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Graduate Degree Program - Psychology

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    (201) 200-3063
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    Dr. David Hallerman, Chairperson

    Dr. James Lennon, Coordinator, Professional Diploma in School Psychology, M.A. in Educational Psychology Program
    (201) 200-3309


    MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
    The Department of Psychology offers a broad education in psychology leading to the Master of Arts in educational psychology. The program of courses and field experiences serve as preparation for entry into doctoral or certification programs (such as school psychology certification) and is geared towards students who are interested or already involved in human services.

    PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION 

    1. Completion of the general graduate studies admission requirements
    2. Verbal and quantitative Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
    3. Satisfactory completion of at least nine (9) undergraduate credits in psychology. (Additional graduate and/or undergraduate work may be considered necessary for admission. In such instances, an individual program must be planned by the student in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor).
    4. Formal review of the applicant’s credentials by the coordinator of the Educational Psychology program and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.
    5. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential for graduate study are required.

    THESIS OPTION
    Students who wish to complete a research thesis as part of their M.A. degree requirement must make arrangements with a specific faculty member for supervision. Successful completion of the thesis option allows a student to fulfill the M.A. degree requirements with 33 instead of 36 credits with an additional 3 credits awarded for the thesis. A student who chooses not to write a thesis is required to complete 36 credits of course work.

    MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    (36 credits or 33 credits and a thesis)

     

    Code Title
    Credits
    PSYC 601 Psychology of Learning and Cognition
    3
    PSYC 602 Psychology of Personality
    3
    PSYC 603 Developmental Psychology
    3
    PSYC 604 Tests and Measurements
    3
    PSYC 606 Research Methodology I
    3
    PSYC 675 Statistics
    3
    PSYC 626 Seminar: Ethics, Law and the Profession
    3
      Education courses (with advisor's approval)
    6

    Restricted electives (select 9-12 credits from the following)
    Code Title
    Credits
    PSYC 605 Introduction to Counseling
    3
    PSYC 608 Interviewing and Counseling
    3
    PSYC 609 Personality Maladjustments of Children and Adolescents
    3
    PSYC 616 Therapeutic Intervention Tech. II: Consultation
    3
    PSYC 623 Research Thesis
    3
    PSYC 625 Group Process
    3
    PSYC 629 Multicultural Counseling
    3
    PSYC 631 Psychopharmacology
    3

     


    PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY  (Gainful Employment update)
    The school psychology program is a 74-credit integrated and sequenced course of study leading to a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology. It is a “Nationally Recognized Program” by the National Association of School Psychologists. Candidates complete 300 hours of field experience during the course of study and 1200 hours of externship, taken as a culminating experience after coursework is complete. The program’s mission is to prepare candidates for the challenges of urban schools. Program graduates are eligible for certification as school psychologists in New Jersey and New York and, as graduates of a “NASP Approved Program,” for national certification as school psychologists (NCSP).

    Candidates enter either directly from undergraduate programs in psychology or after completing an appropriate master’s degree. Candidates entering with a master’s degree transfer appropriate credit in consultation with the graduate office and the program coordinator at the time of matriculation into the program.

    Thus, the Professional Diploma is offered in two ways:

    1. for entering graduate students seeking an M.A. in educational psychology and school psychology certification, and
    2. for students entering with an appropriate master’s degree, seeking school psychology certification.

    Students with strong undergraduate records in psychology are encouraged to apply directly to the M.A. in Educational Psychology/Professional Diploma program. Students with an appropriate master’s degree and strong record of accomplishment in graduate course work (grade point average of 3.5 on a 4-point scale) are encouraged to apply to the Professional Diploma program. Up to 30 credits of transfer credit may be awarded upon review by the program coordinator and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.


    MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY, AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY CERTIFICATION

    PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION 

    1. Completion of the general graduate studies admission requirements
    2. A minimum of nine undergraduate credits in psychology.
    3. Students are admitted for entry into the program for Spring and Fall semesters of each year. All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education by November 1 or April 1 to be considered for admission for the Spring or Fall semesters, respectively.
    4. A letter of intent (500 to 1,000 words) describing the candidate’s interest in the field of school psychology, sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education with the student’s application, is required.
    5. The Graduate Record Examination (Verbal and Quantitative sections) is required; an MAT score is not an option for applicants to this program.
    6. An individual interview with the Coordinator of the School Psychology Program should be arranged prior to November 1 or April 1.
    7. Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s potential for graduate study are required.

    ADMISSION PROCEDURES  

    1. The completed application materials are reviewed by a committee of the graduate faculty two times per year during the months of November and April.
    2. Applicants receive notice of the graduate committee’s decision by December 15 and April 15.
    3. Successful candidates receive a contract of agreement detailing the conditions of their admission to the program. Return of these materials marks their formal entry into the program.

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS 

     

    Code Title
    Credits
    PSYC 601 Psychology of Learning and Cognition
    3
    PSYC 602 Psychology of Personality
    3
    PSYC 603 Developmental Psychology
    3
    PSYC 604 Tests and Measurements
    3
    PSYC 605 Introduction to Counseling
    3
      OR
     
    PSYC 609 Personality Maladjustments
    3
    PSYC 606 Research Methodology I
    3
    PSYC 608 Interviewing and Counseling
    3
    PSYC 616 Therapeutic Intervention Techniques II: Consultation
    3
    PSYC 626 Seminar: Ethics, Law and the Profession
    3
    PSYC 627 Role and Function of the School Psychologist
    3
    PSYC 631 Psychopharmacology
    3
    PSYC 675 Statistics
    3
    PSYC 704 Cognitive Assessment and Intervention
    3
    PSYC 2704 Assessment Laboratory
    2
    PSYC 705 Practicum in the Psychological Evaluation of the Special Needs Child
    3
    PSYC 706 Personality Assessment
    3
    PSYC 708 Seminar in School Psychology Externship I
    3
    PSYC 709 Seminar in School Psychology Externship II
    3
    PSYC 710 Clinical Externship I
    3
    PSYC 715 Consultation and Program Evaluation
    3

    Required courses in Education
    EDLD 601 School Law
    3
    EDLD 662 Principles of Curriculum Development
    3
    Required courses in Special Education
    SPEC 600 Introduction to Learning Disabilities
    3
    SPEC 630 Psychology of Mental Retardation
    3