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School Psychology

Ensuring an enriching educational experience for children is the main focus of the M.A. in School Psychology program. It focuses on diversity, social justice, and sound counseling so that you can work in schools. This rigorous program will equip you to address the psychological, academic, and behavioral needs of students so they can excel in their pursuits.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-approved program has two levels: a Master of Arts in School Psychology is awarded after you complete 32 to 35 credits. Then you go on to complete the 36-credit specialist level Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) coursework, which is vital to meet requirements for New Jersey Department of Education certification and become a practicing school psychologist. The program requires a 300-hour practicum and a 1,200-hour externship.

Georgian Court now offers a Psy.D. in School Psychology program that enables school psychologists to expand their practice and move into more advanced practice settings. The new program has two tracks: a 112-credit, five-year program for students entering directly from their undergraduate program and a 47-credit, three-year program, which is an extension of the existing NASP-approved M.A./CAGS programs in school psychology.

GRE requirement waived

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for all school psychology programs has been waived for Fall 2021 applications. For questions and information, please contact Dr. Stephanie Rahill for the M.A./CAGS program or Dr. Alfred Mancuso for the Psy.D. program.

Master of Arts in School Psychology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SPS5302 Appraisal of the Individual 1
SPS5401 Sem in Child & Adolescent Development 3
SPS5402 Seminar: Psychopathology of Childhood 3
SPS5406 School Crisis Prevention & Intervention 3
SPS6190 Sem in Psych Services in the Schools 1
ABA503 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 1 3
 Credits14
Spring Semester
SPS5910 Beh Assessment in Edu & Comm Settings 1 3
SPS6104 Data-BasdDec-MkingI:Beh&Soc/EmoAss&Intrv 3
SPS6110 Multicultural Issues in Sch Psych 3
ABA504 Philosophy of Behaviorism (elective; necessary for BCBA credential) 1 3
 Credits12
Summer Semester
SPS5700 Statistics & Research Design I 3
SPS6102 Asmnt & Intvntn of Reading Difficulties 3
SPS6105 Sem in Ethical Conduct for Sch Psych 1 3
 Credits9
 Total Credits35
1

Indicates coursework that is part of the 18- to 21-credit ABA sequence.

Note: At the completion of these 32 to 35 credits, students will sit for the comprehensive examination. With a passing score, students receive their M.A. in School Psychology and are eligible to move on to advanced-level coursework.

Minimum levels of performance are outlined in the School Psychology program handbook. Students are evaluated and expected to maintain expected levels of performance in their academic coursework, field placements, and professional characteristics. Failure to maintain minimum levels of performance across any of these areas may lead to dismissal from the program. The program handbook is available on the program website and the program BlackBoard site.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SPS5100 Introduction to Counseling Skills 3
SPS5911 Beh Interventions in Edu & Comm Settings 1 3
SPS6103 Data-BasdDec-MkingII:CogAsmnt&Intvntn 3
SPS6106 Prac I: Consultation & Collaboration 3
 Credits12
Spring Semester
SPS5405 Sem Adv Counseling with Children & Adol 3
SPS5801 Practicum II: Advanced Practice 3
SPS5912 Adv Beh Chng Procdr in Edu&Comm Settings 1 3
SPS6109 Data-BasdDec-MkingIII:PsychoEdAsmnt&Intv 3
 Credits12
Summer Semester
SPS5403 Neuro Basis of Educational Disorders 3
ABA502 Measurement & Experimental Design 1 3
 Credits6
Third Year
Fall Semester
SPS6200 Externship I 3
 Credits3
Spring Semester
SPS6202 Externship II 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits36
1

Indicates coursework that is part of the 18- to 21-credit ABA sequence.

Minimum levels of performance are outlined in the School Psychology program handbook. Students are evaluated and expected to maintain expected levels of performance in their academic coursework, field placements, and professional characteristics. Failure to maintain minimum levels of performance across any of these areas may lead to dismissal from the program. The program handbook is available on the program website and the program BlackBoard site.



For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

GCU’s new Psy.D. in School Psychology has two tracks: a 109- to 112-credit, five-year program for students entering directly from their undergraduate program and a 47-credit, three-year program, which is an extension of GCU’s National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-approved existing master’s degree and post-master’s certificate programs in school psychology. The doctoral program will provide graduates with:

  • the ability to serve children in schools, hospitals, clinics, and other advance practice settings by attending to their mental health and educational needs, while also emphasizing issues of diversity and social justice;
  • the importance of understanding and respecting the various contexts of a multicultural, pluralistic society in which children live and shape their lives; and
  • a program that reflects the university’s mission and Mercy core values.

The five-year, 109- to 112-credit Psy.D. program is a full-time curriculum for students entering directly from their undergraduate program who want to earn an M.A., Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS), and Psy.D. Students will earn the M.A. and CAGS in School Psychology while working toward their Psy.D. degree. Graduate assistantships are available beginning in the third year of coursework.

Program

  • Psy.D. courses (109-112 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Year One

Fall Semester

  • SPS5302 Appraisal of the Individual (1)
  • SPS5401 Seminar in Child & Adolescent Development (3)
  • SPS5402 Seminar in Psychopathology of Childhood (3)
  • SPS5406 School Crisis Prevention & Intervention (3)
  • SPS6190 Seminar in Psychological Services in the Schools (1)
  • ABA503 Experimental Analysis of Behavior* (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS5910 Behavior Assessment in Education & Community Settings* (3)
  • SPS6104 Data-Based Decision Making I: Behavioral & Social/Emotional Assessment & Intervention (3)
  • SPS6110 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology (3)
  • ABA504 Philosophy of Behaviorism* (elective; necessary for BCBA credential) (3)

Year Two

Summer Semester

  • SPS5700 Statistics & Research Methods I (3)
  • SPS6102 Assessment & Intervention of Reading Difficulties for School Psychologists (3)
  • SPS6105 Seminar in Ethical Conduct for School Psychologists* (3)

Note: At the completion of these 32–35 credits, students will sit for the comprehensive examination. With a passing score, students receive their M.A. in School Psychology and are eligible to move on to advanced-level coursework.

Fall Semester

  • SPS5100 Introduction to Counseling Skills (3)
  • SPS5911 Behavior Interventions in Educational & Community Settings* (3)
  • SPS6103 Data-Based Decision Making II: Cognitive Assessment & Intervention (3)
  • SPS6106 Practicum I: Consultation & Collaboration (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS5405 Advanced Counseling with Children & Adolescents (3)
  • SPS5801 Practicum II: Advanced Practice (3)
  • SPS5912 Advanced Behavior Change Procedures in Educational & Community Settings* (3)
  • SPS6109 Data-Based Decision Making III: Integrated Psychoeducational Assessment & Intervention (3)

Year Three

Summer Semester

  • SPS5403 Neurological Basis of Educational Disorders (3)
  • ABA502 Measurement & Experimental Design* (3)

Fall Semester

  • SPS7100 History & Systems of Psychology (3)
  • SPS7300 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
  • SPS7500 Statistics & Research Methods II (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS7150 Theories of Personality (3)
  • SPS7400 Practicum III (3)
  • SPS7550 Statistics & Research Methods III (3)

Year Four

Summer Semester

  • SPS7600 Research in School Psychology (3)

Fall Semester

  • SPS7200 Social Psychology (3)
  • SPS7350 Physiological Basis of Behavior (3)
  • SPS7700 Dissertation (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS7250 Cognition & Learning (3)
  • SPS7450 Supervision of Psychological Services (3)
  • SPS7700 Dissertation (3)

Year Five

Summer Semester

Psy.D. students must defend their dissertation proposal and pass the doctoral qualifying exam before moving on to internship.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • SPS7900 Pre-Doctoral Internship I (4)
  • SPS7901 Pre-Doctoral Internship II (4)

*Indicates a course that is part of the 18- to 21-credit applied behavior analysis sequence

Notes: Psy.D. students will be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Psychology at the successful conclusion of the pre-doctoral internship. Students will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in School Psychology once they pass the doctoral qualifying exam, complete the pre-doctoral internship (1,500–1,750 hours), and successfully defend and file their dissertation with the university library.

The three-year, 47-credit Advanced Standing Psy.D. program is a full-time curriculum for certified school psychologists who have already earned a master’s or specialist’s degree in school psychology comprising at least 60 graduate credits and are ready to take their careers to the next level. Graduate assistantships are available.

Program

  • Psy.D. courses (47 credits)

For more information on program requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses

Year One

Fall Semester

  • SPS7100 History & Systems of Psychology (3)
  • SPS7300 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
  • SPS7500 Statistics & Research Methods II (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS7150 Theories of Personality (3)
  • SPS7400 Practicum III (3)
  • SPS7550 Statistics & Research Methods III (3)

Year Two

Summer Semester

  • SPS7600 Research in School Psychology (3)

Fall Semester

  • SPS7200 Social Psychology (3)
  • SPS7350 Physiological Basis of Behavior (3)
  • SPS7700 Dissertation (3)

Spring Semester

  • SPS7250 Cognition & Learning (3)
  • SPS7450 Supervision of Psychological Services (3)
  • SPS7700 Dissertation (3)

Year Three

Summer Semester

Psy.D. students must defend their dissertation proposal and pass the doctoral qualifying exam before moving on to internship.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • SPS7900 Pre-Doctoral Internship I (4)
  • SPS7901 Pre-Doctoral Internship II (4)

Note: Psy.D. students will be awarded the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in School Psychology once they pass the doctoral qualifying exam, complete the pre-doctoral internship (1,500–1,750 hours), and successfully defend and file their dissertation with the university library.

FULL-TIME FACULTY​

Theresa Brown

Brown, Theresa

Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Farley Center (108)
ude.naigroeg@nworbt
732-987-2642

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Alfred Mancuso

Mancuso, Alfred

Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Farley Center (101)
ude.naigroeg@osucnama
732-987-2120

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Stephanie Rahill

Rahill, Stephanie

Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Farley Center (109)
ude.naigroeg@llihars
732-987-2420

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Heather Tacovsky

Tacovsky, Heather

Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
ude.naigroeg@yksvocath

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