School Psychology

EdS

  • Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring
  • Assess barriers to learning, determine strategies to improve learning
  • Promote wellness and resilience
  • Work with students, families, teachers, administrators

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This program is intended for those seeking school psychologist certification and planning to work in school and related agencies. Applicants to the School Psychologist Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program must possess either the bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or related areas such as special education or counseling. Full time students can expect to complete the program in three years. Admissions will occur annually for the fall semester.

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C. Estelle Campenni
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Graduate and Undergraduate Psychology Programs

Francis J. DeMatteo, Ed.D., NCSP
Associate Professor
Coordinator, School Psychology Program

Bradley Janey
Professor
Psychology & Counseling Department Chair
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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies provides psychology and counseling students with facilities for clinical training, student research, and psychological testing.

The McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that provides mental health services to the community and training facilities for students in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The clinic has one-way observation rooms for individual, group, and family therapy.

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Specific Program Requirements

Candidacy Requirements:

  • Personal Statement reguarding reason for entering profession and long range goals

  • Graduate Record Exam

  • 2 college level math courses

  • 2 college level English courses

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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C. School Psychology Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Program

The Marywood University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students who seek state certification as a K-12, school psychologist. The Ed.S. degree program is designed as a 75 graduate credit program for students who wish to work in schools or related agencies. Students will follow an integrated and sequential course of study beginning post baccalaureate, earn a Master of Arts degree in psychology, complete the Educational Specialist degree and then are recommended for state certification. The integrated and sequential program is based on national standards and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards.

The program is competency-based and aims to train professionals who can provide the wide range of services expected of school psychologists. Emphasis throughout the program is on a realistic integration of didactic instruction and experiential learning, with the candidate expected to demonstrate continual progress toward independent professional functioning.

Students may enter the program post baccalaureate or post master's degree. Those seeking entrance post baccalaureate, earn the Master of Arts degree in Psychology upon completion of 45 credit hours and other degree requirements for the General Theoretical concentration. Applicants seeking admission post-master's should expect to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits. The applicability of prior graduate coursework will be evaluated in writing by the director of the School Psychology Program. Full-time students should expect to complete the program, including a 1,200-hour internship, within three academic years. Part-time students, entering post baccalaureate, are expected to complete the program and internship hours within five years. Part-time students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits per academic year. All students will be admitted annually for the fall semester only. The Field Work Experience of at least 1,200 contact hours is required. The Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Educational Specialist in School Psychology Program Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor's or master's degree in a related area.
  2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25).
  3. GRE
  4. A personal statement citing the applicant's reasons for entering the profession of school psychology and giving an estimate of potential for success in the field. Include a resume of the applicant's professional experience (if any).
  5. A personal interview with the school psychology program committee.
  6. All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

 

Those admitted to the program are expected to demonstrate continued professional growth. The progress of each candidate is reviewed yearly.

Each School Psychology student is required to complete the following course of studies.To be recommended for certification, a student must also: pass the PAPA (Reading, Math, Writing) and Praxis II (School Psychology) standardized examinations. Note: Program requirements and curricula are subject to change, pending Pennsylvania Department of Education Regulations and NASP Training Standards.

I. HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT

15 semester hours

PSYC 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
3
PSYC 514 Human Development
3
PSYC 517 Personality Psychology
3
PSYC 521 Social Psychology
3
PSYC 522 Cognitive/Affection Bases of Behavior
3

II. NATURE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONALITY

9 semester hours

PSYC 532 Child Psychopathology
3
SPED 507 Characteristics and Remedial Strategies
3
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations for Special-Needs Learner
3

III. ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES

12 semester hours

PSYC 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
3
PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment
3
PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning
3
PSYC 581 Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents
3

IV. INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES

12 semester hours

COUN 518 Applied Practice I
3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling
3
PSYC 585 Family-School Interventions
3
SPED 539 Behavioral Management Approaches
3
OR    
PSYC 539 Behavioral Management 3

V. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

15 semester hours

PSYC 551 School Psychology Law and Ethics
3
PSYC 552 School Based Consultation Methods
3
PSYC 549 Fieldwork Experience
5
PSYC 549A
Practicum
3
PSYC 549B
Internship
3
PSYC 549c Internship 3

VI. CURRICULUM AND ORGANIZATION IN EDUCATION

3 semester hours

PSYC 547 Introduction to School Psychology
3

VII. RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

6 semester hours

PSYC 503 Research Methodology and Statistics I
3
PSYC 504 Research Methodology and Statistics II
3
PSYC 555 Professional Contribution
0
OR
PSYC 554 Thesis Preparation 0-3
AND
PSYC 556 Master's Thesis 0-3