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Clinical Psychology

In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

M.A. in Psychology in Education


Our Master of Arts degree is formally titled “Psychology in Education” for historical reasons, but is today well-known as a premier MA program for students interested in the field of Clinical Psychology. The program provides foundational knowledge of psychopathology, treatment, theory, and research methods, with a range of courses in areas such as trauma, forensics, and mindfulness practice. It is ideally suited for applicants who are looking to strengthen their academic background prior to applying to doctoral programs such as the PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology, or other branches of Psychology. 

Please note: The program is not intended to prepare students for the independent practice of professional psychology and will not lead to licensure in New York State.

Why the MA Program?
The Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College is a world-renowned training ground for researchers and clinicians, particularly known for innovation in research, pedagogy and clinical practice. Students within the MA Program experience the demands of a graduate-level education in Clinical Psychology while also exploring the multiple avenues available in the ever-growing mental health field beyond. Our mission is to provide students with a platform to clarify their interests and then direct themselves toward their next professional goals. The field of applied psychology is vast. The MA Program exposes students to diverse perspectives and populations, and supports them with intensive academic advisement, so that they may discover the best fit for their unique abilities. Graduates of the MA Program leave prepared to confidently pursue higher education or gainful employment.

How does the MA Program work?
During their tenure, students are closely guided by MA Program Advisors, which include current Ph.D. students from the Clinical Psychology department. Advisors help to clarify students' academic goals, to gauge progress, and to assist with their professional development. MA Program Ambassadors, which include current 2nd year MA Students, also assist with community-building and information-sharing so that student needs are heard and creatively addressed. Through the innovative MA Program curriculum, which includes a combination of didactic instruction and experiential learning, students develop the critical thinking skills needed to interpret scientific knowledge, review traditional and contemporary treatment models, engage in innovative research, and contribute to fieldwork sites throughout New York City. By the end, students are intimately familiar with the depth and breadth of the Clinical Psychology orientation as a result of their tailored educational experience.

What is the MA degree for?
A master's degree in psychology is a critical step toward the attainment of a doctoral degree. Our MA Program is intended to focus a students passion for clinical psychology in a direction that will help to realize their goal of attaining a doctoral degree. Our 11 concentration areas are designed to provide students with intensive didactics, the Integrative Project allows students to pursue competence in a chosen topic area in earnest.

Where are MA students from?
The MA Program student body draws students from all over the world with the current class comprising students from over 30 countries and almost every state in the Union. Students are typically serious about pursuing doctoral degrees, and are excited by the opportunity to prove themselves in a rigorous learning environment.

The program has many dimensions, and is appropriate for students who have obtained undergraduate degrees in Psychology as well as for those with a limited exposure to the field. Some students use the program to enhance their current work (elementary education, international policy), while others use it to distill their interests within psychology (global mental health, addictions). Yet others use it as a crucial step toward a doctoral education. The MA Program celebrates that our students are not of one voice. This diversity of perspectives is considered necessary to solve the very real-world problems they will encounter upon graduation. Each student has a unique contribution to make.

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When is the MA Admissions Application due?

April 15th (see Office of Admissions)


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