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EDSP: Educational and School Psychology

Department of Educational and School Psychology

College of Education and Educational Technology

EDSP 523/* Educational Programming for Gifted Learners 3 cr.

To familiarize educators with various service delivery options in K-12 gifted education programs and to assist them in determining which options are best for which types of gifted learners. Participants will explore methods for interpreting educational assessments, modifying classroom instruction, and assessing effectiveness of interventions for high-ability students.

EDSP 577 Assessment of Student Learning 3 cr.

Acquaints students with major methods and techniques of evaluation used to assess and report growth, development, and academic achievement of learners in elementary and secondary schools, including interpretation of standardized test information.

EDSP 581 Special Topics 3 cr.

EDSP 590 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

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EDSP 591 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. May be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.

EDSP 624 Social, Emotional, and Cultural Factors in the Education of Gifted Learners 3 cr.

Designed to familiarize educators with the social and emotional characteristics of gifted learners and their families and to increase awareness of current and past attitudes toward high-ability learners in American cultures. The goal is to improve educational programs for gifted learners through an increased awareness of cultural, social, emotional, and familial factors related to positive learning outcomes for this population.

EDSP 681 Special Topics in Educational Psychology 3 cr.

Designed for those students who wish to do independent research in special areas. Prerequisite: Departmental chairperson permission.

EDSP 699 Independent Study 3 cr.

EDSP 704/804 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.

An upward extension of educational psychology with a systematic review of current research and learning theory with emphasis on classroom applications, including studies of the organization, administration, and operation of schools.

EDSP 717/817 Applied Educational Research Methods 3 cr.

Develops skills needed to engage in applied educational research using standard experimental research and evaluation designs, typical measurement approaches, and parametric statistical procedures. A practical problem presentation mode enhances an integrated holistic approach to design, sampling, measurement, statistics, hypothesis testing, and interpretation of results. A microcomputer statistical package is used to assist in the analysis of data.

EDSP 745/845 Crisis Intervention and Psychological Counseling of Exceptional Children 3 cr.

Provides educational psychology students with theoretical background and entry-level skills for counseling children (K-12) who have special needs and assists their families with adjustment and coping skills. In addition to basic counseling techniques, students are exposed to best practices in counseling multicultural populations and those with disabilities and in crisis intervention. Emphasis is on short-term, goal-oriented interventions. The role of the psychologist in the development and practice of the school crisis intervention team is also addressed, as well as cooperative functioning with other service professionals in the schools.

EDSP 746/846 Learning and Instruction 3 cr.

Provides an in-depth examination of developmental, cognitive, and interactionist learning theories as they apply to classroom instruction. Emphasis is on direct application of theory to the improvement of classroom instruction and the relationship of learning and motivation.

EDSP 747/847 Advanced Psychology of Adolescent Education 3 cr.

Presents an in-depth discussion of developmental issues that impact adolescents in instructional environments. In particular, physical, societal, and educational influences as they affect high-risk behaviors in this age group are examined. Students are expected to research and present successful intervention programs for adolescents.

EDSP 748/848 Advanced Studies in Behavioral Problems 3 cr.

Explores behavior problems encountered in classroom situations and gives cause, characteristics, and some preventative and remedial techniques, including those appropriate for managing students with learning and behavioral exceptionalities.

EDSP 755/855 Practicum I 3 cr.

Provides school psychology students with an opportunity to complete a series of structured observations and interviews in school and community settings pertinent to their understanding of the organization of these settings and the functioning of the variety of professionals working in these settings. Acquaints students with diverse types of children and refines their understanding of critical issues confronting education. Prerequisite: For approved school psychology candidates or permission of instructor.

EDSP 781/981 Special Topics 3 cr.

EDSP 795 Thesis 3 cr.

EDSP 804 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 cr.

An upward extension of educational psychology with a systematic review of current research and learning theory with emphasis on classroom applications, including studies of the organization, administration, and operation of schools.

EDSP 811 Introduction to School Psychology 3 cr.

The professional responsibilities of the school psychologist are explored in relation to ethical and legal aspects, state and federal litigation and legislation, dynamics and organization of regular and special education, issues in multicultural and exceptional child education, and provision of assessment, placement, and intervention services in the public schools. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

EDSP 812 Assessment for Intervention I 3 cr.

Provides school psychology students with the knowledge and skills needed to administer, score, and interpret selected individually administered tests of intelligence and achievement. Trains students to conduct curriculum-based measurement procedures, to communicate assessment results, and to use assessment results for intervention planning. Prerequisite: For approved school psychology candidates or permission of instructor.

EDSP 813 Assessment for Intervention II 3 cr.

Provides the student with skills necessary to administer and interpret informal, developmental, perceptual-motor, adaptive, achievement, and other allied measures used in a psychoeducational assessment. Moreover, students should become aware of issues associated with individualizing assessment based upon variables such as ethnicity, SES, gender, medical conditions, and linguistic and cultural differences. Prerequisite: For approved school psychology candidates or permission of instructor.

EDSP 817 Applied Educational Research Methods 3 cr.

Develops skills needed to engage in applied educational research using standard experimental research and evaluation designs, typical measurement approaches, and parametric statistical procedures. A practical problem presentation mode enhances an integrated holistic approach to design, sampling, measurement, statistics, hypothesis testing, and interpretation of results. A microcomputer statistical package is used to assist in the analysis of data.

EDSP 818 Instructional Consultation 3 cr.

Reviews the basic principles of the consultative process as applied to working with teachers and school-based problem-solving teams to help students with academic problems. Students will be expected to demonstrate skill in consultative interviewing regarding academic problems, problem identification, data gathering relevant to both curriculum and the classroom environment, and intervention design, execution, and evaluation in pre-kindergarten through high school settings. Prerequisites: For approved school psychology candidates; must have taken or take concurrently with EDSP 812 and EDSP 813; permission of instructor.

EDSP 915 Doctoral Seminar in Applied Educational Research 3 cr.

Develops skills needed to engage in applied educational research using clinical and practical research/evaluation designs, measurement approaches, and nonparametric statistical procedures. A practical problem presentation mode enhances a consolidation of design, sampling, measurement, nonparametric statistics, hypothesis testing, and interpretation of results. Microcomputer statistical package use assists in the analysis of data. Prerequisite: EDSP 717/817.

EDSP 916 Doctoral Seminar in Advanced Educational Research 3 cr.

Provides an overview of complex educational research and evaluation designs, measurement approaches, statistical procedures, hypothesis testing, and interpretation of results. Topics include the philosophy and ethics of research, mixed hierarchical design, profile analysis, factorial validity estimation, factor analysis, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant function analysis, path analysis, meta-analysis, power, robustness, and randomization tests. Statistical packages will be used to assist data manipulation and analysis. Prerequisite: EDSP 915.

EDSP 942 Neuropsychology of Children’s Learning Disorders 3 cr.

This course will examine the neuropsychological underpinnings associated with children’s learning and behavior. The efficacy of various assessment approaches will be explored in diagnosing areas of strengths and weaknesses and the development of appropriate remedial interventions.
Prerequisite: EDSP 952 (specialist Internship) or permission of Program Director.

EDSP 949 Practicum II 3 cr.

Involves a series of opportunities for students to practice clinical and supervisory skills in a highly structured university clinic setting. Based on their level of training and experience, students are required to demonstrate distinct skills related to (1) organization and dynamics of the educational process; (2) assessment for intervention; (3) direct and indirect intervention methods; and (4) supervision of the clinical practice of other school psychologists. Certification and Track A doctoral students will enroll twice for 6 semester hours, while experienced Track B doctoral students have a 3-semester-hour requirement. Prerequisite: For approved school psychologist certification and doctoral degree candidates only.

EDSP 952 Internship 3 cr.

Involves a series of supervised field experiences in public school, clinic, and hospital settings. Students apply their understanding and skills in the general practices of school psychology or in the area of specialization developed in their doctoral course sequence. The school internship, required of all certification and doctoral students, is a ten-month placement, at least half of which must be in a public school setting. An additional 300 clock hours are required for doctoral degree candidates in a setting appropriate for their area of specialization. Prerequisites: For approved school psychology candidates; completion of most course work, practica, and comprehensive examinations; permission of instructor.

EDSP 953 Child Neuropsychology 3 cr.

Examines brain-behavior relationships and neurodevelopmental functioning in children. Discusses the neuropsychological principles necessary to assess the educational, cognitive, and behavioral functioning of children in relation to the development of remedial programs. Prerequisite: EDSP 812 or permission of the instructor.

EDSP 963 Assessment of Personality and Behavior Problems of Children 3 cr.

An introduction to various personality and behavior assessment techniques currently used. Prerequisite: For approved school psychologist candidates or permission of the instructor.

EDSP 964 Seminar in School Psychology I 3 cr.

An examination of practices, trends, and issues in a specialized area of diagnosis. Areas to be examined are based on the predetermined interests of the students and the expertise of the available faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

EDSP 965 Seminar in School Psychology II 3 cr.

An examination of practices, trends, and issues in a specialized area of treatment or remediation. The areas to be examined correspond to those covered in EDSP 764. The focus of the seminar is to develop the student’s understanding and skills in implementing appropriate treatment and remedial strategies in home, school, and clinic settings. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

EDSP 966 Psychopharmacology of Children's Learning and Behavior Disorders 3 cr.

This course will explore the effects that medications have on children's learning and behavior. The principles involved in psychopharmacology will be explored in order to understand the mechanisms of drug action. Issues associated with drug efficacy, compliance, side effects, and drug abuse will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: EDSP 952 (specialist internship) or permission of Program Director.

EDSP 975 Supervision of Pupil Services 3 cr.

Provides participants with knowledge and skills related to the supervision and evaluation of pupil services workers in the public schools (i.e., school psychologists, counselors, nurses, home-school visitors). Topics include supervisory skills, evaluation formats, and functions of the pupil services director, including needs assessment, program evaluation, data management, and hiring of new staff. Legal and ethical issues related to pupil service functions are addressed.

EDSP 977 Seminar in Family-School Relations 3 cr.

Focuses on selected aspects of a wide range of issues related to the contemporary American family as they affect the behavior of children and their functioning within the public schools. Parent consultation and training strategies are emphasized. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

EDSP 978 Family Services for School-Related Problems of Children with Special Needs 3 cr.

A supervised experience in brief family interventions for school-related problems. Students provide direct services in a clinic setting to families of children in special education and those in general education with specific problems related to learning. Prerequisites: EDSP 977 and PSYC 834.

EDSP 995 Dissertation 9 cr.

*Indicates dual-listed class

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