School Psychologist, Educational Services Certification - Graduate

School Psychology remains a field with career opportunity at the masters’ and doctoral level. This program will adhere to both the standards set forth by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Division 16 School Psychology of the American Psychological Association.  Students will follow the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) curriculum for certification in school psychology.  This certificate program is conducted in collaboration with the Montclair State’s nationally recognized School of Education who will provide the educational foundations and curriculum courses mandated by the NJDOE.

Each program option will have an individualized course of study designed by the program director and faculty mentoring each student through the course of study.  More specifically, both the post doctoral and post master’s students will have an individualized analysis of their graduate transcripts and a course of study that meets the state certification requirements tailored to their individual needs.


All applicants must meet the admission requirements for graduate study at MSU. In addition, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements.

  • 12 undergraduate credits in psychology including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in experimental psychology.
  • Approval by the departmental committee.

Additional requirements for admission to the School Psychologist Certification program:

  • 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Approval by the departmental committee. 
  • Applicants without an advanced degree should also apply for either
    the MA in Psychology or MA in Clinical Psychology: Child and Adolescent Concentration.

Program Requirements

Educational Foundations
Select four of the following:12
Multicultural Counseling and Development
Professional Issues in Multicultural Psychology
Latina/o Psychology
Special Topics Seminar in Psychology
Practicum in School Psychology
Education of Students with Disabilities
Select two of the following:6
Literacy Foundations
Understanding Reading Comprehension
Critical Thinking and Literacy
Education in the Inner City
The Study of Teaching and Curriculum
Instructional Planning for Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Teaching Methods for Inclusive Education
Special Education for Students with Disabilities
Assessment, Intervention and Research
PSYC 574Cognitive Assessment3
PSYC 575Personality Assessment3
PSYC 578Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PSYC 594Therapeutic Interventions in the Schools3
PSYC 601Behavioral Assessment3
PSYC 668Consultation Methods in Psychoeducational Settings3
Human Behavioral Development
PSYC 561Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 565Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3
PSYC 667Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 573Behavioral Neuroscience3
or SPED 595 Medical and Physical Bases of Disabilities
Additional Required Courses
PSYC 510Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 550Quantitative and Statistical Methods3
PSYC 679Family Systems and Childhood Disorders: A Multicultural Approach3
Practicum Hours
PSYC 577Practicum in Assessment I1
PSYC 579Practicum in Assessment II1
Externship Experience
Select one of the following:6
School Psychology Externship (complete two times)
School Psychology Externship
and Externship in Clinical Psychology
Total Credits65