School Psychology



Professional Diploma in School Psychology with Certification


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:      February 5
Spring:  No admission


The Professional Diploma in School Psychology is a comprehensive training program designed to prepare candidates as professional school psychologists to work in schools and other child service settings in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The program requires both foundation and core courses to develop candidates’ knowledge, skills, and values that will enable them to optimize the learning and mental health of a diverse range of students ages 3-21. In addition, the program is built around a set of structured practical experiences and an externship designed to promote advanced competencies in assessment, intervention, prevention and other core do­mains of school psychology.

The Professional Diploma in School Psychology follows the training and practice standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), which is the primary professional development organization for school psychologists. The School Psychology pro­gram has accreditation with conditions from the National Association of School Psychologists. The program is a 66- credit professional training program, which will lead to certification as a school psychologist. Students will take a qualifying exam after they complete the first year of the program, and upon passing the exam, will be awarded the MA in Educational Psychology. Students will then complete the “Professional Courses” and a 1200 hour externship to earn their professional diploma in school psychology. Upon completion of the 1200 hour externship, candidates are eligible for certification as a school psychologist in the State of New Jersey.


In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores
  • Personal Statement 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Departmental Interview
  • Professional Resume/CVP
  • Personal Interview may be required
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports

Prerequisite courses:

  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Test and Measurements
  • Experimental Psychology
Program Mission and SLOs



Program Coordinator

Dr. Adrienne Garro

East Campus, Room 125

Updated 9/26/16