SY 6010 Foundations-School Psychology - 3 graduate credits
This survey course will introduce students to the areas of assessment, treatment, and prevention of learning, behavior, and emotional problems in school-age children. Students will become familiar with a variety of psychological issues within a school environment. Students will become familiar with testing inventories as well as alternative ways of assessing children with difficulties. Ethical topics and procedures will be discussed. Students will be required to demonstrate professionalism, academic and personal integrity, and become familiar with the diverse roles and responsibilities of school psychologists. The iWebfolio will be introduced and students will address the state standards for school psychology through the iWebfolio. The course has a 25-hour pre-practicum requirement.
SY 6200 Behavioral Assessment, Analysis, and Intervention - 3 graduate credits
This course is designed to provide students with a clear, balanced presentation of the behavioral technology including theoretical paradigms, assessment methods, intervention planning and techniques, and the application of behavioral methodologies designed to increase prosocial effective behaviors and decrease and/or eliminate socially ineffective behaviors within the school setting. Prerequisite SY 6010.
SY 6300 Social/Emotional/Behavioral Assessment - 3 graduate credits
To provide a clear, balanced presentation of the learner's social/emotional characteristics. The student will be introduced to the areas of assessment of behavior by interview, observation and norm-referenced techniques. Functional behavior assessment will also be addressed. Objective and projective techniques will be introduced and the student will have the opportunity to learn about the history and practical administration of these instruments. Prerequisite SY 6010.
SY 6400 Administering Individual Intelligence Tests - 3 graduate credits
Students will learn about the history and theories of intelligence testing. They will develop the skill to administer two norm-referenced intelligence tests (Child and Adult Editions of Wechsler Scales), interpret the results, and write and present cogent results of their findings as it relates to the child adolescent and their learning. This course prepares school psychology candidates for the internship where they will gain proficiency in assessing cognitive ability. Prerequisite SY 6010 and admittance to the School Psychology Program.
SY 6500 Educational Assessment & Consultation - 3 graduate credits
This course prepares the school psychology student to become proficient in educational assessment, instructional interventions, and consultation. School psychology candidates will acquire skills in academic assessment, consultation, and prevention and intervention strategies. Students will learn to administer and interpret normative and criterion measures; prepare comprehensive case studies, which include the assessment, interpretation, intervention, and program monitoring of school-age children; conduct an evaluation of published curricula and utilize curriculum-based measurement techniques. Students will also become knowledgeable about ethical standards and principles related to assessment.
SY 6700 Practicum I: Assessment, Intervention, & Consultation - 3 graduate credits
Assessment, Intervention, and Consultation. This is a 3 credit course involving 50 clock hours at a field site under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. It is intended for candidates to practice their skills in assessment, consultation, counseling, and prevention and intervention. An on-campus seminar will be given for candidates to demonstrate their skills and share their experiences. Typically, candidates would take SY 6400 Administering Individual Intelligence Tests concurrently with Practicum I. Candidates should arrange their practicum placement prior to the beginning of the course to ensure a full semester experience.
SY 6710 Practicum II: Integration and Case Studies - 3 graduate credits
Practicum II: Integration and Case Studies involves 50 hours at a field site under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. It is intended for candidates to develop a comprehensive and holistic perspective that combines early intervention, prevention, counseling, assessment, consultation, community resources, and systems interventions as they relate to individual case studies. Candidates will follow two or more children encompassing the entire special education process from the pre-referral stage to placement progress monitoring, and documenting the entire sequence including the extent to which those children have demonstrated specific measurable outcomes. An on-campus seminar will be given for candidates to discuss their experiences during the steps of their case studies and to supplement their practicum experience with related readings and discussion. This practicum will accommodate both models of special education identification (traditional assessment and response to intervention). Candidates will also present videos of their consultation skills and demonstrate knowledge of the ability to plan, coordinate and implement a psychological services delivery model within a school setting that includes assessment, pre-referral problem solving, crisis intervention, mental health intervention, functional skill training, collaboration, consultation, referral and counseling. Candidates should arrange their practicum placement six months prior to the beginning of the course to ensure a full semester experience.
SY 6800 School Psychology Internship and Seminar - 1-12 graduate credits
As the culminating component in the school psychology program, this field experience will be done in a public school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. Students will also attend a seminar on campus to discuss their experiences, present psychological evaluations and interventions, and engage in mutual problem solving relative to dilemmas and issues encountered in the field experience. Prerequisites include completion of all required courses and permission of the internship instructor. Students are required to take the Praxis II exam.
SY 6910 Independent Study - 1-3 graduate credits
Enrichment of the background of students in school psychology through the pursuit of a special topic pertinent to their interests and abilities. An opportunity for an in-depth study of a technique or problem in the field. Consent of a faculty supervisor, the department chair, and the associate registrar for the College of Graduate Studies is required.