Post-Master’s Certificate in School Psychology: Course Sequence (Year 2)

  • Fall

    EDSP 745 – Counseling for School Psychologists

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

    EDSP 812 – Cognitive Assessment    

    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 863 – Assessment of Personality and Behavior

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

    EDSP 755 – Practicum I (2cr)

    This course is designed to provide 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 function of a variety of professionals working in these settings. These experiences acquaint students with diverse types of children and refine their understanding of critical issues confronting education. Prerequisite: For approved school psychology candidates or permission of instructor.

    Spring

    EDSP 760 – Group Counseling for School Psychologists

    This is an introductory course designed to provide school psychology students an overview of the basic dynamics, theoretical components, and developmental aspects of group counseling, to develop group counseling skills, and legal and ethical awareness in the group counseling process. The course combines the use of lectures, discussion, experiential exercises, readings, reflections, and videos to advance students’ knowledge and skills. Students will also explore group leadership and member roles through participation in role play in a small group setting.

    EDSP 814 – Advanced Assessment for Low Incidence Disabilities 

    Provides the school psychology student with the knowledge and skills needed to administer, score, and interpret selected individually-administered tests of cognitive, academic, adaptive, and developmental functioning in populations with low incidence disabilities (e.g., Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Speech or Language Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Visual Impairment, Physical Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury). Students will become familiar with multicultural issues related to the assessment and diagnosis of low incidence populations.   

    EDSP 818 – Instructional Consultation

    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 849 – Advanced Practicum in School Psychology and Supervision

    The student will engage in a closely supervised practicum experience with children and youth, their parents, and teachers completed at the IUP Child Study Center to be selected by the clinic director.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge base and clinical competencies through a team approach to the complete of comprehensive case studies of community referred children and youth with learning and/or behavior problems. Case planning, implementation, diagnostic staffing, and follow-up consultation with parents and teachers will be the primary focus of the practicum. 

    EDSP 755 – Practicum I (1cr)

    This course is designed to provide 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 function of a variety of professionals working in these settings. These experiences acquaint students with diverse types of children and refine their understanding of critical issues confronting education. Prerequisite: For approved school psychology candidates or permission of instructor.

    Summer

    EDSP 717 – Applied Educational Research Methods

    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 849 – Advanced Practicum in School Psychology and Supervision

    The student will engage in a closely supervised practicum experience with children and youth, their parents, and teachers completed at the IUP Child Study Center to be selected by the clinic director.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge base and clinical competencies through a team approach to the complete of comprehensive case studies of community referred children and youth with learning and/or behavior problems. Case planning, implementation, diagnostic staffing, and follow-up consultation with parents and teachers will be the primary focus of the practicum. 

    Internship (Year 3) (two semesters full-time)

    Fall

    EDSP 852 – Internship

    This course involves a series of supervised field experiences in public school settings. The student will have the opportunity to apply their understanding and skills in the general practices of school psychology.

    Spring

    EDSP 852 – Internship

    This course involves a series of supervised field experiences in public school settings. The student will have the opportunity to apply their understanding and skills in the general practices of school psychology.