Program Learning Goals
Complementing our program philosophy are the following fundamental goals of the program to provide each graduate with the required skills, professionalism and knowledge base to become a productive member of the school psychology community.
- Ability to implement a problem-solving model supported by a solid understanding of the knowledge base and empirical literature of school psychology as well as legal, ethical, and professional standards of practice.
- Capacity to provide psychological services and educational consultation within diverse contexts where individual differences in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, gender, sexual orientation, and abilities are appreciated.
- Ability to work collaboratively with educators, administrators, school counselors, families, and the community to provide a comprehensive range of educational and mental health services to children and adolescents.
- Capacity to utilize data-based decision making and empirically supported prevention, assessment, and intervention strategies that result in a positive impact on youth, families, and the communities/schools that they serve.
Professional knowledge and skills are developed across the ten standards/elements of training and practice established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Our program adheres to the NASP Practice Model standards/elements that outline how services are integrated to best meet the needs of students, families and the school community.
Culturally Responsive Training
Within the program, diversity is also examined as a subject and is embedded as a topic across coursework. Students are expected to develop the dispositions, knowledge, and skills to work effectively with individuals of diverse needs (e.g., ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities). Students also receive training in sensitively working with clients from diverse cultural and individual backgrounds.