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Degree Progression

The three following degrees are offered as options for both terminal degrees and advancement along the trajectory of the school psychology field. The progression along this trajectory is:

Master of Science in School Psychology

The Master of Science (MS) in School Psychology program at PCOM, which is taught by world-renowned faculty who are leaders in the field, provides a strong foundation in school psychology, with an applied behavior analysis emphasis.  The MS program is designed to develop professionals who possess the personal characteristics and academic competencies necessary to provide mental health, behavioral and educational services to children, adolescents and families.

The master of science degree is geared toward working professionals. The MS degree can be completed in 14 months and requires 33 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. While the program is full-time, it is conveniently structured for full-time professionals, with all classes meeting in the evening hours and occasionally on weekends.

Students follow an established sequence of required courses, which includes fieldwork through an approved practicum. Upon completion of the MS degree, students have fulfilled the required coursework to continue progress towards school psychology certification via the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree and/or have the required coursework to continue to accrue supervised experience towards Behavior Analysis Certification (BCBA). Students who would like to continue working toward becoming a certified school psychologist can apply to the Educational Specialist in School Psychology Program.

Learn more about the Master of Science program.      

Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology

PCOM's NASP-approved Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology (EdS) is an innovative, applied professional psychology program designed for students with a master's degree in school psychology or a related field (e.g., education, counseling, social work, etc.) who are seeking certification in the field of school psychology. In combination with the MS program, the EdS program prepares candidates for a career in School Psychology.   The EdS program offers a progressive curriculum designed to prepare practitioners in various aspects of school psychology including assessment, consultation, academic and behavioral intervention, counseling, and crisis intervention and prevention.  The program trains students from a cognitive-behavioral framework to conceptualize issues and to develop a coordinated system of service that promotes and integrates wellness and learning for all children.   Completion of this certification fulfills the requirements for certification as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and other states and for eligibility to apply to the National Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) credential. For more information on the credential, visit www.nasponline.org.

Doctor of Psychology

PCOM's NASP-approved and Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)-designated doctoral program in School Psychology is a state-of-the-art professional school psychology curriculum that is designed especially for working professionals.  It builds upon the advanced training and experience of the certified school psychologist in multiple ways, including skills in cognitive behavioral therapy and interventions, advanced assessment, health promotion, program development and evaluation services and research.

There is a special focus on the multi-cultural context of schools, families and other systems. Graduates will be prepared to service children in schools, hospitals or other mental health settings and to demonstrate leadership as a professional.

Learn more about the Doctor of Psychology program.


Last Updated: 3/5/15