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School Psychology (MA/CAGS) Program


This program consists of two years of coursework and a full year of internship, for a total of 66 semester credits. Students earn a Master's Degree (MA) after completing 30 or more credits, and receive the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) after completing the full program. Applicants with a Master’s degree in school psychology or a closely related field (e.g., clinical psychology, counseling, special education) may qualify for advanced standing.

The curriculum is designed to incorporate the 11 competency domains prescribed by the National Association of School Psychologists. The usual sequence consists of the following courses and field experiences:

Year 1—Fall Semester
SCH FP501 - Practicum I: School Environment and Educational Assessment
SCH IA520 - Instructional Assessment and Intervention
SCH LS659 - Lifespan Development
SCH RS526 - Statistics
SCH SN512 - Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

Year 1—Spring Semester
SCH BC521 - Behavioral Assessment, Intervention & Consultation
SCH FP502 - Practicum II: Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention
SCH PA500 - Psychoeducational Assessment
SCH PY521 - Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
SCH RS555 - Research and Evaluation Methods

Year 2—Summer Session
SCH CC522 - Diversity and Cross Cultural Psychology
SCH PH501 - Preventive Mental Health in the Schools

Year 2—Fall Semester
SCH CX610 - Counseling and Psychotherapy in Schools
SCH FP601 - Practicum III: Clinical Practice
SCH PA600 - Social-Emotional Assessment
SCH PS630 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology

Year 2—Spring Semester
SCH BL622 - Biological Basis of Behavior and Learning
SCH CO650 - Consultation in Schools
SCH FP602 - Practicum IV: Clinical Practice
SCH GR611 - Group Process and Group Therapy

Year 3
SCH CS701 - Internship Seminar A
SCH CS702 - Internship Seminar B
SCH FP701 - Internship A
SCH FP702 - Internship B

Practicum activities provide opportunities to develop the skills taught in specific courses: Instructional Assessment and Intervention; Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs; Behavioral Assessment, Consultation, and Collaboration; Psychoeducational Assessment; Research and Evaluation Methods; Social-Emotional Assessment; Counseling and Psychotherapy in Schools; and Group Process and Group Therapy. For the fourth practicum, students select an area of specialization in which to develop advanced expertise.

Updated 3/30/15

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