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Our M.S.Ed. in Child Psychology graduate program will prepare you to pursue a rewarding career as an educational advocate for children. This 30-credit program includes curriculum to enhance paraprofessional mental health services provided to children in community and school settings. While our Child Psychology master's degree does not lead to the professional practice of school psychology, other options to advance your career are available to you through this program.

Students in the Child Psychology program who hold certain certificates through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) can meet Autism Endorsement criteria through the selection of electives.

Students of our Child Psychology program can also meet the Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License criteria and can take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Verified Course Sequence.

As a Behavioral Specialist, you will:

  • Develop and implement functional behavior intervention plans for identified students
  • Establish intervention plans for the purpose of providing safe and effective environments for individuals with challenging behaviors
  • Become an expert in coordinating child abuse and neglect cases while complying with mandated reporting requirements
  • Become a leader in the protocols of the Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for students with disabilities

Also, as a graduate of our 30-credit Master's of Science in Education in Child Psychology program, you have the option to apply for our School of Education's Psy.D. School Psychology and Ph.D. School Psychology programs.

The first 30 credits of our doctoral programs consist of the M.S.Ed. Child Psychology curriculum. Depending on eligibility, applicants who are accepted into one of these doctoral programs, who have completed the M.S.Ed. Child Psychology program at Duquesne, and who are within the Statute of Limitations, may be able to have the 30 credits from their M.S.Ed. Child Psychology program transferred to their doctoral degree.

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Student Perspective

"The rigorous curriculum challenges me to expand my thinking beyond the classroom and envision real-world settings in which I will be able to pursue my passion of helping children to flourish."

Sally Shriver, M.S.Ed. Child Psychology Student


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Our M.S.Ed. in Child Psychology program will prepare you to pursue a rewarding career as an educational advocate for children and can be a pathway to eligibility for Autism Endorsement, the Behavior Specialist Licensure, or application to doctoral studies in our School Psychology programs.



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Counselor Education and School Psychology



Required Credit Hours



Course Credits Semester Offered
GPSY 511  Psychology of Learning  3 Spring 
GPSY 512  Psychology Testing  3 Spring/Fall
GPSY 619 Child and Adolescent Development 3 Fall 
GREV 510  Statistics I * 3 Fall
GREV 500  Statistics in Behavioral Research* 3 Summer
GCNE 549 Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Counseling 3 Fall 
GPSY 694 Topics in Abnormal Child Behavior 3 Spring
GSPE 653  Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 3 Spring
GPSY 515 Classroom Discipline and Behavior Management  3 Summer
GPSY 662 Learning Disabilities  3 Summer
Elective 3 Dependent upon course choice

*Either GREV 510 or GREV 500 may be taken.



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