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The Master of Education degree in the Educational Psychology Program (33 to 36 credits, depending upon choice of thesis or non-thesis option) has been designed to give the interested student a broad theoretical and practical background in the areas of education and psychology. The program will be of interest to those planning to pursue certification in school psychology after the master’s degree, those wishing to broaden their understanding of human development and learning, or those wishing to learn more about educational evaluation and research.

The school psychology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is a multiple-entry-level graduate program culminating with a specialist certificate as a school psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or a Doctor of Education in School Psychology. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree may enter the program as a master’s degree candidate and, upon completion of the master’s level coursework, may apply for acceptance into the post-master’s school psychology certification program. Students showing exceptional potential may be invited to apply directly to the doctoral program, once they have completed their master’s degree. These students will also receive a certification as a school psychologist as they progress toward the doctorate.

Individuals who already possess a master’s degree from an accredited institution may apply directly into the post-master’s portion of the program, but may be required to make up certain master’s degree courses. Completion of the entire doctoral program involves 105–108 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, with 66–69 credits being required for the specialist certificate.

A student who is already certified as a school psychologist through another fully accredited institution may apply directly to the doctoral program. The sequence of courses required of these students is determined by a review of their past training and their performance on both a content and practicum competency evaluation. The core program for the doctoral sequence is 36–39 credits beyond specialist certification.

Admission into the program at all levels is based upon evidence of previous scholarship and/or potential for academic success, personal and professional qualities deemed necessary to function as a school psychologist, and motivation for professional excellence and leadership in the field.

Both the specialist-level and doctoral programs are fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Programs of Study


  • Educational and School Psychology Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 246
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2316
  • Fax: 724-357-6946
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.