Courses for Psy.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 Local Clinical Scientist model of training, students are involved in a systematic sequence of didactic courses, applied courses, and field experiences. 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 school and independent practice where the ability to examine problems of practice in the local context is emphasized. A brief, narrative overview of the Psy.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.

Upon completing the first 30 credits in the Psy.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 their second year of study.

The third year of the doctoral program focuses upon the cognitive, social, biological and developmental aspects of psychology, and aspects of the professional practice of school psychology. In addition, students are engaged in advanced doctoral practicum experiences where the Local Clinical Scientist Applied Project at the advanced field site is conducted, under the supervision of the field supervisor and two program faculty members.

The fourth year of the student's program involves the culminating experience of a supervised internship in school psychology. The internship is typically a full-time experience, 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
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
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
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
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
GPSY 808 Early Childhood: Assessment and Intervention 3
GESL 501 Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes 3
GPSY 812L Advanced Doctoral Practicum I 1
GPSY 890 Advanced Doctoral Practicum Seminar I 1
GPSY 905 Applied Project 1
Year 3 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
CESD 805 Counselor Education and Supervision in a Diverse Society 3
GPSY 811 Biological Basis of Behavior 3
GPSY 612 Social Psychology           3
GPSY 804 Child Violence in Schools 3
GPSY 812L Advanced Doctoral Practicum II 1
GPSY 891 Advanced Doctoral Practicum Seminar II 1
GPSY 905 Applied Project 1
Year 4 - Fall
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 903 School Psychology Doctoral Internship Seminar I 3
GPSY 901 School Psychology Doctoral Internship I 1
Year 4 - Spring
Course Number Course Title Credits
GPSY 904 School Psychology Doctoral Internship Seminar II 3
GPSY 902 School Psychology Doctoral Internship II 1