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Specialist Degree in School Psychology (MA/CAS)
»School Psychology (MA/CAS)
 
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 63 semester hours of work. This includes 57 hours of course work including a required thesis and a full-time, 1200 hour internship in the third year (6 semester hours). The program holds approval by the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, 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 multifaceted skills from both psychology and education for the purpose of promoting healthy academic, cognitive, social and emotional development and is expected to have appreciation for human diversity and respect for each person with whom the psychologist will come into contact.
  • The school psychologist is concerned with enhancing teacher effectiveness, creating a positive classroom environment for children, and influencing educational practices within the school setting. 
  • The school psychologist also recognizes the tremendous influence of the social and cultural environments on children, including the impact of gender, ethnicity and exceptionality.

Completion of the MA, CAS program qualifies the student for 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 certification via NASP's National School Psychology Certification System. Graduates also meet the requirements of licensure and certification in many other states. Admission is for full-time graduate study, beginning in the fall semester only. The program is full-time with classes offered on-campus during the day. There is no distance education option for this program.

For more information about School Psychology as a career you may click here.


»Employment of Recent 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.

•Wilson Co Schools, NC
•Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, NC
•Carrboro-Chapel Hill Schools, NC
•Pender Co Schools, NC
•New Hanover Co Schools, NC
•Pitt Co Schools, NC
•Edgecombe Co Schools, NC
•Lenior Co Schools, NC
•Onslow Co Schools, NC
•Guilford Co Schools, NC
•Wake Co Schools, NC
•Hampton Co Schools, VA
•Wayne Co Schools, NC
•Johnston Co Schools, NC
•Craven Co Schools, NC
•Rowan Salisbury Co Schools, NC
•Albemarle Co, VA
•Panama City Schools, FL
•Cleveland Co Schools, NC
•Alamance-Burlington Co Schools
•Monroe Co Schools Marathon, FL 
•Edwardsville School District, IL
•North Central Ohio Educational Service Center
•Morris Hills Regional District, NJ
•Chichester School District, PA

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

»ECU Tuition Costs

The cost of tuition for graduate school at ECU is extremely competitive. For the 2013-2014 academic year, in-state tuition was $4,223.00 and out-of-state tuition was $16,540.00. We believe that this, in combination with our extremely high rate of successful quality employment for our graduates, makes ECU an excellent choice. 

 

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