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The Ph.D. major in School Psychology prepares psychologists for licensure as applied psychologists and focuses on the application of psychological knowledge and skills to school related problems. The American Psychological Association accredits the program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree within a major in psychology, education, or a related field or a master’s degree in an area related to school psychology is required for admission to the program.
Program Academic Regulations
The practicum and internship (CPS 8680 and CPS 9680 ) are essential components of the doctoral training program in School Psychology. They provide trainees with the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for carrying out major professional functions in the context of appropriate supervisory support, professional role modeling, and awareness of administrative structures. The internship is distinguished from the applied practice experience by the increased responsibility and independence afforded the students and by the more intense nature of client contact. The practicum (CPS 8680 ) is a one-term, full-time experience or a two-term, halftime experience. The doctoral internship (CPS 9680 ) in school psychology requires either a full time experience for one calendar year or a halftime experience for two consecutive years.
Evaluation of a student’s performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student’s academic performance as well as the student’s performance in laboratory, practicum, and internship classes. A student may be dropped from a course and/or the program if the welfare of the student’s clientele or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of Department of Counseling and Psychological Services faculty, in jeopardy as a result of the student’s behavior. Students in this program are expected to follow the latest version of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Principles for Professional Ethics, as well as the most recent version of the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.