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This certificate program is open to those who have earned Mason's MA in psychology with the school psychology concentration.

The certificate is not a stand-alone option that you can add to another degree or seek on its own. It does not provide all the requirements needed to practice school psychology in Virginia or other states. Only students who meet both the master's requirements and earn the certificate are eligible to apply for Virginia licensure in school psychology.

If you have additional questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Careers in the Field

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

The majority of the graduates of the program are employed as school psychologists in public school districts across the United States. Our graduates also work in private and charter schools, universities, independent practice, and in educational research. More information about School Psychology as a career can be found at National Association of School Psychologists Careers.

Licensure Disclosure

George Mason University will verify completion of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.