Offering Master of Arts (M.A.) and Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) degrees
The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) at Fairfield University offers programs leading to the Master of Arts degree and the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. The programs are shaped by the belief that school psychologists are best prepared when they are:
- Instilled with a scientist/practitioner problem-solving orientation
- Encouraged to think reflectively
- Motivated to intervene at the primary prevention level
- Inspired to be proactive agents of change
The program is designed according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) curriculum guidelines and leads students to develop competencies in the areas of assessment, consultation, and direct intervention. The program also reflects the GSEAP's Conceptual Framework, which includes emphasis on:
- The scientist-practitioner tradition
- Reflective practice
- Primary prevention
- Developmental and systems theory
- Becoming agents of change
As a student enrolled in the program, you will evolve as a professional through classroom experiences and opportunities to apply your growing knowledge and skills in school and clinical agencies. To be endorsed for state certification, you must complete both the M.A. and C.A.S. degree requirements. Upon completing the M.A., you must formally submit an application for entry into the C.A.S. program. Those wishing to enter the program at the C.A.S. level must hold a related master's degree and must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Fairfield.
We invite you to learn more about the program and its admission requirements, courses, and faculty. Have more questions? Read our FAQs or contact us. We hope you'll find the program challenges you intellectually and enriches your life.