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Post-Master’s Certification 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 specialist (certification) program or directly to the doctoral 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.

Special admission and program planning procedures have been developed so that employed school psychologists, certified through a fully accredited university training program, may be admitted to the doctoral program. In addition to the completed application forms, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a direct supervisor), and GRE scores, the student must present evidence of obtaining a passing grade on the School Psychology Praxis Exam. Upon admission, these students must undergo a transcript review and candidacy exam to evaluate their past training and current competencies. Based on the transcript review, the candidacy exam, and observation of their clinical skills in EDSP 949 (Practicum II), a plan of study is developed. Additional courses beyond those required in the doctoral course sequence may be needed to fill gaps in the student’s training or competence.

Candidates for the certification program for supervisor of pupil services who are not matriculating as doctoral students in school psychology may apply directly to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for this program. Students in the doctoral program in school psychology do not need to submit a separate application for this program.

Program Requirements

Course work include:

EDSP 811 Introduction to School Psychology
EDSP 812 Assessment for Intervention I
EDSP 813 Assessment for Intervention II
EDSP 818 Instructional Consultation
EDSP 942 Neuropsychology of Children’s Learning Disorders
EDSP 949 Practicum II
EDSP 952 Internship
EDSP 963 Assessment of Personality and Behavior Problems of Children
PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology
----- 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.

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25 and a grade of B or better in all department courses.

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