Immaculata’s Master of Arts/Educational Specialist in School Psychology will prepare you with knowledge and applied skills in mental health, learning, and behavior so that you can help students thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. The program’s curriculum is informed by the ethical and training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
The program is designed to be completed consecutively and as an integrated whole. You can complete the program in three years of full-time study. You will enter the 36-credit Ed.S. program immediately upon successful completion of the 33-credit M.A., which includes 11 courses and a comprehensive exam. (Students who already hold a master’s degree may opt out of receiving the M.A. in School Psychology, but are required to take all courses in the M.A. sequence unless they have already completed equivalent graduate-level coursework.)
The Ed.S. curriculum builds upon the foundational competencies established in the M.A. program by providing advanced training in other areas, including data-based decision-making, consultation, collaboration, and direct and indirect services for children, families, and schools. Successful completion of courses, practicum, internship, and the Praxis II: School Psychology exam are required for Ed.S. program completion.
Once you successfully complete the Ed.S., you will be prepared to work in school settings as a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist, as well as in related settings as permitted by state licensing and certification guidelines.
- Full- and part-time program faculty are experienced school psychologists.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in state and national professional organizations, including the National Association of School Psychologists, the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Assocation’s School Psychology Board. Membership in these organizations provides valuable opportunities for networking and professional development.
- You will have opportunities to attend and present at professional conferences.
Tuition and Costs
See the College of Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees page for master’s-level tuition rates.
Financial aid programs are available to eligible students through the University’s Financial Aid Office. All prospective students are encouraged to complete a FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Master of Arts in School Psychology (33 credits)
- GEN 501 Human Development (3)
- GEN 502 Methods of Research (3)
- GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations OR* PSYC 604 Group Process (3)
- PSYC 598 Comprehensive Examination in School Psychology (0)
- PSYC 603 Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3)
- PSYC 610 Children with Exceptional Needs (3)
- PSYC 643 Ethical/Legal Issues in School Psychology (3)
- PSYC 644 Socioemotional/Behavioral Assessment (3)
- PSYC 654 Principles of Academic Assessment, Instruction and Intervention (3)
- PSYC 655 School Consultation and Curriculum Design (3)
- PSYC 663 Psychometrics (3)
- PSYC 664 Assessment I: Cognitive (3)
Educational Specialist in School Psychology (36 credits)
- PSYC 607 Treatment of Children and Adolescents (3)
- PSYC 635 Neuropsychology and Learning with Children and Adolescents (3)
- PSYC 642 Instruction, Assessment, and Intervention with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (3)
- PSYC 645 Data-Based Decision-Making: Case Study Approaches (3)
- PSYC 646 Crisis Prevention and Intervention in School Settings (3)
- PSYC 656 Advanced Academic Assessment (3)
- PSYC 666 Assessment III: Psychoeducational (3)
- COUN 668 Counseling Theories and Techniques I (3)
- COUN 669 Counseling Theories and Techniques II (3)
- PSYC 678 Seminar I: School Psychology Practicum (1.5)
- PSYC 679 Seminar II: School Psychology Practicum (1.5)
- PSYC 680 Seminar I: School Psychology Internship (3)
- PSYC 681 Seminar II: School Psychology Internship (3)
Practicum and Internship
You will complete a two-semester, 500-hour practicum in school psychology during your second year in the M.A./Ed.S. program, followed by a 1,200-hour internship in school psychology during your final year in the program. All practicum and internship experiences are completed in educational settings under the supervision of certified school psychologists. Like the program itself, these placements are sequential, with the internship building on the skills you develop during your practicum. Activities may involve assessment, counseling, intervention, and collaboration with teachers and families.
Courses meet in the late afternoon and evening on Immaculata’s main campus in Malvern, PA. During the first year of the program, you may work full time while taking classes. During the second year, you may work part time while completing your practicum at least two full days per week. During the third year, you will complete the full-time internship.
Upon successful program completion, you will demonstrate the ability to improve the academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional competencies of children and youth, and to enhance the capacities of the systems in which they work. Specifically, you will demonstrate the following foundational and functional competencies, which are informed by and consistent with the education and training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists:
- Interpersonal, consultative, and collaborative skills
- Diversity awareness and sensitive service delivery
- Professional, legal, ethical, and social responsibility
- Appropriate, ethical use of assessment tools and techniques
- Integrative data-based decision-making and accountability
- Systems-based service delivery
- Enhancing the development of cognitive and academic skills
- Enhancing the development of wellness, social skills, mental health, and life competencies
- Enhancing home-school collaboration
Admission to the M.A. and Ed.S. programs is for the fall semester only. The application deadline for fall admission is February 15. (If this date falls on a weekend, the deadline is the following Monday.) Application materials must be received by the deadline.
- Two (2) academic reference forms
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores
- A résumé
- Additional application materials required for all master’s programs at Immaculata