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Psychology in Education

Department of - Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Contact Information

(212) 678-7461
(212) 678-8235
Dr. Aurélie Athan

Program Description

The Master of Arts degree in Psychology in Education is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of psychopathology, treatment theories, and research methods.

The program is appropriate both for students who have obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology and for those with a more limited background in the field. Students will have the opportunity to develop the critical thinking skills needed to interpret scientific knowledge, to review traditional and contemporary treatment models, to engage in innovative research, and to seek out fieldwork opportunities throughout New York City.

Students can choose one of two available tracks, both within the Psychology in Education program: Personality and Psychopathology (MA-PSYA) or General (MA-PSYG). The PSYA track is a structured curriculum that consists of pre-selected blocks of coursework to ensure a strong background in the fundamentals of applied psychology. The PSYG track consists of the same course offerings but allows students to independently tailor their own curriculum. Within the PSYG major is the option to take the majority of classes in various areas of interest, including Research Methods; Child and Family; Spirituality Mind Body; Community Psychology and Mental Health Services; Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Perspectives; Global Mental Health and Trauma; and Sexuality, Women, and Gender. Both tracks prepare graduates to become familiar with the multiple avenues available to them in applied psychology and will be prepared to confidently pursue higher education or employment in mental health settings.

During their tenure, students are closely guided by the Masters Program advisors. Advisors help to clarify students’ academic goals, to gauge progress, and to assist with their professional development.  

Graduates of this academic M.A. program are not trained for the independent practice of psychotherapy or psychological assessment. However, with a Master of Arts degree, graduates may find employment in research centers, social service agencies, non-profits, community colleges, and hospitals. Completion of the M.A. degree does not guarantee admission to a doctoral program, here or elsewhere, but outstanding students are likely to be more attractive candidates. 

Degree Summary

Two Tracks:

General Psychology (PSYG)

  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)

 Students may take the majority of their courses in the following areas of interest:

  • Research Methods
  • Child and Family
  • Spirituality Mind Body,
  • Spirituality Mind Body, Summer Intensive (summer required, distance learning in between)
  • Spirituality Mind Body, Summer Intensive (year round in person required)
  • Community Psychology and Mental Health Services
  • Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Perspectives
  • Global Mental Health and Trauma
  • Sexuality, Women and Gender

Personality and Psychopathology (PSYA)

  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Psychology in Education Degree (36 points)

The programs for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Psychology in Education require 36 points of coursework and a Special Project. The General Track requires 18 points of coursework from any of the classes offered within the Clinical Psychology program  (CCPX). The Personality and Psychopathology Track is built around a 24-point core of courses in Clinical Psychology (CCPX). Degree requirements may be completed on a full-time basis in a calendar year (two semesters plus one or two summer sessions at the end), one year and one semester, or the equivalent in part-time study. Many students prefer to remain in the M.A. program for more than one academic year. Students may take up to five years to finish the program.  For students taking the majority of their courses in Spirituality Mind Body they may choose to enter during either the fall semester or summer semester.  If they enter during the summer session there are two routes; one is to stay year round (summer, fall, spring, and summer), and the other is to come for summer, taking distance-learning outside of the summer sessions (summer, fall, spring, summer, and fall).  More information can be found on the following website:  http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccp/clinical/sbmi/.

In addition to the courses taken within the  Program in Clinical Psychology, M.A. students in both program tracks must satisfy the College breadth requirement. This consists of completing three Teachers College classes (2-3 credits each) outside of the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department (CCPX or CCPJ). The remaining points may be taken as electives within the department, within TC, or within the Columbia University campus at large.

Transfer credits from courses taken outside of Teachers College are not accepted toward any M.A. program at Teachers College.

The degree is 36 credits in total made of 18 or 24 credits within the CCPX department, plus the breadth requirement of three (2-3 credit) courses outside of CCPX/CPPJ but within TC. Any remaining elective credits can be satisfied using graduate courses from anywhere in TC or Columbia University (including the Health Sciences campus).

All students matriculating in the M.A. Program are given a copy of the Student Handbook for the specific academic year in which they matriculate. The Handbook outlines these requirements in detail.

The Curriculum:

General Psychology Track (36 points total and Special Project)

Required Clinical Courses (18 points):

  • Students take 18 points of any master’s-level (typically 4000- and 5000 level) courses in the Clinical Psychology (CCPX) program plus the three-course breadth requirement.
  • Students are required to complete a Special Project.
  • Certain classes may be restricted to doctoral students only. Please refer to the course schedule to determine which courses are open to M.A. students.

Personality and Psychopathology Track (36 points total and Special Project)

A. Required Clinical Courses (24 points):

I. Foundations (12 points)

  • CCPX 4000              Introduction to applied psychology (3)
  • CCPX 5032              Adult personality & psychopathology (3)
  • CCPX 5034              Child psychopathology (3)
  • CCPX 5533              Research methods in clinical psychology (3)

II. Applications & Populations (6 points)

  • CCPX 4037              Introduction to cognitive behavior therapy (3)
  • CCPX 4038              Comparative psychotherapies (3)
  • CCPX 4040              Introduction to psychological testing and assessment (3)          
  • CCPX 5045              Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality (3)
  • CCPX 4542              Introduction to contemporary psychoanalytic thought (3)
  • CCPX 5033              The evolution of Freud’s psychological theories (3)
  • CCPX 4032              Assessment and treatment of alcohol and chemical dependency (3)
  • CCPX 4060              The psychology of loss and trauma (3)
  • CCPX 4125              Women and mental health (3)
  • CCPX 4150              Introduction to forensic psychology (3)

III. Specializations & Innovations (6 Credits)

  • CCPX 4010              Social problems for clinical psychologists (3)
  • CCPX 4036              Psychology of human intimacy (3)
  • CCPX 4039              Critical perspectives on non-traditional psychotherapies (3)
  • CCPX 4120              Psychotherapy through fiction and film (3)
  • CCPX 4126              The mother-child matrix: Developmental and clinical implications (3)
  • CCPX 4230              Fieldwork in applied psychology (3)
  • CCPX 4030              Psychology of adjustment (3)
  • CCPX 5020              Emotion, culture, and health (3)
  • CCPX 5532              Clinical issues: Families  from diverse backgrounds (3)
  • CCPX 5040              Development and psychopathology: Atypical contexts and populations (3)
  • CCPX 5546              Research perspectives on critical social problems (3)

Breadth Requirement for PSYA and PSYG tracks (6 points minimum)

Regardless of track, 6 points of out-of-department courses (not CCPX and CCPJ) are required. This is a TC-wide policy and cannot be waived. The suggested course listing outside of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology is not comprehensive. Please see TC catalog for full list of courses outside the department.

1. Research Methods

  • HUD 4120               Methods of empirical research (3)
  • ORLJ 4009              Understanding behavioral research (3)

2. Statistics

  • HUDM 4122            Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122            Applied regression analysis (3)

3. Suggested courses

  • HBSK 4073           Childhood disorders (3)
  • HBSK 4085           Behavioral management in the classroom (3)
  • HBSK 5031           Family as a context for child development (3)
  • HBSS 4110           Health promotion for children and adolescents (3)
  • HBSS 4112           Social policy and prevention (3)
  • HBSS 4113           Human sexuality education (3)
  • HBSS  4117          HIV/AIDS epidemiology and education (3)
  • HBSS  4121          Death education (3)
  • HBSS  4122          Women’s health (3)
  • HUDK 4015           Psychology of thinking (3)
  • HUDK 4021           Developmental psychology: Infancy (3)
  • HUDK 4022           Developmental psychology: Childhood (3)
  • HUDK 4023           Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3)
  • HUDK 4024           Developmental psychology: Adulthood/Lifespan (3)
  • HUDK 4029           Human cognition and learning (3)
  • HUDK 4080           Educational psychology (3)

*The Program Coordinator or the M.A. Program Assistants are available for consultation about course selection and about the Special Project.

*Please note: Clinical required and elective ‘topics’ courses (CCPX 4199) change each year. Information about these courses can be found in the M.A. Handbook, but not in the Teachers College Catalog.

 


Application Information

At least one of the two required letters should be an academic reference. The GRE is recommended but not required.

Applications are considered for Fall admission only, with the exception of the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Intensive (as part of the MA-PSYG program). All admissions materials must be received by the early or final deadlines as advertised by the College. For information on application deadlines, see the Admissions section of this catalog.

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Instructor
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pyschology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Director
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

CCPX 4000 Introduction to applied psychology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to multidisciplinary approaches to mental health including clinical psychology, school psychology, and pediatric psychology.
CCPX 4010 Social problems for clinical psychologists
Psychological perspectives on social problems such as eating disorders, domestic violence, AIDS and HIV infection, and mental health in late life.
CCPX 4030 Psychology of adjustment
Healthy and pathological adjustment throughout the lifespan: stress, defense mechanisms, and coping.
CCPX 4032 Assessment and treatment of alcohol and chemical dependency
Overview of the clinical principles governing assessment and treatment of addictive disorders; stages of addiction; issues of comorbidity; resistances to treatment.
CCPX 4035 Personality and behavior change

Seminar covering the major theories of personality; mechanisms of behavioral change.This  course  will  provide  an  introduction  to  the  classic  psychological  theories  of  personality  by considering the contributions of some of the great creative thinkers in this field including Freud, Jung, Horney, Maslow, Rogers, Erikson, Allport, Cattell, and Skinner. 

CCPX 4036 Psychology of human sexuality

This course teaches issues related to human sexuality, emphasizing the psychological perspective, while including biological, social, and cultural factors. We will address how to apply information about human sexuality to education, counseling, and therapy. Some topics include sexual development from childhood to adulthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual health, reproduction, sexual behaviors and lifestyles, sexual dysfunction, sexual victimization, and more.

CCPX 4037 Introduction to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
Overview of the essential principles and techniques of CBT for mood and anxiety disorders.
CCPX 4038 Comparative psychotherapies
Survey and analysis of representative psychotherapies in current practice: psychoanalytic, neo-Freudian, Gestalt, Jungian, client-centered, existential, behavior therapy, and others.
CCPX 4039 Critical perspectives on nontraditional psychotherapies
Overview and evaluation of nontraditional treatment approaches including existential, Jungian, spiritually-oriented, holistic, and transpersonal psychotherapies, Ericksonian hypnosis, and Eastern-oriented models.
CCPX 4060 The psychology of loss and trauma
Focus on how humans cope with significant losses and trauma: historical developments, recent empirical advances, cross-cultural variations, and clinical and social implications.
CCPX 4120 Psychotherapy through fiction and film
Psychotherapy, the therapist, and psychopathology as reflected in current fiction and film.
CCPX 4125 Women and mental health

Examination of a range of theories of women's psychological development, interpersonal experience and social roles, as well as the intersection of women's biology and health with psychological status.

CCPX 4126 The mother-child matrix: Developmental and clinical implications
The mother-child relationship: Implications for development and influence on clinical theory and practice, focus on theories of parenting, ruptures in the relationship and therapy with mothers and children.
CCPX 4150 Introduction to forensic psychology
The practice and application of forensic psychology to medical-legal problems and nomenclature in diagnosis, evaluation, assessment, treatment, and testimony regarding criminal behavior, psychopathology, and civil, family, and criminal law.
CCPX 4230 Fieldwork in applied psychology
Supervised practice in field placements for M.A. students in applied or general psychology.
CCPX 4542 Introduction to contemporary psychoanalytic thought
Examination of current psycho-dynamic ideas, including object relations theory, self-psychology, theories of narcissism, borderline pathology, and the nature of the therapeutic relationship.
CCPX 4900 Research and independent study
Permission required.
CCPX 5020 Cognition, Emotion, and Culture

This course covers the impact of overwhelming emotions on human health and self-regulatory responses. The role of culture in these responses is explored, as well as historical context and theoretical perspectives.

CCPX 5030 Ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology
Limited to doctoral students in clinical psychology. Orientation to program and field; ethical and professional issues.
CCPX 5032 Adult psychopathology
Major clinical disorders of adulthood viewed from clinical and research perspectives; current issues in diagnosis and treatment.
CCPX 5033 The evolution of Freud's psychological theories
Intensive examination of selected psychological works of Sigmund Freud from 1892 to 1940, focusing on theoretical innovations, modifications, and elaborations.
CCPX 5034 Child psychopathology

Major clinical syndromes of childhood and adolescence viewed within the context of normal development. Consideration of various theoretical, diagnostic, etiological, and therapeutic viewpoints.

CCPX 5036 Clinical work with diverse populations
Permission required. An experiential seminar for practicum students in Clinical and Counseling Psychology who are working with clients different from themselves.
CCPX 5037 Dynamic psychotherapies
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission (prerequisite: CCPX 4542). Theories of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with emphasis on original sources: Freud, Winnicott, Kohut, ego psychology, and object relations theory.
CCPX 5038 Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology, others by permission. Introduction to theory and technique underlying treatment within the following modalities: Cognitive, Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Short-Term Psychodynamic. The course will explore the application of these various treatment approaches to a range of disorders including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and schizophrenia.
CCPX 5039 Empirical bases of psychotherapy
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission. (Prerequisite: CCPX 4038). Analysis of research efforts concerned with investigating the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Emphasis on client, therapist, and system variables that contribute to the probability of therapeutic success.
CCPX 5040 Development and psychopathology: Atypical contexts and populations
Using contemporary research as the basis, the focus is on the interface between classical developmental psychology theories and patterns of development identified in atypical contexts (e.g., poverty) and among atypical populations (e.g., resilient youth). Implications for interventions and policy are also discussed.
CCPX 5045 Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality
This course will focus on the role of religion and spirituality in psychotherapy. Research, theory and case material will be used to clarify healing dimensions of religion and spirituality. Discussion will focus on a re-examination of models of psyche and goals of treatment.
CCPX 5102 Research and clinical applications of DSM-IV
Diagnostic, clinical, and research applications of the DSM-IV; ethical, cultural, and gender issues in the diagnostic process.
CCPX 5110 Research apprenticeship
Permission required. Involvement as a research extern in community agencies or as a research assistant to departmental faculty.
CCPX 5230 Fieldwork in clinical psychology
Limited to doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. Supervised practice in field placements.
CCPX 5330 Principles and techniques of clinical assessment
Limited to doctoral candidates in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Theory and practice of psychological testing; focus on cognitive assessment.
CCPX 5333 Practicum in Clinical Supervision and Consultation

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5334 Practicum: Clinical work with children and adolescents
Limited to doctoral candidates in Clinical, Counseling, and School psychology. Psychological assessment of children and adolescents, including interviewing techniques, observational methods, and psychodiagnostic testing.
CCPX 5531 Psychotherapy with children
Open to doctoral students in psychology; others by permission. Introduction to contemporary models of child psychotherapy. Emphasis will be upon a comparison of the theoretical foundations and techniques across paradigms.
CCPX 5532 Clinical issues: Children from Diverse Backgrounds
Focus on current research on risk and resiliency factors developed from within epidemiological, social, and intra-psychic perspectives. Research findings are considered within the context of theories of development.
CCPX 5533 Research methods in clinical psychology

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5534 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5535 Research practicum in clinical psychology
Permission required. Supervised research in clinical psychology.
CCPX 5539 Clinical assessment: The interview
Doctoral students in Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology, speech and hearing, learning disabilities, special education, and pre-doctoral students providing intake services at the Dean Hope Center. Introductory didactic and practice seminar in clinical interviewing.
CCPX 5544 Cross-cultural issues in psychopathology, resilience and coping
Examination of pathology and resilience in the context of cultural patterns of coping with developmental lifetasks and reactions to stress.
CCPX 5546 Research perspectives on critical social problems

Open to master's and doctoral students. Exploration of research based upon the interface of social and clinical psychology and development projects. Topics include eating disorders across the lifespan, altruism and mental health, coping with the aftermath of genocide, terror, personal growth in the wake of trauma, and effects of disability on the individual and family.

CCPX 5610 Clinical psychology colloquium

Clinical faculty and guest speakers. Permission required.

CCPX 5630 Case conference
Permission required. Corequisite: CCPX 5333, CCPX 6335, CCPX 6336, CCPJ 5360, CCPJ 6360, or CCPJ 6364. For practicum students in the Dean Hope Center. All trainees must attend at least five conferences each term.
CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology
Survey of the history of psychology from the ancient Greeks to the present. Discussion of theoretical systems including Associationism, Structuralism, Behaviorism, Psychoanalysis, and Existentialism.
CCPX 6332 Practicum in clinical supervision
Permission required. Seminar and supervised practice in the teaching and supervision of clinical assessment and intake.
CCPX 6333 Practicum in clinical supervision
Permission required. Seminar and supervised practice in the teaching and supervision of clinical assessment and intake.
CCPX 6335 Practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. For second-year doctoral students in clinical psychology, two semesters, 3-4 points each semester. Supervised practice in psychotherapy as staff members of the Dean Hope Center.
CCPX 6336 Advanced practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. Prerequisite: CCPX 6335. For third-year doctoral students in Clinical Psychology.
CCPX 6338 Fourth-year practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. Prerequisite: CCPX 6336. For fourth-year students in clinical psychology, two semesters, (1 point each semester).
CCPX 6430 Internship in clinical psychology
For advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology. Experience under supervision in approved mental health agency. One year full-time or part-time equivalent.
CCPX 6530 Experiential and short-term dynamic psycho-therapy
Permission required. For doctoral students in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Focus on theoretical and technical aspects of short-term therapy; key concepts illustrated by clinical material presented by instructor and students.
CCPX 6531 Psychological assessment and clinical practice
Permission required. Prerequisites: CCPX 5330, CCPX 5333. Emphasis on the interpretation of projective tests, and on the integration and reporting of multiple sources of assessment data.
CCPX 6900 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.
CCPX 7500 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.
CCPX 8900 Dissertation advisement
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate of each term.