Programs of Study

School Psychology


  • 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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School Psychology at Marywood

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.

Student Vanessa Szilagyi on School Psychology (video)

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

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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At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

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 a regionally 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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Tony Roma

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About Me: I joined the Marywood Admissions staff in December 2012. I attended Marywood for both my undergraduate and graduate programs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Business in 2010, and my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration in 2012. I am originally from Endicott, New York, but currently reside in Scranton, Pa.

My Interests: I’m a sports junkie! I love playing sports and watching sports, especially soccer, which I played and coached at Marywood. I also love basketball and football. I spend my free time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy running at Lake Scranton and working out at Marywood's Center for Athletics and Wellness. 

My Favorite Thing about Marywood: I love the sense of community at Marywood – it feels like one big family! We have so many great events all throughout the year and it is wonderful to see the students, faculty, and staff all come together. Marywood also has many beautiful, new facilities.

My Favorite Place on Campus: I love the Center for Athletics and Wellness because of the modern weight room, indoor track, and basketball arena. I also enjoy spending time in the Nazareth Student Center. Starbucks coffee, the bookstore, and the newly renovated dining hall make Naz a great place to be! 

You’d Never Guess: I am the first generation in my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents were born in Italy, and my maternal grandparents still live in Pofi, Italy with my great grandmother!

My Best Advice:   My advice to prospective graduate students is to have an open communication flow with the admissions staff and faculty members.  Be aware of program deadlines, per-requisite courses you must complete, and exactly what materials you are required to submit.  Graduate admissions can get tricky because each department is looking for something a little bit different!


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 Pre-K-12, school psychologist. The Ed.S. degree program is designed as a 75-credit graduate 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 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 (within past five years)
  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 (January 15th).


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 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.


15 semester hours

PSYC 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC 514 Human Development
PSYC 517 Personality Psychology
PSYC 521 Social Psychology
PSYC 523 Contemporary Learning Theories


9 semester hours

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


15 semester hours

PSYC 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment
PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning
PSYC 581 Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials, and Assessment of English Language Learners


12 semester hours

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


15 semester hours

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


3 semester hours

PSYC 547 Introduction to School Psychology


6 semester hours

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