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School Psychology

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Courses and Requirements

The School Psychology M.A./Ed.S. prepares students for practice providing comprehensive services in schools. Students are participating in field-based experiences from the first year. Over the three years of the program the balance of course preparation and field experiences shifts, so that students are in their field sites one day per week the first year, three days per week their second year, and five days per week their third year. During their first two years (including summer study) students complete the course-work needed to prepare them for their practicum and internship fieldwork. During these two years, course assignments and seminars draw upon field experiences and offer opportunities for integrating developing knowledge and skills.

Program Objectives

  • Address the needs of children, families, and schools with respect to issues of race, class, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • Use problem-solving practices leading to data-based decision making and evidence-based interventions at the individual, group, systems, and policy levels.
  • Demonstrate skills in the areas of assessment, collaborative problem-solving, prevention, mental health counseling, behavioral intervention, and consultation that are culturally informed.
  • Evaluate research evidence (from the professional literature and clinical practice) for intervention planning, program development, and evaluation, with an awareness of the social and political context of all research activity.
  • Engage in ethical, legal and responsible practice encompassing a moral and ethical commitment to addressing inequities in schools.
  • Integrate coursework, field experiences, research skill, and technology into a developing knowledge base that informs practical solutions to school-based problems.