Graduate Bulletin

School Psychology, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 5

Application is for the Fall semester only.


Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Prerequisites include Child Development, Elementary Statistics, General Psychology, and Learning Theory. If a student has not completed these courses as part of her/his undergraduate degree or through previous graduate coursework, s/he can take Ed Psy 5523 (525), 5531 (531), and/or 5541 (541).

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A bachelor's degree is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals, which should indicate your goals and objectives in obtaining a master's degree and certification as a school psychologist, is typically 2-3 pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for seeking certification with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your research and practice interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Two supplementary essays are also required for the Ed.M. degree with certification (or certification only). One should answer the question:  " Why do you want to become a school psychologist?"  The other should address:  " What do you perceive as the role and functions of the school psychologist?"

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. It is expected that the scores will be no less that 500 in each section of the test.

The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is required.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants who are considered qualified following an evaluation of their application materials are called in for an interview. Interviews are coordinated by a member of the Admission Committee and involve the participation of advanced graduate students.  Both group and individual Interviews are conducted.


A resume is required.

Writing Sample:

A writing sample may be required if the applicant is contacted for an interview.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred in from an accredited institution provided they were completed less than five years ago and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevancy of the courses that the student desires to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:

30 for the Ed.M. degree, with 45 additional hours for certification

Required Courses:

For the Ed.M.

Ed Psy 5523 (523), 8621 (621)

Sch Psy 5667 (670), 5671 (671), 5672 (672), 5673 (673), 5674 (674), 5676 (676), 8771 (771)

For certification

Ed Psy 8627 (627)

Psych 8130 (709)

Sch Psy 9587 (677), 8772 (770), 8775 (775), 9687 (778), 9688 (779), 9788 (781), 9787 (782), 9885 (878/879)

Internship: An internship is required. For certification, an internship with a minimum of 1,200 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 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:

45 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 the student's competence and ability to explain key concepts. Four subjects are covered:  Scientific Psychology; Consultation and Intervention; Diagnosis and Remediation; and Role/Function and Ethical/Legal Considerations.  Any student who earns less than a 3.5 graduate GPA is required to complete the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is 4 hours in length and is administered and proctored by the College of Education during the comprehensive examination schedule.

School Psychology faculty submit questions for the exam. The professor in charge of the examination selects the questions and then presents them at a faculty meeting. At least two members of the faculty grade the exam. The student must answer the questions correctly in all areas examined to pass.


Students must submit a portfolio of professional work annually for review by the advisor.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

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

Department Contacts:


Dr. Catherine Fiorello


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Catherine Fiorello



Dr. Joseph DuCette


203 Ritter Annex

About the Program

The objective of the School Psychology Ed.M. Program is to prepare students for functioning as scientist-practitioners. The major objectives include developing professional entry-level school psychologists who are prepared to utilize evidence-based practice in assessment, consultation, and intervention; integrate and apply research findings to the practice of school psychology; understand and appreciate diversity and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations; and function at the highest level of professional, ethical, and legal standards.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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

Interdisciplinary Study:

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


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



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

Areas of Specialization:

No areas of specialization are available.

Job Placement:

Graduates are employed in public and private schools.


Certification in School Psychology is awarded after completion of the internship and the passing of the PRAXIS I and 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

Financing of the program is the student’s responsibility.  Those without the requisite funding may contact the Student Financial Services Office at or 215-204–2244 for options.

Updated October 2007