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M.S. Ed. Child Psychology

This 30-hour training program includes coursework to enhance paraprofessional mental health services provided to children in community and school settings. Although this degree program is offered through the school psychology program, the M.S. Ed. in Child Psychology degree does not lead to the professional practice of school psychology. Graduates of this program will meet Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License criteria. If a graduate holds a practice certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the graduate can also meet Autism Endorsement criteria through the selection of electives. Admitted students may start the program in any semester.

Resources

If you are a current M.S. Ed. Child Psychology student, you may find resources and materials here.

Course Sequence

To find a full listing of required courses for the M.S. Ed. Child Psychology, click here.

Application Requirements

Individuals applying for the degree program must follow the application procedures and meet the admission criteria described in the most current School of Education Graduate Handbook. To request a hard copy application, please e-mail: schoolpsychology@duq.edu. The M.S. Ed. Program abides by the following application deadlines:

Fall Semester Admission: August 1 of each year
Spring Semester Admission: December 1 of each year
Summer Session Admission: May 1 of each year
Students may not be permitted to register for the subsequent course session if these application deadlines have not been met. Admitted students may start the Master's program in any semester.

 

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

Application for M.S. Ed. in Child Psychology Program (pdf)
Online Application for Graduate Admissions (link on left).  Online Application Instructions (pdf).
Official transcripts from the accredited college, university or seminary where the applicant obtained a bachelor's degree.
These materials are to be mailed to:

Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education
Attn: Audrey Czwalga
School Psychology Program
G3 Canevin Hall
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Once received, each application packet will be reviewed to confirm one of the following criterion is present:

An overall 3.0 minimum GPA, or
A minimum 3.0 GPA on the most recent 48 credits

Outcomes for Degree Completion

This program develops competency in paraprofessional mental health services provided to children in community and school settings. Although this program does not lead to the professional practice of school psychology, graduates will meet Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License criteria. If a graduate holds a certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the graduate can also meet Autism Endorsement criteria through the selection of electives.

Calendars/Schedules

Admission Application Deadlines

Fall Semester- August 1

Spring Semester- December 1

Summer Session- May 1

Application for Graduation

An application for graduation must be submitted to the M.S. Ed. Program office in G3 Canevin Hall early in the semester of anticipated graduation. Graduation deadlines may be found within the University Academic Calendar.

FAQ
Unique features of the M.S. Ed. in Child Psychology Program:

  • Evening classes allow students to work during the day.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty.
  • The opportunity to conduct research with faculty.
  • The experience of learning and living in a thriving urban environment.