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School Psychology Post-Master's Certificate Only Program

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    School Psychology Post-Master's Certificate Only Program

    Students will:

    • know the history and foundations of school psychology; multiple service models and methods; ethical, legal and professional standards; and other factors related to professional identity and effective practice as school psychologists;
    • know the varied models and methods of assessment and data collection for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and measuring progress and outcomes;
    • know the varied models and strategies of consultation, collaboration and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups and systems and methods to promote effective implementation of services;
    • understand school and systems structure, organization and theory related to evidence-based practice;
    • use data based-decision making to design, implement and evaluate academic, social, emotional and behavioral programs for students at all levels of need.
    • be competent in applying knowledge and skill consistent with professional ethical practice in accordance with National Association of School Psychology (NASP)) professional codes of conduct.

    This online distance-learning program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with some synchronous and in-person training requirements. Appropriate candidates for the program are educators, counselors and mental health professionals who currently hold a master’s degree in their respective field. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program are prepared to receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington’s Office of Superintendent of
    Public Instruction (OSPI). Students are encouraged to seek national certification through preparation of individual portfolios.

    Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (e.g., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and home-school collaboration); and research (methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship. The program duration is two full calendar years, beginning in the summer.

    Early consideration deadline for completed applications is January 15. All application materials must be received by March 1 for consideration of summer admission.

    Contact Information:

    Jamie Chaffin
    Martin Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

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    Plan of Study

    Summer I: Introduction to the field courses
    Academic Year I: majority of assessment, intervention and foundational courses and year-long practicum involving 1 day per week (or two half days) at a school site
    Summer II: Focused content courses
    Academic Year II: Consultation course and 1200 hour full time internship

    Technology requirements for participation: (not required for the interview but must be purchased and demonstrated working by the start date): high bandwidth required; access should be through a direct Internet connection (not wireless); computer and browser requirements should follow program recommendations, webcam; headset with microphone and access to a scanner or printer that scans. Full participation throughout the web-conferencing activities and inter-residence training is required to activity participate.

    Course Requirements and Credit Hours
    PSYC 505 Applied Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (4)
    PSYC 507 Human Development: Research, Theories and Application (4)
    PSYC 510 Professional School Psychology I (4)
    PSYC 511 Professional School Psychology II (4)
    PSYC 512 Professional School Psychology III (4)
    PSYC 514 Research and Statistics (4)
    PSYC 523 Academic and Social/Behavioral Interventions (4)
    PSYC 526 Academic Assessment for School Psychology (4)
    PSYC 534 Human Neuropsychology (4)
    PSYC 543 School-based Individual Intervention (4)
    PSYC 553 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment of Children and Adolescents (4)
    PSYC 554 Cognitive Assessment (4)
    PSYC 558 Practicum: School Psychology (12)
    PSYC 559 Cognitive Assessment Lab (3)
    PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation (4)
    PSYC 565 Developmental Psychopathology (4)
    PSYC 589 Multicultural Assessment: Issues in the Schools (4)
    PSYC 602 Portfolio (6)
    PSYC 695 School Psychology Internship (15)

    Successful completion of the National School Psychology Certification Examination and an oral examination that reviews the portfolio project and contents is required.

    Minimum total credits: 96 credits


    Contact Information

    Nick Jackson, PhD
    Department Chair
    135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6227
    fax: 509.359.4366

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