Doctoral Degree: School Psychology Concentration

The School Psychology concentration prepares students using an ecologically oriented, scientist-practitioner model.  Students are immersed in faculty supervised, pre-professional activities including course work, delivery of services in school settings, and research.  School Psychology students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to become leaders in schools and experts in addressing the individual needs of Pre-K through 12th grade youth.  Training is provided to help all School Psychology candidates become competent in responding to the wide range of issues that affect the academic success of today’s youth (e.g., cultural, contextual, educational, familial, behavioral, and emotional).

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Required Courses

Psychological & Educational Foundations of School Psychology (21 credits)

  1. Theories of Learning, Cognition, & Instruction (6 credits minimum)
    1. Historical Foundations & Contemporary Theories of Psychology and Education
    2. Learning & Cognition
    3. Cognitive Approaches to Learning & Instruction
  2. Foundations of Social & Cultural Diversity (6 credits minimum)
    1. Social Justice Issues in Education
    2. Advanced Social Psychology
    3. Learning Disabilities in Children & Youth
    4. Social Psychology in the Schools
  3. Individual Differences (3 credits)
    1. Developmental Psychopathology
  4. Human Development (3 credits)
    1. Advanced Child Development
  5. Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3 credits)
    1. Neuroanatomical Bases of Behavior
    2. Physiological Psychology
    3. Brain Development & Behavior
    4. Psychopharmacology
    5. Drugs & Behavior

Psychometrics, Assessment, & Research (27 credits)

  1. Measurement & Assessment (15 credits)
    1. Principles of Educational & Psychological Testing
    2. Assessment in School Psychology I: Cognitive Assessment
    3. Assessment in School Psychology II: Educational Assessment
    4. Assessment in School Psychology III: Social & Behavioral Assessment
    5. Practicum in Assessment
  2. Research Design & Methods (12 credits)
    1. Time Series & Single Subject Designs
    2. Quasi-Experimental & Group Designs
    3. Program Evaluation
    4. Introduction to Statistics and Computers II

Methods of School-Based Intervention (15 credits)

  1. Intervention Methods (12 credits)
    1. Applied Behavior Analysis
    2. Language & Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    3. Intervention for Achievement & Behavior Problems
    4. Prevention of Achievement & Behavior Problems
  2. Consultation (3 credits)
    1. Consultation in School Psychology

Professional School Psychology (18 credits)

  1. Professional School Psychology
    1. Principles & Practices of School Psychology
    2. Policy & Legal Perspectives in Special Education
    3. Special Education Organization & Management
    4. Practicum in Professional Supervision & Teaching

Application of Research Skills (18 credits)

  1. Dissertation

Practicum & Internship in School Psychology (12 to 18 credits)

 

M.Ed./Ed.S. in School Psychology

 

Psychological & Educational Foundations of School Psychology (15 credits)

  1. Theories of Learning, Cognition, & Instruction (3 credits minimum)
    1. Historical Foundations & Contemporary Theories of Psychology and Education
  2. Foundations of Social & Cultural Diversity (3 credits minimum)
    1. Social Justice Issues in Education
  3. Individual Differences (3 credits)
    1. Developmental Psychopathology
  4. Human Development (3 credits)
    1. Advanced Child Development
  5. Biological Bases of Human Behavior (3 credits)
    1. Neuroanatomical Bases of Behavior
    2. Physiological Psychology
    3. Brain Development & Behavior
    4. Psychopharmacology
    5. Drugs & Behavior

Psychometrics, Assessment, & Research (21 credits)

  1. Measurement & Assessment (15 credits)
    1. Principles of Educational & Psychological Testing
    2. Assessment in School Psychology I: Cognitive Assessment
    3. Assessment in School Psychology II: Educational Assessment
    4. Assessment in School Psychology III: Social & Behavioral Assessment
    5. Practicum in Assessment
  2. Applied Research & Evaluation (6 credits)
    1. Time Series & Single Subject Designs
    2. Program Evaluation

Methods of School-Based Intervention (15 credits)

  1. Intervention Methods (12 credits)
    1. Applied Behavior Analysis
    2. Language & Literacy Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    3. Intervention for Achievement & Behavior Problems
    4. Prevention of Achievement & Behavior Problems
  2. Consultation (3 credits)
    1. Consultation in School Psychology

Professional School Psychology (3 credits)

  1. Professional School Psychology
    1. Principles & Practices of School Psychology

Practicum & Internship in School Psychology (12 to 18 credits)

Contact Information

For more information about the School Psychology program, please contact:

Concentration Coordinator: John M. Hintze (Professor)

Associated Faculty

John M. Hintze (Professor), Sara Fefer (Assistant Professor), Amanda M. Marcotte (Assistant Professor), William J. Matthews (Emeritus Professor), Sara Whitcomb (Assistant Professor)