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School Psychology

Courses & Requirements

The School Psychology program is designed to prepare 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.

Course Requirements: Year One: 13 Courses

Fall Semester (5.5 courses)

  • ED 142 Education of the Exceptional Child
  • ED 230 Foundations of Learning, Cognition, and Academic Intervention
  • ED 237 Common Factors in Counseling: Initial Interviewing and Basic Clinical Skills
  • ED 241 Foundations and Contemporary Practices in Psychoeducational Assessment
  • ED 255 Professional Practice, Ethics, and the Law in School Psychology
  • ED 221 First Year Seminar in School Psychology Practice (half course)

Spring Semester (5.5 courses)

  • ED 140 Behavior Management in the Classroom
  • ED 236 School-Based Mental Health
  • ED 243 Assessment of Cognitive Abilities
  • One course in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from among:
    • ED 161 Anthropology and Sociology of Schooling
    • ED 162 Critical Histories of U.S. Education
    • ED 167 Critical Race Theory Seminar: Issues in Urban Education
    • CSHD 164 Cultural Diversity in Child/Family Services
    • CSHD 177 Bilingual Children in U.S. Schools
  • ED 253 Biological Bases of Behavior and Learning in Educational Settings
  • ED 221 First Year Seminar in School Psychology Practice (half course)

Summer I (2 courses)

  • ED 252 Group Dynamics in Educational Settings
  • ED 274 Methods of School Psychology Research

Summer II (2 courses as needed)

  • ED 249 Social Justice in Schools
  • Social and Cultural Foundations Course

The MA is awarded following completion of 13 courses and pre-practicum.

NOTE: Students entering with teaching experience, experience with children with disabilities, or an undergraduate major in special education or related field, may, with advisor permission, take one course from the approved list of courses in Exceptionalities in Learning in lieu of ED142.

Course Requirements: Year Two: 9 Courses

Fall Semester (4 courses)

  • ED 231 Practicum in School Psychology
  • ED 238 Advanced Approaches to Counseling: Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in School
  • ED 246 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment
  • ED 254 Developmental Psychopathology in Educational Settings
  • CSHD 191 Developmental Psychopathology and Adaptation

Spring Semester (3 courses)

  • ED 232 Practicum in School Psychology
  • ED 256 School-Based Consultation
  • ED 275 Seminar in Advanced School Psychology Research

Summer I (1 course)

  • ED 244 Assessment and Intervention for Learning Problems in the Classroom

Summer II (up to 2 courses as needed)

Course Requirements: Year Three: 2 Courses

Fall Semester (1 course)

  • ED 257 Internship in School Psychology

Spring Semester (1 course)

  • ED 258 Internship in School Psychology

The Ed.S. is awarded following completion of a minimum of 11 courses post masters, practicum and internship.

Registration: SIS | Summer School