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School of Education - George Mason University

Do you enjoy helping others, solving problems, and being part of a team? Have you always wanted to work with children? Become a school psychologist, the #1 job in Social Services ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

In this continually-growing field, school psychologists work directly with children to understand and ameliorate their academic, behavioral, and mental health difficulties. They consult with teachers to improve learning and behavior for the whole class and with individual children. They help administrators make schools safe, healthy, and conducive to learning and positive behavior. They also assist parents in understanding children’s development, learning, and behavioral and emotional needs. Become a school psychologist and make a positive impact on children, families, and schools!

The GMU School Psychology program is located in vibrant northern Virginia, an area rich in diversity, opportunity, and some of the most well-known and best schools in the country. Our faculty and staff have strong relationships with our local schools, and many of our GMU alumni have elected to remain in the metropolitan DC area. A number of our alumni have risen to positions of leadership in the schools and enjoy partnering with the faculty to train the next generation of professionals as supervisors, guest lecturers, and adjunct faculty. At the same time, our graduates are qualified to be Nationally Certified School Psychologists and have obtained jobs in states ranging from New York, to Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California, to name a few.

About School Psychology at George Mason

The George Mason University School Psychology Program was founded in 1978 and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) for Specialist Level training in 1992. The program consists of a 66 semester hour, three-year program of graduate study that awards a Masters degree in Psychology with a Concentration in School Psychology, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in School Psychology. The curriculum is designed to meet standards set by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program also meets the requirements for state licensure as a school psychologist in Virginia, and the program has been approved for the training of school psychologists by the Virginia State Board of Education. While program graduates typically are employed as school psychologists in public schools and related human service settings, students seeking licensure for independent practice as a school psychologist must meet the educational, residency, and examination requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Psychology.

Given our setting, the program is committed to training culturally competent, mindful, and sensitive practitioners who will work with children and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. Students learn to view children in the context of family, school, and community. Instructionally, the program is committed to a model that combines a sound understanding of psychological theory and research with outstanding, applied practicum and internship experiences. The curriculum imparts foundational knowledge in psychology and education, as well as the necessary tenets of professional school psychology. The principle of data-oriented problem solving, an essential component of our profession, exists in all of our coursework. Our graduate students learn empirically supported strategies for direct as well as indirect prevention and intervention.

Finally, students are trained in statistics and research methodology. Students have the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into practice via supervised experiences in educational and clinical settings. In addition to knowledge and skills, students develop the dispositional qualities that enhance their success as psychologists. Ultimately, the program prepares students to become accomplished, practicing psychologists in the schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students sit for the national licensing exam in school psychology and are eligible for National Certification in School Psychology.