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M.A. in School Psychology

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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Psychology program at Rowan University provides a background in the theories, major knowledge and methodological procedures in psychology. We combine traditional classroom learning and extensive field experience to help you build knowledge and skills simultaneously. 

This program (or its equivalent) is required for admission into the Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) program. The M.A. and Ed.S. in School Psychology combine to meet the requirements for NJ Department of Education certification in School Psychology. Please note that the School Psychology program is divided into two programs, the Masters of Arts in School Psychology and the Educational Specialist Degree, and each have distinct admissions criteria. Admission to the M.A. program does not guarantee admission to the Ed. S. program.

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The Master's Program has a residency requirement of 15 semester hours of credit within a one-year time span at any point during the program. The student must register for a minimum of 15 semester hours within any three consecutive semesters, including the summer session.

  • 12 Courses / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
SPED 08555 Education and Psychology of Students with Disabilities 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Basis of Educational Disorders 3
COUN 26526 Individual Counseling Procedures 3
COUN 26509 Group Counseling In Educational Settings 3
PSY 09560 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 22507 Development and Learning 3
PSY 03624 Psychopathology of Children and Adolescents 3
PSY 01570 Research Methodology and Statistics in Counseling Psychology 3
PSY 22600 Seminar I in Applied Research: School Psychology 3
SPSY 22600 Applied Research Seminar I: School Psychology 3
PSY 22601 Seminar II in Applied Research: School Psychology 3
SPSY 22601 Applied Research Seminar II: School Psychology 3
PSY 05610 Social and Cultural Diversity 3
COUN 26525 Multicultural Counseling 3
PSY 06533 Tests and Measurements 3

*Choose one: PSY 22600 OR SCPY 22600
*Choose one: PSY 22601 OR SCPY 22601
*Choose one: PSY 05610 OR COUN 26525
*Choose one: PSY 22507 OR PSY 09560

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Certificate Program Acknowledgement
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives:

    • Describe how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant.
  • Two letters of recommendation (Academic References preferred)

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate courses
  • Interview (Students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
  • On-site writing sample (conducted during interview)
  • Eligible applicants are expected to have completed at least 12 credits of undergraduate-level Psychology courses at an accredited institution, including one course in Abnormal Psychology, one course in Child or Adolescent Psychology, and six semester hours of Psychology electives as approved by the Admissions Committee.
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M.A. in School Psychology

Career Outlook

As the student population grows, the need for psychological services in schools continues to expand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 14 percent employment growth for school psychologists between 2018 and 2028.

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