School Psychology: Curriculum
Our graduate school psychology curriculum was designed according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) curriculum guidelines. This rigorous course of study leads students to develop competencies and professional skills in psychological assessment, consultation, counseling, academic interventions, behavioral interventions and research/evaluation.
Our program offers an on-line Summer start, followed by face-to-face evening courses, three times per week for full-time students. Candidates also participate in extensive practicum experiences (minimum 350 hours) and work with actual cases in our on-site clinic as part of their training. A 1200-clock-hour internship experience (stipends are available) is the capstone experience 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 master's degree, followed by the framework of courses for the certification program.
|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 724 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).