State Certificate in School Psychology: Curriculum
The state certification in school psychology will prepare you with the clinical skills necessary to become a school psychologist. Courses focus on psychological assessment, consultation, counseling, behavioral interventions and research/evaluation. Practica experiences (approximately 300-350 hours) and an intensive internship experience (minimum 1,200 hours) are integral components of the program.
Get a description of each of Cal U's school psychology courses from our Course Catalog.
Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the certificate.
State Certificate in School Psychology: 67 Credits
|PSY 702* Psychopathology of Childhood||3|
|PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development||3|
|PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning||3|
|PSY 741 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy||3|
|PSY 720 Neuropsychology||3|
|PSY 721 Advanced Tests and Measurements||3|
|PSY 795* Seminar in Behavior Modification||3|
|PSY 752 Fundamentals of School Psychology||3|
|PSY 710* Principles of Instruction and Intervention||3|
|PSY 761 Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology I: Univariate||3|
|PSY 762 Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology II: Multivariate||3|
|PSY 796 Seminar in Analysis of Research in School Psych (non-thesis option) OR||3|
|PSY 849 Thesis Option (see student manual)||3|
|PSY 722 Individual Psychological Evaluation I||3|
|PSY 723 Individual Psychological Evaluation II||3|
|PSY 728 Practicum in School Psychology||3|
|PSY 734 Assessment of Personality and Behavior I||3|
|PSY 742 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Practicum||3|
|PSY 756 Consultation and Group Processes||3|
|EDU 650* Supporting English Language Learners||3|
|PSY 773/774 Internship in School Psychology||9|
|PSY 798 Seminar in Professional School Psychology||3|
For the educational specialist certification in school psychology in Pennsylvania, candidates must attain the qualifying scores in these exams:
Master's Comprehensive Examination
Praxis II in school psychology
*These courses meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Chapter 49 requirements of 9 credits addressing accommodations and adaptations for diverse learners in inclusive settings (PSY 702, PSY 710 and PSY 795) and 3 credits of meeting the needs of English language learners (EDU 650).