Courses for Ph.D. School Psychology

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In order to achieve the competencies, goals, and objectives above, the faculty is committed to a learning environment which stresses an integrated, well- organized, and specific curriculum with clear expectations. Each faculty member has a strong commitment to formal and informal student- faculty interactions that further mentor the student's educational progress, professional development and identification with the field. The climate of the Program is one that fosters healthy scholarly debate and discourse, critical questioning of current issues and trends in the field and respect for diversity in theory and practice, thus creating a stimulating and enriching educational environment. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of competent practitioners who are also skilled at the consumption and integration of scientific knowledge, theory, and practice.

Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of training, students are involved in a systematic sequence of didactic courses, applied courses, field experiences, and research requirements. The sequential plan of study is designed to prepare students for the professional practice of school psychology by developing foundational knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions and behavior required for independent practice and the ability to conduct original research to address unanswered questions within the scientific literature. A brief, narrative overview of the Ph.D. course of study follows.

During the first year of the program, students are enrolled in several foundation courses designed to provide knowledge in the areas of child development, learning theories, psychological measurement, scientific methods and data analysis, and professional issues and development. Students also engage in coursework, fieldwork and practica dealing with individual differences, design and implementation of interventions, and intellectual, behavior, and academic assessment. Ph.D. students are enrolled in Directed Research, a course designed to familiarize students with the research process, promote active engagement in research projects through faculty-student collaboration, and provide research mentoring prior to completing a dissertation.

Upon completing the first 30 credits in the Ph.D. program, students will be awarded a Master's of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree in Child Psychology. It is the student's responsibility to obtain, complete, and submit the degree application form to obtain the M.S.Ed. in Child Psychology.

The second year of the program builds on the student's knowledge base in psychology and education by providing coursework in consultation, psychotherapy, personality assessment, psychopathology, and neuropsychology. In addition, students are involved in practicum throughout the second year of study. Students begin to research dissertation topics in the second year and many students start forming his or her dissertation committee. The research skills of students continue to be developed through the Directed Research sequence.

The third and fourth years of the program focus upon the cognitive, social, biological and developmental aspects of psychology, the professional practice of school psychology, the professional responsibilities of university teaching, and research methodology and analysis. During the third year, students begin to articulate his or her dissertation work through course seminars and establish a formal dissertation committee. Students begin advanced doctoral practicum which also challenges students to recognize how clinical practice can inform scholarly pursuits. In addition to applied practice settings, Ph.D. students may seek a research-oriented practicum experience.

The dissertation seminar sequence prepares a student to propose a dissertation as early as the summer of the third year. Students are strongly encouraged to defend the doctoral dissertation during the fourth year of study. An elective based on student career goals is allowed in either the third or fourth year.

The fifth year of the student's program involves the culminating experience of a supervised internship in school psychology. Typically, internship is completed on a full-time basis, although a two-year half-time internship is permissible.

 

Year 1 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 505 Role and Function of School Psychologists 3
GPSY 512 Psychological Testing 3
GPSY 619 Child and Adolescent Development 3
GPSY 692 Individual Testing 3
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
Year 1 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 623 Behavioral Interventions                               3
GPSY 625 Academic Interventions 3
GREV 610 Educational Statistics II 3
GPSY 511 Psychology of Learning 3
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
Year 1 - Summer
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 850 History and Systems of Psychology              3
GCNE 572 Child and Adolescent Counseling 3
Year 2 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 680 Consultation and Program Evaluation 3
GPSY 618 Personality Assessment for Intervention 3
GPSY 691 Psychotherapy with Child and Adolescents 3
GPSY 691L Psychotherapy and Consultation Practicum  1
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
Year 2 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 695 Child Neuropsychology 3
GPSY 690 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology         3
GREV 701 Research Methods & Design 3
GPSY 693L Integrated Practicum 1
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
Year 2 - Summer
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 815 Ethics in School Psychology                          3
Year 3 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 705 Single Subject Methods for School Psychologists 3
GPSY 614 Organizational Consultation and Supervision for School Psychologists 3
GREV 611 Statistics III 3
GPSY 813 Professional Seminar: Dissertation Research 1
GPSY 812L Advanced Doctoral Practicum I 1
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
Year 3 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 811 Biological Basis of Behavior 3
GREV 612* Statistics IV Statistical Modeling (offered every other year)                   3
GPSY 813 Professional Seminar: Dissertation Research 1
GPSY 812L Advanced Doctoral Practicum II 1
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
* GREV 612 only offered every other spring. If not offered may be taken in spring year 4. Another research elective, approved by the student's advisor, may be taken in place of GREV 612. Not taking GREV 612 (or equivalent) will reduce semester credit load by 3 credits.
Year 4 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GESL 501 Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes 3
GSPE 706 Scholarship and Teaching at the University          3
GPSY 808* Elective Option - Early Childhood: Assessment and Intervention 3
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
GPSY 890 Advanced Doctoral Practicum Seminar I 1
* Students must select ONE of the following three options (3 credit hour): GPSY 808: Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention (offered each fall), GPSY 804: Child Violence in Schools (offered each spring), or an elective approved by the student's advisor. The elective can be taken any time in the third and fourth years of study. Not taking GPSY 808 (or equivalent) will reduce semester credit load by 3 credits.
Year 4 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
CESD 805 Counselor Education and Supervision in a Diverse Society 3
GPSY 612 Social Psychology 3
GREV 612* Statistics IV Statistical Modeling (offered every other year) 3
GPSY 804** Elective Option - Child Violence in Schools 3
GPSY 891 Advanced Doctoral Practicum Seminar II 1
GPSY 810 Directed Research 1
* GREV 612 only offered every other spring. If not offered may be taken in spring year 3. Another research elective, approved by the student's advisor, may be taken in place of GREV 612. Not taking GREV 612 (or equivalent) will reduce semester credit load by 3 credits.

** Students must select ONE of the following three options (3 credit hour): GPSY 804: Child Violence in Schools (offered each spring), GPSY 808: Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention (offered each fall), or an elective approved by the student's advisor. The elective can be taken any time in the third and fourth years of study. Not taking GPSY 804 (or equivalent) will reduce semester credit load by 3 credits.

Year 5 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 903 School Psychology Doctoral Internship Seminar I 3
GPSY 901 School Psychology Doctoral Internship I 1
GPSY 906* Dissertation 3
* Dissertation credits do not need to be taken in the suggested semester. Students must register for a total of 6 dissertation credits (GPSY 906) to be eligible for graduation.
Year 5 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 904 School Psychology Doctoral Internship Seminar II 3
GPSY 902 School Psychology Doctoral Internship II 1
GPSY 906* Dissertation 3
* Dissertation credits do not need to be taken in the suggested semester. Students must register for a total of 6 dissertation credits (GPSY 906) to be eligible for graduation.


Note: GPSY 509 (Independent Study), GPSY 812L (Doctoral Practicum), and GPSY 906 (Doctoral Dissertation) have separate sections for individual faculty members. Be sure to register for the proper faculty member.