The School and Community Psychology M.A./Ed.S. program trains graduate students to address the psycho-educational and socio-emotional needs of school age children and adolescents. As previously noted, SHU's Program goals are consistent with the National Association of School Psychology Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice standards. Inherent in this training is the belief that children must be viewed in the contexts in which they live. The social, economic, and cultural contexts shape their feelings, thoughts, and actions. The school can usefully be regarded as the second nurturing agent beyond the family. Consequently, it is intimately involved in the growth and development of societies' youngest members. Students are provided with professional and academic training to address the individual, contextual, and systemic needs of children and adolescents as well as those who nurture and support them. The National Association of School Psychologists Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice also guides the students' professional development and practicum/internship experiences.
Who Should Apply?
The faculty of the School and Community Psychology program are seeking applicants who are dedicated to the field of school psychology. This includes being passionate about working with diverse children, families, and staff in schools. Successful applications are able to demonstrate their: (1) dependability, (2) respect and empathy for others in thought and action, (3) open-mindedness, (4) ability to identify, admit and learn from their mistakes, (5) professional and ethical integrity, (6) ability to successfully cope with stress; and (7) self care skills. Experience working with students in schools and other settings is highly valued although it is not a requirement for admission to the program. For specific application procedures, click on admissions.
The School and Community Psychology M.A./Ed.S. program has two separate parts and requires two separate admission applications. First, there is a 36 credit Master's degree (known as the Masters in Psychological Studies - School and Community Psychology Concentration) which also requires passing the comprehensive examination. Upon successful completion of the Masters program, students need to reapply for admission to the 42-credit program leading to the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. The Ed.S. program includes a Pre-Internship (Practicum) field experience of 300 hours as well as an Internship of 1200 hours. The masters and specialist program in School and Community Psychology takes four and one-half years to complete.
The successful completion of both the Master's and Ed.S. programs leads to licensure by the New Jersey Department of Education as a school psychologist. This licensure only allows one to work in the schools. It is not a license leading to private practice. The theoretical model of the program is an integration of dynamic and systems thinking. The program is recommended for individuals who primarily work in schools, as well as in child and adolescent mental health facilities, and/or to prepare for doctoral study.
School and Community Psychology Program Student Handbook 2013-2014
Graduates of the School and Community Psychology program continue their educational pursuits to earn advanced degrees (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) in school psychology, counseling psychology, school administration/supervision and other related areas. Students from the program have been accepted to doctoral programs throughout the tristate area.