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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology


School Program Goals and Training Model

Specific Program Goals and Objectives

There are two primary goals and five objectives that are aligned with credentialing and certification requirements.


Goal 1: Prepare students who have demonstrated knowledge and skill in the practice of school psychology.


Objective 1: Identity, Function, and Ethical Understanding
Competencies: It is expected that students will understand the roles and functions of school psychologists in school and non-school settings; understand the legal and ethical standards that relate to professional psychology and school practice; and understand the various employment contexts for school psychologists, with particular emphasis on culture and organization of schools.


Objective 2: Psychoeducational Assessment
Competencies: It is expected that students will obtain information through behavioral observations, interviews, records, and community resources that relate to the development of intervention programs for children with learning and/or behavioral difficulties; to administer, score, and interpret tests of intellectual abiligy, educational achievement, personality, perceptual-motor ablities, adaptive behavior, and other relevant skills and abilities; to interpret information from a variety of sources (test and non-test data) to make appropriate diagnostic and intervention decisions with individuals of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and exceptionalities.


Objective 3: Direct and indirect intervention
Competencies: It is expected that students will develop and evaluate appropriate intervention plans for individuals with learning and/or behavioral difficulties; consult in a collaborative fashion with teachers, parents, and others related to the education and mental health of children; provide and evaluate direct counseling and therapy treatments in individual and group formats and for particular diagnostic issues; formulate, implement, and evaluate systems-level assessment and intervention programs; and develop knowledge and methods of supervision.


Objective 4: Research
Competencies: It is expected that students will acquire systematic problem-solving and problem-finding skills including hypothesis testing, data analysis, and conclusion drawing from formal research and non-research applications; students will have the ability to evaluate and critique the existing applicable research literature in school psychology.


Goal 2: Prepare students who have ability to integrate basic psychological science theory and finding and practice.


Objective 1: Theory and Research in Core Areas of Psychology
Competencies: It is expected that students will demonstrate knowledge of the breadth and depth of psychology, history, and development, and research methods and applications; and demonstrate knowledge of the scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of practice.