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More About the D.Ed. in School Psychology Program

The School Psychology program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been developed for the initial preparation and continued training of school psychologists who work with school and family-related problems of children. School psychology is seen as a specialty within the profession of psychology and focuses on the psycho-educational abilities and development of children in the context of their individual cultural, educational, and familial experiences.

The school psychologist’s role includes the prevention, assessment, and remediation of child and adolescent learning and behavior problems through direct and indirect services. Thorough knowledge of child and family development, typical and exceptional behavior, cultural influences on behavior, sound educational practice, and a wide range of diagnostic, remedial, and consultative skills are seen as essential for carrying out this role.

In this practitioner-oriented program, training is provided in the context of a continuously changing research base and the evolving role and expectations for school psychologists both nationally and within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Both the specialist and doctoral programs are approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

This program helps a school psychologist achieve/demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • Data-based decision-making, accountability, and information technology
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills
  • Socialization and development of life skills
  • Student diversity in development and learning
  • School and systems organization, policy development, and school climate
  • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health
  • Research and program evaluation
  • School psychology practice and development

The overall program structure allows for the training of post-baccalaureate students entering the field of school psychology, professional educators wishing to change their roles within the schools, and practicing certified school psychologists who want to update and expand their skills at the doctoral level. For the latter students, careful review and documentation of past training, work experiences, and current competencies are used to identify training needs and the specific program requirements essential to produce a high degree of professionalism in school psychology.

  • Educational and School Psychology Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 246
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2316
  • Fax: 724-357-6946
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.