating experience after coursework is complete. The program’s mission is to prepare candidates for the challenges of urban schools. Program graduates are eligible for certification as school psychologists in New Jersey and New York and, as graduates of a “NASP Approved Program,” for national certification as school psychologists (NCSP).
Candidates enter either directly from undergraduate programs in psychology or after completing an appropriate master’s degree. Candidates entering with a master’s degree transfer appropriate credit in consultation with the graduate office and the program coordinator at the time of matriculation into the program.
Thus, the Professional Diploma is offered in two ways:
- for entering graduate students seeking an M.A. in Educational Psychology and school psychology certification, and
- for students entering with an appropriate master’s degree, seeking school psychology certification.
Students with strong undergraduate records in psychology are encouraged to apply directly to the M.A. in Educational Psychology/Professional Diploma program. Students with an appropriate master’s degree and strong record of accomplishment in graduate course work (grade point average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale) are encouraged to apply to the Professional Diploma program. Up to 30 credits of transfer credit may be awarded upon review by the program coordinator and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.
Prerequisites for Admission
- Completion of the general graduate studies admission requirements.
- A minimum of nine undergraduate credits in psychology.
- Students are admitted for entry into the program for Spring and Fall semesters of each year. All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education by November 1 or April 1 to be considered for admission for the Spring or Fall semesters, respectively.
- A letter of intent (500 to 1,000 words) describing the candidate’s interest in the field of school psychology, sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education with the student’s application, is required.
- The Graduate Record Examination (Verbal and Quantitative sections) is required; an MAT score is not an option for applicants to this program.
- An individual interview with the Coordinator of the School Psychology Program should be arranged prior to November 1 or April 1.
- Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential for graduate study are required.
- The completed application materials are reviewed by a committee of the graduate faculty two times per year during the months of November and April.
- Applicants receive notice of the graduate committee’s decision by December 15 and April 15.
- Successful candidates receive a contract of agreement detailing the conditions of their admission to the program. Return of these materials marks their formal entry into the program.
|PSYC 601||Psychology of Learn and Cognition||3|
|PSYC 602||Psychology Of Personality||3|
|PSYC 603||Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSYC 604||Tests & Measurements||3|
|PSYC 609||Pers Maladjusts Child&Adoles||3|
|PSYC 606||Research Methodology and Applications||3|
|PSYC 608||Interviewing & Counseling||3|
|PSYC 616||Therapeutic Intervention Techniques: Consultation in Educational Settings||3|
|PSYC 626||Ethics Law and Professional Issues||3|
|PSYC 627||Role and Function of the School Psychologist||3|
|PSYC 704||Cognitive Assessment and Intervention||3|
|PSYC 2704||Laboratory:Cognitive Assessment & Intervention||2|
|PSYC 705||Pract In The Psycho.Eval Spec||3|
|PSYC 706||Personality Assessment||3|
|PSYC 708||Sem In Sch Psych Extern I||3|
|PSYC 709||Semin Sch Psyc Extern II||3|
|PSYC 710||Clinical Externship I||3|
|PSYC 715||Consultation and Program Evaluation||3|
|Required Courses in Education|
|EDLD 601||School Law||3|
|EDLD 662||Principles Of Curric Dev&Eval||3|
|Required Courses in Special Education|
|SPEC 600||Introduction to Learning Disabilities||3|
|SPEC 640||Emotional and Behavior Disorders in Children and Youth||3|