Psychology

M.A. in School Psychology (NASP Approved) & Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)

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 NEW DEVELOPMENTS: 

The M.A. & C.A.G.S. in School Psychology is now a three year program that has full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (effective until December 2016) and now contains a six-course sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis which fulfills the didactic requirements for the BCBA.

The school psychology program prepares its students to address the psychological, emotional, and behavioral needs of school-age children and adolescents, particularly as these issues compromise education. Toward this end, the program offers its students a broad range of knowledge and skills which are essential for the provision of psychological services in the schools.  Students in the program will be afforded an opportunity to develop skills in psychodiagnostic assessment, counseling, and other school-based interventions through the program’s coursework and its practicum and externship experiences.   

The program is recommended for those graduate students who wish to work with children and adolescents either in public and private school settings or in child and adolescent mental health facilities and for those who wish to enroll in doctoral studies in school psychology. Completion of the 70-credit master’s and certification programs, including the 1200-hour externship, will qualify the graduate to sit for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist certification exam.

The Program

The program has two levels: a master's degree level for which an M.A. in School Psychology is awarded upon completion of 32 credits (see below); followed by the certification level, granted after completion of an additional 38 credits. 

The master's level provides a strong background in the major theories, knowledge, and issues from the discipline of psychology, with a special emphasis on children and adolescents and on the application of these principles in school settings. It also offers a strong foundation for students who plan to pursue additional graduate study toward certification; however, the M.A. program alone does not enable students to function as school psychologists.

At the conclusion of the credit requirements for the M.A. program, students will complete a comprehensive examination. After passing this exam, students will receive the master’s degree and become eligible for the certification coursework.

After successful completion of certification coursework, students are eligible to apply for certification as a school psychologist from the New Jersey Department of Education. The state certificate allows recipients to function in the schools. The certification level provides the specialty courses in assessment, intervention, and educational foundations as well as the 1200-hour externship experience required for state certification.

Applicants for certification only must possess a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in psychology or another closely related field. The final determination of the equivalence of prior courses and graduate training will be made by the program director and a course of study will be determined on an individual basis. All students must take the Praxis II exam in School Psychology during their externship semester(s).

In accordance with the New Jersey State Department of Education Bureau of Certification, the required courses are listed below. Please review these course descriptions for grade requirements.

M.A. in School Psychology Required Courses

 

 

 

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) Required Courses

 
  *Comprehensive exam taken at end of third semester       *All coursework must be complete before externship  
Course
Title
Credits
 
 
Course
Title
Credits
5401
Seminar in Child & Adolescent Development
3
 
 
5405
Advanced Counseling w/ Children and Adolescents
3
5403
Neurological Basis of Educational Disorders
3
 
 
6106
Practicum I: Theory & Practice of School Consultation and Collaboration
3
6190
Seminar in Psych. Services in the Schools
1
 
 
5100
Introduction to Counseling Skills
3
5302
Appraisal of the Individual
1
 
 
6103
Data-Based Decision Making II: Cognitive Assessment & Intervention
3
5402
Seminar in Psychopathology of Childhood
3
 
 
6109
Data-Based Decision Making III: Academic Assessment & Intervention
3
6108
Seminar in Ethics & Law for School Psychologists
3
 
 
5801
Practicum II: Advanced Practice
3
5700
Applied Research Methods
3
 
 
6200
Externship I
4
5406
School Crisis Prevention & Intervention
3
 
 
6202
Externship II
4
6104
Data-Based Decision Making I: Behavioral and Social-Emotional Assessment & Intervention
3
 
 
ABA
ABA Courses
12
6110
Multicultural Issues in School Psychology
3
 
 
 

   
 ABA
 
 ABA Courses
 
 6
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

Total 32  
 
 
 
 
 

Total 38  

M.A. in School Psychology Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Minimum of 12 credits in psychology beyond the introductory level (100 level), which must include Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology; Statistics or Experimental Psychology; Theories of Personality; and a psychology elective.

Applicants meeting all other requirements may be required to register for deficiencies without graduate credit, as a condition of acceptance.

To Apply

  1. Submit a completed Application for Graduate Admissions along with your nonrefunable $40 application fee.
  2. Submit official transcripts in signed and sealed envelopes from all undergraduate institutions and any previous graduate intuitions. Please note: any transcript received with a broken seal will be considered unofficial and will not be accepted.
  3. Submit Miller Analogies Test scores from within the last five years (all students including GCU graduates)
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from: college faculty, deans, supervisors, or other persons familiar with the profession of School Psychology
  5. Submit a written statement of the applicant’s reasons for undertaking this program of study.  An explanation of the factors that have influenced the applicant’s decision and how this program will facilitate the attainment of the applicant’s professional goals.  The applicant is strongly encouraged to include any positions in which she or he has worked with school-aged children.  Any research interests or areas that the applicant would be interested in pursuing should also be included.  This written statement should be two to three double-spaced pages long. Letters of recommendation may be included in your admissions packet if they are enclosed in signed and sealed envelope or they may be sent separately, directly from your recommender.
  6. Participate in a personal interview with the program director or faculty member.

 Please Note:

  • Upon review of your application materials you will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
  • No specific information will be given in the case of a rejected application and no information will be given by telephone.
  • Accepted Students will receive a health form that must be completed and submitted to the Health Office. 

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology (CAGS) Admission Requirements

Continuing Graduate Students
At the conclusion of the credit requirements for the M.A. program, students will complete a comprehensive examination before receiving the master’s degree and prior to beginning the CAGS level courses.  Once all coursework is completed, students begin their 1200-hour externship; it is during this experience when they sit for the Praxis II Examination in School Psychology.  With a passing score, program graduates then may apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential from the NASP.

New Applicants
Applicants who possess a master’s degree from another college or university in psychology or in a closely related field who wish to apply for the CAGS level only may do so. However, only courses taken within five years of the application will be considered for transfer into the program. These applications also will be reviewed by the program director and by school psychology faculty to determine the comparability of training and coursework between programs. This review may result in acceptance of some, but not all, of these courses, and in these students being advised to complete additional masters-level coursework that is congruent with the GCU school psychology program of study. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all necessary information to establish equivalence.  These materials, at the discretion of the program director, may include course descriptions, syllabi, student work such as papers, and class notes.

In order for those applicants with a master’s degree to from another college or university to apply for the certification-level (CAGS) program the following is required:

  1. Application for Graduate Admissions.
  2. Sealed and signed envelopes containing official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Please note: any transcript received with a broken seal will be considered unofficial and will not be accepted.
  3. Miller Analogies Test scores within the last five years
  4. Three letters of recommendation from: college faculty, deans, supervisors, or other persons familiar with the profession of School Psychology.
  5. A letter of intent describing the applicant’s interest in the School Psychology Program, including relevant study, experiences, and any other additional information as appropriate. This letter should be two to three double-spaced pages long and will serve as the applicants writing sample. Letters should be addressed to Dr. Joseph Colford, Associate Professor & Director, School Psychology Program.
  6. Personal interview with the program director or faculty member.

Please include all admissions materials in a self-managed application packet along with a non-refundable check or money order for $40.00 made payable to Georgian Court University. Letters of recommendation may be included in your admissions packet if they are enclosed in signed and sealed envelope or they may be sent separately, directly from your recommender.

 


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