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Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

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Master's Degree with a
Certificate of Advanced Study (MA/CAS)
in School Psychology
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About the MA/CAS School Psychology Program

The Department of Psychology at East Carolina University offers the Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. The program is a three-year program requiring full-time attendance. Students are admitted with the understanding that they will pursue both degrees simultaneously. The school psychology program requires a minimum of 69 semester hours of work. This includes 57 hours of course work including a required research requirement and a full-time, 1200 hour internship in the third year (12 semester hours). The program holds approval by the National Association of School Psychologists and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The goal of the East Carolina University MA, CAS School Psychology program is to prepare highly qualified, entry-level school psychologists to work with children, families, and other professionals in public schools. The school psychologist: 

  • draws on skills from both psychology and education to promote healthy academic, cognitive, social and emotional development and has appreciation for human diversity and respect for each person with whom he/she comes into contact.
  • is concerned with enhancing teacher effectiveness, creating positive classroom environments for children, and influencing research-supported educational practices within schools.
  • recognizes the tremendous influence of social and cultural environments on children, including the impact of gender, ethnicity and exceptionality.

Completion of the MA, CAS program qualifies the student for educational licensure as a School Psychologist in North Carolina, meets the educational qualifications to seek North Carolina Board of Psychology licensure as a Psychological Associate, and meets the educational qualifications for NASP's National School Psychology Certification System. Graduates also meet the requirements of licensure/certification in many other states. Admission is for full-time graduate study, beginning in the fall semester only. There is no distance education option for this program. For more information about School Psychology as a career you may click here.

ECU Tuition Costs

The cost of tuition for graduate school at ECU is extremely competitive. For the 2016-2017 academic year, in-state tuition and fees are $7,237.00 and out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,128.00. We believe that this, in combination with our extremely high rate of successful quality employment for our graduates, makes ECU an excellent choice.

Program Director

Christy M. Walcott, PhD, NCSP
Associate Professor
Program Director, MA/CAS School Psychology
Program Director, Pediatric School Psychology Programs

NC Licensed Psychologist, HSP-P

Department of Psychology
Mail Stop 565
East Carolina Univeristy
Greenville, NC 27858
PH: 252-328-1378
FAX: 252-328-6283
walcottc@ecu.edu

Employment of our Graduates

We are very proud of the employability of our program graduates. The majority of our program graduates work in public school settings, and nationally there is a shortage of school psychologists to serve student and system needs. In fact, US News and World Report ranks School Psychologist jobs among their top careers (click here for more information). Below is a list of some of the school systems where our recent graduates are currently employed.

  • Alamance-Burlington Co Schools, NC
  • Durham Co Public Schools, NC
  • Guilford Co Schools, NC
  • Johnston Co Schools, NC
  • Lenior Co Schools, NC
  • Lexington City Schools, NC
  • New Hanover Co Schools, NC
  • Onslow Co Schools, NC
  • Orange Co Schools, NC
  • Pitt Co Schools, NC
  • Rockingham Co Schools, NC
  • Wayne Co Schools, NC
  • Edwardsville School District, IL
  • Monroe Co Schools Marathon, FL
  • North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, OH
  • Chichester School District, PA
  • KIPP Colorado Schools, Denver, CO
  • Hampton Co Schools, VA
  • Albemarle Co, VA
  • Panama City Schools, FL
  • Caesar Rodney School District, DE
  • Kodiak Island Borough School District, AK

Please contact our program director you have have any questions regarding our program and the employment of our graduates.

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Learn More About School Psychology

Watch Drew Taylor (2nd year MA/CAS student) and Will Johnston (Pitt County School Psychologist) on a local radio program, Henry Hinton's Talk of of the Town, discussing School Psychology Awareness Week. (Scroll to minute 32 of the video.)

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Life at ECU and in Greenville

East Carolina University is just over one hour east of Raleigh and one short hour to the beach. Click here and here for some more information about living in Greenville, North Carolina.