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.