School Psychology Orientation

Course Description

This course will serve to provide an orientation to the requirements of National University in general (NU Catalog); the School Psychology program in particular (School Psychology Handbook); the expectations of a graduate level candidate, including demonstrating ‘Professional Dispositions;’ the importance of APA writing style; an overview of the profession of School Psychology (by reading current literature in the field); gaining an understanding of current issues in the field; and how both the education, training and practice of a School Psychologist differs from other professions that work with children, such as School Counselor, Special Education teacher, General Education Teacher, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Psychologist.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the expected ‘Professional Dispositions’ of a school psychology candidate.
  • Compose an artifact of written expression, including adherence to APA (American Psychological Association) format.
  • Compare and contrast the roles and activities of PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) in the schools, which includes School Psychologist, Educational Administrators, and School Counselors.
  • Determine the advantages of professional associations associated with the School Psychologist profession at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Explain the roles and activities of a School Psychologist in the schools as identified by the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP).
  • Explain all National University (NU) catalog requirements specific to the School Psychology program.
  • Explain the requirements and expectations of the School Psychology program as noted in the School Psychology Handbook.

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