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The Master of Science in School Psychology program trains candidates to be change agents in the Pk-12 setting through research, practice, and advocacy. The program’s curriculum aligns with California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) standards and, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Candidates in this program are prepared for the position of school psychologist in the state of California. Candidates are encouraged to be active in the local, state, and national professional organizations to stay relevant in the field of school psychology. Candidates accepted into the program earn a graduate degree for the Master of Science in School Psychology and are recommended for a Pupil Personnel Services Credential School Psychology. Successful completion of the program encompasses passing of all coursework, practicum and internship, comprehensive exam, and a score of 147 on the School Psychology PRAXIS exam.
The School Psychology program is offered as an online program. The online modality provides students the ability to attend weekly recorded synchronous class sessions. Each course includes learning activities that are embedded within the online course shell. Candidates in the program are required to attend sixteen (16) mandatory all-day Saturday sessions for the four assessment courses. The Saturday sessions provide candidates the opportunity to engage in experiential hands-on training with assessment materials. In extenuating circumstances and with prior approval from the School Psychology Academic Program Director, exceptions may be granted for a candidate to miss an in-person Saturday session, which can be made-up through online synchronous or asynchronous attendance. Campus locations for the on-site Saturday sessions are Rancho Cordova, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in varied methods of assessment and data collection for the purpose of identifying strengths and needs, implementing evidence-based practices, progress monitoring, and evaluation at the student, classroom, and school-level.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in varied consultation methods, collaboration, and communication with all school-based stakeholders, families, and community agencies to effectively coordinate interventions and services across academic, social/emotional, and behavioral domains.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skills in direct academic interventions for children and families that consider the impact of culture, language, cognition, and social influences on academic skills and collaborate with others to implement evidence-based interventions and instructional strategies.
- School Psychology candidates through assessment, data collection methods and evidence-based strategies will demonstrate knowledge of direct interventions that focus on behavioral and social/emotional interventions for children and families in order to develop and implement mental health supports to promote social-emotional functioning and mental health.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge of school systems, programs, and services (direct and indirect services, school and systems structure, preventive and responsive services, dual language learners, multi-tiered systems of support, general and special education, technology resources and evidence-based school practices) that promote academic outcomes learning, social development, and mental health to create and maintain effective and supportive learning environments for children and others.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge of principles and research related to resilience and risk factors, mental health services, school response and recovery, discipline policies, evidence-based strategies for effective crisis response including treat and risk assessments to promote services that enhance learning, mental health, school safety, and physical well-being through protective and adaptive factors.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate evidence-based culturally responsive mental health and social-emotional counseling and interventions to enhance and support positive family-school interactions and facilitate strong family/school partnerships with the community.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate a social justice lens of equity and diversity for all students in schools and demonstrate skills of equitable practice through assessment, counseling, and intervention across general and special education settings.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate various data collection techniques and be knowledgeable about research design and analysis used in school settings to support evidence-based practices for the individual, group, and system.
- School Psychology candidates will demonstrate knowledge of special education law, ethics, professional practices, school psychology history, service models, professional standards, dispositions, and self-care.
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