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Post-Master’s Certificate in School Psychology: Curriculum

The post-master's certificate in school psychology will prepare you with the clinical skills necessary to become a school psychologist. Courses focus on psychological assessment, consultation, counseling, behavioral interventions and research/evaluation. Practica experiences (approximately 300-350 hours) and an intensive internship experience (minimum 1,200 hours) are integral components of the program.

Get a description of each of Cal U's school psychology courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the post-master's certificate.  

Post-Master's Certificate in School Psychology: 67 Credits

Master of Science Courses (36 credits)

Area I – Psychological and Educational Foundations

Course NameCredits
PSY 702* Psychopathology of Childhood 3
PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development3
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
PSY 741 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy3
PSY 720 Neuropsychology3

Area II – Psychological Methods and Techniques
Course NameCredits
PSY 721 Advanced Tests and Measurements3
PSY 795* Seminar in Behavior Modification3

Area III – School Programs and Organization
Course NameCredits
PSY 752 Fundamentals of School Psychology3
PSY 710* Principles of Instruction and Intervention3

Area IV – Research
Course NameCredits
PSY 761 Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology I: Univariate3
PSY 762 Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology II: Multivariate3
PSY 796 Seminar in Analysis of Research in School Psych (non-thesis option) OR3
PSY 849 Thesis Option (see student manual)3

Specialist Certification Courses (33 credits)

Area II – Psychological Methods and Techniques

Course NameCredits

PSY 722 Individual Psychological Evaluation I

3

PSY 723 Individual Psychological Evaluation II

3

PSY 724 Practicum in School Psychology

3

PSY 734 Assessment of Personality and Behavior I

3

PSY 742 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Practicum

3

PSY 756 Consultation and Group Processes

3

EDU 650* Supporting English Language Learners                                     3

Area V – Professional School Psychology
Course NameCredits

PSY 773/774 Internship in School Psychology

9

PSY 798 Seminar in Professional School Psychology

3

For the educational specialist certification in school psychology in Pennsylvania, candidates must attain the qualifying scores in these exams:

PAPA Examination

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

Praxis II in School Psychology

*These courses meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Chapter 49 requirements of 9 credits addressing accommodations and adaptations for diverse learners in inclusive settings (PSY 702, PSY 710 and PSY 795) and 3 credits of meeting the needs of English language learners (EDU 650).