School Psychology - MA Concentration & Graduate Certificate
School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections among home, school, and the community.
The School Psychology program encompasses two years of full-time study and one year of internship. Students proceed with their cohort through a carefully selected sequence of courses, which provide knowledge of diverse approaches to direct and indirect interventions (such as assessment, counseling, behavior management, academic interventions, and consultation). In addition to providing students with expertise in evaluation and intervention techniques for exceptional children, the GMU program also emphasizes methods to improve the educational outcomes for all school children including school-wide prevention methods, pre-referral intervention, and consultative and counseling roles. Given the diversity of children and families in northern Virginia, multicultural knowledge and sensitivity and is emphasized throughout the program.
Due to circumstances regarding limited testing availability due to COVID-19, the GRE is waived for fall 2021 admission for the School Psychology program.
Required Courses (44 credits)
- EDCD 603: Counseling Theories and Practice (3 credits)
- EDCD 606: Counseling Children and Adolescents OR EDCD 608: Group Processes and Analyses OR SPSY 692: Counseling in the Schools
- EDCD 525: Advanced Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
- EDRS 590: Education Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 620: Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 credits)
- SPSY 617: Child Psychopathology (3 credits)
- SPSY 709: Cognitive Assessment (4 credits)
- SPSY 750: Cognitive Assessment Practicum (3 credits)
Total Credits: 44
This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page at https://irr2.gmu.edu/gedt/School_Psychology/Gedt.html.
- SPSY 722: Advanced Child Assessment (4 credits)
- SPSY 753: Multiculturalism in Schools (3 credits)
- SPSY 790: School Psychology Internship (3 credits) (this course must be repeated for a total of 6 credits)
Note: Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits in residency to graduate.
Total Credits: 22
Internships and Licensure
In the third year of the program, students complete a 1200-hour internship in a school district. These positions are advertised by schools and in the metropolitan DC area, they are generally paid. Interns go through an interview process, and once hired, they are considered employees of the school. While many of our students elect to remain in the Maryland/Virginia schools, our students are eligible and prepared for internships across the country. Our students have sought and obtained internships nationally. Students receive supervision from their field-based intern supervisor as well as from university faculty. Upon successful completion of internship and graduation from the program, students take the national exam in school psychology. This leads to licensure by the State Board of Education as a school psychologist. Students are also eligible for National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), which is an additional certificate that is well respected in the field. Because the GMU program is a NASP approved program, the application process for the NCSP is streamlined.
Complete and detailed requirements for the Mason School Psychology Training Program internship appear in a separate document entitled The School Psychology Internship: A Handbook of Guidelines.
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.
George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a 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.