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School Psychology—Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (M.A./CAGS)

Earn your Master’s in School Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies at Georgian Court University in a program that’s approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and boasts a 100% graduate pass rate on the Praxis™ School Psychologist exam.

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Program Highlights

Degree

Master of Arts/Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (M.A./CAGS)

3 years

Average time to complete

Delivery

On-campus evening classes

Cost

$915/credit

Total credits

32–35 (M.A.); 36 (CAGS)

Time of entry

Fall
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Master’s in

School

Psychology

If you’re searching for a meaningful career that gives you the opportunity to help children and adolescents achieve their best, look no further than school psychology. School psychologist jobs are in high demand and offer excellent pay and work-life balance—all reasons that this career is ranked among the Best Jobs by U.S. News and World Report.

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in the real world

The Master’s in School Psychology at GCU incorporates a social justice perspective to the education of our students in comprehensive, evidence-based skill development in the areas in assessment, counseling, consultation, prevention services, and implementation science. The program prepares you to address the psychological, academic, and behavioral needs of students so they can excel. Our program features numerous field experiences that enable you to apply your training in the real world. This includes a community service project as early as the first semester, 300 hours of practicum in the schools, and a culminating 1,200-hour internship. If you’re interested in becoming a board-certified behavior analyst, you’ll also complete the required coursework through this program for the BCBA certification.

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School psychologists bring specialized expertise in mental health, behavior, and learning to help students succeed in school and in life. In addition to working directly with students, school psychologists partner with families, teachers, administrators, and other professionals within the school team to support positive outcomes for students — academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

Our 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 for meeting requirements for New Jersey Department of Education certification and becoming a practicing school psychologist. This part of the program requires a 300-hour practicum and a 1,200-hour externship. Our students are also eligible for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.

Program Information

GRE no longer required for applicants

The Master of Arts in School Psychology and the specialist-level Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Psychology comprise an integrated sequence of coursework, practicum, and externship experiences. A total of 68 to 71 semester hours, including a 300-hour practicum and a 1,200-hour externship, are required.

Master of Arts in School Psychology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SPS5401 Sem in Child & Adolescent Development 3
ABA503 Experimental Analysis of Behavior 1 3
SPS5402 Seminar: Psychopathology of Childhood 3
SPS5190 Sem in Psych Services in the Schools 1
SPS5302 Appraisal of the Individual 1
 Credits11
Spring Semester
SPS5406 School Crisis Prevention & Intervention 3
SPS5104 Data-BasdDec-MkingI:Beh&Soc/EmoAss&Intrv 3
SPS5110 Multicultural Issues in Sch Psych 3
SPS5910 Beh Assessment in Edu & Comm Settings 1 3
 Credits12
Summer Semester
SPS5105 Sem in Ethical Conduct for Sch Psych 1 3
SPS5102 Asmnt & Intvntn of Reading Difficulties 3
SPS5700 Statistics & Research Design I 3
ABA504 Philosophy of Behaviorism 1, 2 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits35
1

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

2

Elective; necessary for BCBA© credential

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
SPS6100 Introduction to Counseling Skills 3
SPS6103 Data-BasdDec-MkingII:CogAsmnt&Intvntn 3
SPS6106 Prac I: Consultation & Collaboration 3
SPS6911 Beh Interventions in Edu & Comm Settings 1 3
 Credits12
Spring Semester
SPS6109 Data-BasdDec-MkingIII:PsychoEdAsmnt&Intv 3
SPS6405 Sem Adv Counseling withi Children & Adol 3
SPS6801 Practicum II: Advanced Practice 3
SPS6912 Adv Beh Chng Procdr in Edu&Comm Settings 1 3
 Credits12
Summer Semester
SPS6403 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.




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Heather Tacovsky

Heather Tacovsky, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
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Stephanie Rahill

Stephanie Rahill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Farley Center (109)
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732-987-2420

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Theresa Brown

Theresa J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Farley Center (108)
goebja@trbetvna.rqh
732-987-2642

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If you’re interested in our Master’s degree in School Psychology, here are other programs at GCU you might want to explore:

Why Earn Your School Psychology Master’s Degree at GCU?

As a NASP-approved school psychology program, we provide a rigorous, hands-on curriculum that prepares you for success. Our track record speaks for itself: over the last five years, graduates of our school psychology master’s degree have a 100% pass rate on the Praxis™ School Psychologist exam.

Here are more reasons why Georgian Court offers one of the best school psychology master’s programs in New Jersey.

Faculty With Diverse Specialty Areas

Our classes are taught by full-time faculty (not teaching assistants) who bring diverse professional expertise and research areas to the coursework. Small classes allow for personal attention and meaningful interactions with instructors and peers.

Field Experiences and Research Opportunities

The curriculum for the Master’s in School Psychology at GCU includes field experiences almost every semester that have you working with children and youth in real school settings. You’ll also have opportunities to engage in impactful research and present your work, often working directly with faculty.

Emphasis on Social Justice

Our program prepares you to promote social justice as a school psychologist through culturally responsive professional practice, empowering families and communities and ensuring equity and fairness for all children and youth.

Doctoral Degree in School Psychology

In addition to the master’s degree, Georgian Court also offers a Psy.D. in School Psychology program that enables school psychologists to expand their practice and move into more advanced practice settings.

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School Psychology Degree

What Can You Do With a School Psychology Degree?

For decades, there has been a shortage of school psychologists in the United States. As a result, there’s a high job placement rate for graduates of school psychology programs. In fact, a recent report found that over 99% of school psychology graduates find a job within one year. For a variety of factors—including salary, job market, and work-life balance—the most recent U.S. News and World Report ranks school psychologist #19 in Best Social Services Jobs and #27 in Best STEM Jobs.

School Psychologist Jobs

Most school psychologists work in public schools, but that’s not your only option: preschools, community centers, and private schools also hire Master’s in School Psychology graduates. If you earn your doctoral degree in school psychology, you find opportunities to work in medical settings and private practice as well. Depending on where you work, school psychologist jobs may focus on counseling, assessment, crisis preparedness, and other activities.

School Psychology Salary

How much does a school psychologist make? According to U.S. News and World Report, the median pay for school psychologists nationally is $78,200. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average school psychologist salary in New Jersey is $99,170. Keep in mind that salaries will vary depending on the type of school in which you work (elementary, secondary, or college).

Psychology Students
"At our NASP-approved GCU school psychology programs, we pride ourselves in creating a collaborative community of future school psychologists. Both the cohort model and the small class sizes ensure our graduate students have many opportunities to collaborate with one another and with faculty as they learn content relevant to the profession and develop the skills necessary to practice as a school psychologist. Our graduate students benefit from multiple field-based experiences with our K-12 partner school districts throughout our geographic area and have multiple opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research within our field. Our program enjoys a reputation within the community for producing knowledgeable and competent school psychologists ready to assist in the mental health, behavioral, and academic development of our youth in schools."
Stephanie Rahill
DR. STEPHANIE RAHILL
Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences

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