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Science Building, Rm. 431(201) 200-3063 Dr. David Hallerman, ChairpersonDr. James Lennon, Coordinator, Professional Diploma in School Psychology, M.A. in Educational Psychology Program(201) 200-3309
School Psychology Graduate Professional Diploma
MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGYThe Department of Psychology offers a broad education in psychology leading to the Master of Arts in educational psychology. The program of courses and field experiences serve as preparation for entry into doctoral or certification programs (such as school psychology certification) and is geared towards students who are interested or already involved in human services.PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
THESIS OPTIONStudents who wish to complete a research thesis as part of their M.A. degree requirement must make arrangements with a specific faculty member for supervision. Successful completion of the thesis option allows a student to fulfill the M.A. degree requirements with 33 instead of 36 credits with an additional 3 credits awarded for the thesis. A student who chooses not to write a thesis is required to complete 36 credits of course work.MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGYPROGRAM REQUIREMENTS(36 credits or 33 credits and a thesis)
PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (Gainful Employment update)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:
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 3.5 on a 4-point 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.
MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY, AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY CERTIFICATIONPREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION