Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 66 (30 credits M.Ed.; 36 credits post-master's Ed.S.)

Required Courses:

Core Courses
ABA 5302Effective Teaching Strategies and Academic Interventions3
ABA 5303Ethical and Legal Issues3
or SPSY 5303 Ethical and Legal Issues
CPSY 5526Multicultural Counseling3
EDUC 5101Critical Understanding of Social Science Research3
EPSY 5561Development and Learning Over the Lifespan3
SPSY 5667Introduction to Cognitive Assessment3
SPSY 5671Integrative Assessment3
SPSY 5674Social and Emotional Aspects of Behavior and Assessment3
SPSY 5676Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPSY 5771Biological Aspects of Behavior3
SPSY 8773Developmental Psychopathology and Low Incidence Disabilities3
SPSY 8777Theories and Techniques of Counseling for Youth3
SPSY 9551Consultation3
Culminating Courses
SPSY 9487Professional Issues and Practicum (2 terms)6
SPSY 9687Clinical Supervision Seminar in School Psychology6
SPSY 9688Psychoeducational Clinic (2 terms)6
SPSY 9885Internship in School Psychology9
Total Credit Hours66

Optional Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis

The optional 12-credit concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis allows students to meet Pennsylvania’s educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):

ABA 5304Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis3
ABA 5305Single Subject Research Design3
ABA 5306Organizational Behavior Management - OBM3
or PSY 8610 Topical Seminar in Organizational-Social
ABA 8787Seminar on Verbal Behavior3
Total Credit Hours12

Optional Concentration in Counseling

The optional 12-credit concentration in Counseling allows students to meet Pennsylvania’s educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor:

CPSY 5519Group Counseling3
CPSY 5566Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling3
CPSY 5593Career Counseling and Development3
CPSY 5698Fundamental Counseling Techniques3
Total Credit Hours12

Internship: 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.

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. The comprehensive exam is only required for a student whose GPA is below 3.5 at the completion of M.Ed. coursework.

Portfolio Review:
During the internship year, students must submit a portfolio of professional work for review by the advisor.

Clearance Requirements

Students enrolled in courses that require fieldwork or internships must submit updated child abuse, criminal and drug clearances every year. Learn more about submitting clearance requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students should have completed coursework in child development, elementary statistics, general psychology and learning/cognition theory. If you haven’t taken these courses, you will need to enroll in a few introductory courses in educational psychology, human development and learning theory.

Please note that these are not admission prerequisites, but students enrolled in the program may need to complete coursework in these areas concurrent to the requirements of their program.