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Graduate Bulletin

School Psychology, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: January 2

Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Anyone familiar with the applicant's competence may write a letter. Preference is given to letters from college or university faculty members.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:



Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

The applicant should indicate his or her goals and objectives in obtaining a master's degree and Certification as a School Psychologist. This statement is evaluated against the program's mission. A typical goal statement contains the following items: the student's reason for seeking a Certification with a specific focus on the career to which the student aspires; the student's research and practice interests; academic and job related experiences relevant to the program. A typical goal statement is 2 to 3 pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. While there is no specific range, it is expected that the scores will be no less that 500 in each of the areas.

The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is required.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test.


Applicants, who after an evaluation of their application materials are considered qualified, are called in for an interview. A member of the admission committee coordinates the interviews. Interviews are a combination of group and individual interviews. Advanced graduate students participate in the interview process.


A resume is required.

Writing Sample:

A writing sample must be supplied if the applicant is contacted for an interview.

Transfer Credit:

Courses from an accredited institution may be transferred as long as they were taken less than 5 years prior to matriculation and are relevant to the program requirements. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevance of the course to be transferred. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Sch Psy 670, 671, 672, 673, 674, 676, 770, 772

Ed Psy 621, 627

Prerequisite courses that should be completed as undergraduate or other graduate work include a course in general psychology, elementary statistics, child development, learning theory, and tests and measurements. If a student does not have these courses in his or her previous graduate or undergraduate program, they can be made up by taking Ed Psy 525, 529, 531, and/or 541.

Internship: Yes, an internship is required. For Certification, an internship of a minimum of 1200 hours in an approved setting must be completed. A minimum of 600 hours must be in a school setting. The internship can be full-time for a year or half-time for over two years. The internship is not required for the master's degree although it is required for certification.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

42 credits of additional coursework beyond the master's degree, including practica and internship, are required for certification as a school psychologist.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is an essay examination that covers key areas of psychology and school psychology to determine student's competence and ability to explain key concepts. The examination comprises a full day of essay examinations.

Comprehensive Exam Subject - (1) Scientific Psychology; (2)Consultation; (3) Diagnosis and Remediation; (4) Role & Function and Ethical and Legal Considerations

Comprehensive Exam Complete - If the student earns less than a 3.5 graduate GPA the comprehensive examination is required.

Comprehensive Exam Write - Faculty submit questions. The professor in charge of the examination selects questions and then presents them at a faculty meeting.

Comprehensive Exam Grade - At least two members of the faculty grade the examination.

Comprehensive Exam Pass - The student must answer the questions correctly in the two areas examined to pass the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Exam Schedule - The comprehensive exam is 4 hours in length and is proctored and administered by the College of Education during the comprehensive examination schedule.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

School Psychology Program
262 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Dr. Irwin Hyman


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Joseph G. Rosenfeld


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Joseph G. Rosenfeld



Joseph G. Rosenfeld, Ph.D.


About the Program

The objective of the program is to prepare students for functioning as scientist-practitioners. The major objectives include developing professional entry-level school psychologists who have: (a) a data-based orientation to scientific phenomena; (b) a multi-theoretical orientation toward human behavior; (c) the personal desire to continue to learn, create, and develop greater skills; (d) an understanding of cultural diversity; and (e) the desire to advocate for children at both individual and policy levels.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

School Psychology Program
262 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122



Not applicable.


The program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Specialization:

Areas of sub-specialization and faculty interest include pre-school assessment and practice, applied behavior analysis, ethical and legal problems, assessment theory and practice, behavior management and the management of classroom discipline, remediation of learning problems, and low-incidence handicapping conditions. Coursework is offered in all of these areas.

Job Placement:

Graduates are employed in a variety of public and private schools, hospitals, agencies, government and state facilities.


Not applicable.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Some courses may be taken in the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts, in the Counseling Psychology program, in Educational Administration, and in the Department of Curriculum Instruction, Technology and Education (CITE). Internships may be selected from a variety of approved sites throughout the local area and the United States.

Study Abroad:



Certification in School Psychology is awarded after completion of the internship and the passing of the PRAXIS I & II Exam for Pennsylvania. Some states will certify without these examinations.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take degree courses.

Financing Opportunities