MS and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology Degree Requirements
Completion of the program requires earning a 48-credit master’s degree in school psychology (16 Core Courses), including two semesters (6 credits) of practicum experiences, followed by a 15-credit CAGS in post-master’s graduate work in school psychology for a total of 63 graduate credits. The CAGS includes a two semester (6 credits) internship.
Full-time attendance is at least nine credits (3 courses) per semester, and part-time is at least six credits (2 courses) per semester. Certification Only students are those that already hold a Master's Degree in a related field and wish to take courses to become state certified as a School Psychologist.
The requirements for the M.S. and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology meet the educational and field experience requirements for the Pennsylvania Certification in School Psychology. Applicants must also meet the requirements of Pennsylvania State Law (Chapter 354) in order to be eligible for certification. Prior to certification, Chapter 354 regulations require that candidates have either an overall GPA of 3.0 or a GPA of 3.0 in the last 48 credits of graduate level academic work and the successful completion of the PRAXIS II exam.
In addition, the course requirements for the M.S. and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology meet both the educational course requirements for the Pennsylvania Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) the PA License in Professional Counseling (LPC) once the internship experiences are complete along with post-CAGS supervision hours (and for LPC, the professional counseling exam). Our students graduate from a very unique program since very few local and national school psychology programs provide training that ensures students are LPC eligibile!
Note: there are different requirements for applicants that hold or do not hold a valid Pennsylvania Department of Education School Certification (e.g. Teacher Certification).