School Psychology Orientation Course

Course Description

An exploration of the field of School Psychology and its suitability as a personal career choice. Emphasis is on an understanding of the multiple roles of school psychologists that includes counseling, coordination and collaboration. Field experiences, using interviews and observations, will give students insight into their future vocations. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication, and observational skills. Practicum experience is required. Grading is by S or U only.

Learning Outcomes

  • Receive an orientation from the University librarian and understand the use of available research materials with a follow-up assignment.
  • Discuss the relevance of choosing an Action Research project versus a formal Thesis.
  • Discuss literature related to "Consumerism in Education."
  • Receive from the Credential Department the steps (checklist) required for obtaining School Psychology state credential and establish their credential packet.
  • Receive formal admission into the PPS program.
  • Understand the program requirements and meet their faculty advisor.
  • Understand the history and foundation, and current standards of the school psychology profession.
  • Understand the structure and requirements of the PPS program at National University; connection of program coursework to the final portfolio project, Practicum/Internship requirements, and the final competency exam (ETS Praxis Exam- School Psychology).
  • Understand the merit of professional associations associated with the School Psychology profession; professional related standards (NASP Standards).
  • Understand the importance of APA (American Psychological Association) writing style; writing rubrics.

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Sanford College of Education

“Our goal is to deliver high quality educator preparation programs that feature social-emotional learning and evolve inspiring professionals who have positive impact in PK-12 school settings.”
Sanford College of Education
Osvaldo A.
Class of 2019