School Psychology Program Information

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James Madison University

Updated: 01/10/2023

MSC 7401
70 Alumnae Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Program Director: Tammy Gilligan


Program Website:

* Special emphasis on training culturally humble and culturally responsive practitioners who exhibit effective advocacy and leadership skills.

Programs Offered and Program Approvals
  • Specialist level, NASP Approved/Accredited (full), NCATE/CAEP Recognized
    Approved by the State Department of Education
    Graduation Credit Hours: 78
    Not Accessible to Working Professionals
Financial Support


Do students in your program have access to an assistantship/traineeship?Yes
Total number of students receiving an assistantship/traineeship17
Minimum hours per semester320.0
Minimum stipend/salary per week$265
Minimum tuition waiver (%)75%

Hourly Work

Do students in your program have access to hourly work?No


Number of interns who received stipends10
Median Stipend / Pay per year$20000

Additional Information

The program is in Year 2 of a 4 year HRSA grant that provides practicum students serving in rural, underserved school divisions an additional stipend of $10,000.
Student Enrollment Data

2022 / 2023

Total Enrollment (including interns)27
# of First Year Students7
# of Male Students3
# of Minority Students*13
# of interns during the academic year10
# of accepted students for 2022 / 20237
# of applicants for 2022 / 202356
* Note: Minority students are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Tiffany Hornsbyhornsbtc@jmu.edu100 %
Debi 100 %
Tammy 100 %
Note: Minority faculty are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Unfilled faculty positions from the previous academic year?No
Anticipate opening a search for a new faculty member in the upcoming academic year?No

01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022

# of Students Taking Praxis7
Percent Qualifying for the NCSP
(Score of 147)
Minimum Score159
Maximum Score185
Median Score174
Mean Score171
* Refers to the % of individuals that have, at one point, passed the exam based on a score of 165 (prior to September 2014) or 147 (September 2014 and on), regardless of number of attempts.
** All data were produced using the ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis SeriesTM tests. Some data may be incomplete given that not all examinees identify their origin program.
*** Aggregated Praxis statistics (median score, minimum/maximum scores, percentage passing) are available only for programs that have had at least five students designating their program/institution as a score recipient within the reporting period.


Formal Option for Respecialization?
Evaluation through standard Admissions?
Internship Settings

2022 / 2023

Total Number of Interns10
Total completing internship entirely in school settings10
1. The 2010 NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists defines a school setting as “…one in which the primary goal is the education of students of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, disabilities, and needs. Generally, a school setting includes students who are enrolled in Grades pre-K–12 and has both general education and special education services. The school setting has available an internal or external pupil services unit that includes at least one state-credentialed school psychologist and provides a full range of school psychology services.”
Multicultural Settings
Program offers a bilingual specialization (i.e. students graduate beign eligible for a bilingual school psychologist certification or designation).No
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to multicultural responsiveness.
  • A specific required course on multicultural responsiveness
  • Inclusion across all required courses (excluding statistics)
  • Extracurricular Events (e.g., Town Halls, Institute Days)
  • Research Opportunities (e.g., Faculty-led PAR, CBPR)
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to social justice that align with the NASP definition and extends beyond cultural awareness into action.
  • A specific required course on social justice
  • Inclusion across some (not all) required courses
  • Extracurricular Events (e.g., Town Halls, Institute Days)
Student Outcome Data

2021 / 2022

# of students completing program (including internship)11
Mean # of years to complete the program3
Median # of years to complete the program3
# of students who transferred to a School Psych Doctoral Program0
# of students that left the program prior to graduation1
# of graduates employed by schools11
# employed in settings other than schools0
# employed in a faculty position0
# entering other fields0
# continuing formal education0
# not employed or continuing education0