The MS and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology program prepares students for state certification and national certification (NCSP) as PreK-12 school psychologists. Upon completion of the program, students also meet the educational requirements for the Licensed Behavior Specialist (LBS) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in Pennsylvania. Our students graduate from a very unique program since very few local and national school psychology programs provide training that ensures students are LPC eligible!
Completion of the MS in School Psychology program requires 16 Core Courses, including two semesters (6 credits) of practicum experience (total of 150 hours). Students seamlessly transition into the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) which is a total of 15 credits and includes two semesters (6 credits) of internship experience (total of 1,200 hours).
Students can complete the program in 3 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time). Full and part-time tracks include summer sessions. Full-time students take 9 credits (3 classes) per semester while part-time students take 6 credits (2 classes) per semester. Our convenient evening and blended online classes allow students to work full-time or part-time until the internship experience in the last year of the program.
The requirements for the MS and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology meet the educational 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.
For the NCSP credential, graduates of the MS and CAGS program (from Feb 2022 and on) will benefit from a streamlined process. Prior graduates of the MS and CAGS program will be required to submit a portfolio to NASP. See the NASP website for more information. Respecialization CAGS or Certification-only students may not be eligible for the NCSP credential and should contact NASP [link to same above] for more information.
School Psychologists are trained to use data-based assessments, effective consultation, and counseling skills to advocate and provide services for exceptional students. Through Eastern’s MS and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology program, students also meet the requirements to become Licensed Behavior Specialists and Licensed Professional Counselors, providing even more career opportunities in behavioral health and professional counseling. With the completion of the MS in School Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, students may also be eligible for a salary increase in many school districts. See where our graduates are employed here.