School Psychologist (Certification) at Montclair State University

School Psychologist (Certification)

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School Psychology (Certification)

School Psychology remains a field with career opportunities at the masters’ and doctoral level. This program will adhere to both the standards set forth by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Division 16 School Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Students will follow the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) curriculum for certification in school psychology. This certificate program is conducted in collaboration with Montclair State’s nationally recognized School of Education who will provide the educational foundations and curriculum courses mandated by the NJDOE.

Along with the School Psychology certificate, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child/Adolescent Clinical PsychologyClinical Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Forensic Psychology, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Individuals without a master’s degree who wish to enroll in the certification program must also be enrolled in the MA Program in Clinical Psychology (child/adolescent concentration). Individuals with a prior master’s degree in a related field may apply to the certification program only.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Individuals without a master’s degree who wish to enroll in the certification program must also be enrolled in the MA Program in Clinical Psychology (child/adolescent concentration). Individuals with a prior master’s degree in a related field may apply to the certification program only.

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. In addition, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements: 12 undergraduate credits in psychology, including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in experimental psychology, and approval by the department committee. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the international applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Priority deadline of March 15th for Fall 2022
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the School Psychology (Certification) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
    • Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two.
  • Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language)IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.

This program requires the completion of 65 semester hours. Each program option will have an individualized course of study designed by the program director and faculty mentoring each student through the course of study. More specifically, both the post doctoral and post master’s students will have an individualized analysis of their graduate transcripts and a course of study that meets the state certification requirements tailored to their individual needs. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the School Psychology (Certification) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Click to find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Coordinator: Julia Coyne
Office: Center for Clinical Services 1420
Telephone: 973‑655‑3527