The School Psychology M.A./Ed.S. program provides students 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.
The School 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 Master's in Psychological Studies - School Psychology Concentration. Upon successful completion of the master's program, students need to reapply for admission to the 29-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 M.A. and Ed.S. programs together take four years to complete.
The successful completion of all credits (65 total) in both the M.A. and Ed.S. programs leads to certification by the New Jersey Department of Education as a school psychologist. This certification only allows one to work in the schools. It is not a license leading to private practice.
The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.
The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and NCATE.