Certificate of Recognition in School Psychology

  • The Certification in School Psychology (33 credits) is designed to provide the student with specific clinical skills necessary to function as a school psychologist.

    Courses focus on the multiple roles of the school psychologist, including counseling, assessment, intervention, consultation, biological bases of behavior, exceptionalities, law/ethics, and the use of psychological skills in multicultural educational settings.

    Admissions Criteria

    Students who are progressing successfully through the master’s program may apply for the certificate of recognition program or directly to the doctoral program in school psychology. Applicants who have earned a master’s degree in a closely related field of study may also apply and be considered for admission into the certificate of recognition in school psychology program. Students who are accepted as doctoral students may enroll in selected doctoral-required courses as they progress through the certification program. It is expected that the majority of the doctoral requirements will be completed in the two summers following the specialist-level internship to maintain program continuity. A student who has a lapse in program enrollment without faculty approval may be required to reapply to the program.

    Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25 while enrolled in the program. Continuous enrollment is also required for the certificate of recognition unless waived by the Coordinator of the Certification Program and the School Psychology Committee.

    Program Requirements

    Course work include:

    EDSP 717 Applied Educational Research Methods
    EDSP 747 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education
    EDSP 812 Assessment for Intervention I
    EDSP 814 Advanced Assessment for Low Incidence Disabilities
    EDSP 818 Instructional Consultation
    EDSP 949 Practicum II (6 credit hours)
    EDSP 963 Assessment of Personality & Behavior Problems of Children
    EDSP 952 Internship * (6 credit hours)
    ----- Approved Elective**

    * The certification program includes an internship (EDSP 952) that encompasses a minimum of 1,200 hours, at least half of which occur in a school setting.

    ** All electives must be approved by the student’s departmental advisor and may be chosen to enhance the student’s interest in school psychology, human development and learning, or educational evaluation and research.