Doctoral Plan of Study in School Psychology

Summary of Field Training Sequence: Practicum and Internship

 
The profressional training sequence in School Psychology is designed to incorporate clinical training experiences (integrated with didactic course work) during each year of the program:
 
THE PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLAR (YEAR 1)
Year 1: Students complete brief, structured, course-based practical experiences (pre-practicum experiences during the Intro to School Psychology course) designed to increase their understanding of, and exposure to, the roles and functions of School Psychologists.
 
THE PSYCHOLOGY APPRENTICE (YEAR 2)
Year 2: Students participate in a structured two-semester Practicum in School Psychology Assessment (1 cr each), one day per week in local elementary or middle schools. Students gain experiences with various aspects of the assessment process. Clients may present with academic challenges or general behavioral concerns.
 
THE EMERGING SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER (YEAR 3)
Year 3: Students complete a structured two-semester Practicum in School Psychology Assessment & Intervention (2 cr each), two days a week in local elementary, middle, or high schools. Students gain additional assessment and case conceptualization skills, and engage in direct and indirect intervention services. Clients may present with academic challenges, severe behavior disorders, or social-emotional concerns.
 
THE DOCTORAL CANDIDATE (YEAR 4)
Year 4: Students complete a structured two-semester Practicum in School Psychology & Supervision (3 cr each), two-three days a week. Students have the option of gaining additional school-based experience, or completing an individualized Practicum designed to provide training in a specialized setting or with a special population; students also gain knowledge and experience in the supervision of psychological services (students will provide supported supervision for junior level graduate students). Clients may present with the full range of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
 
THE PRE-DOCTORAL INTERN (YEAR 5)
Year 5: Students complete a full-time 9-12 month (or part-time 24-month) internship (1800-2000 clock hours total). Client population presents with the full range of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
 

Areas of Training:

  • Foundations in Scientific Psychology
  • Theoretical Foundations of Practice
  • Psychological Assessment, Intervention, and Consultation/Prevention (Core)
  • Research Methods and Evaluation
  • Applied Psychology & Field Experiences

TOTAL HOURS: 118 credits