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School Psychology, PhD

Overview: 

Our Ph.D. curriculum is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in school psychology and related disciplines. Graduates of this program are prepared for a career that may involve research, scholarship, or practice. For example, they may function as academic school psychologists, licensed psychologists who work in schools, certified school psychologists, educational consultants, or private practitioners.

The Ph.D. program has been accredited since 1979 by the American Psychological Association (APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation) and since 1991 by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The Ph.D. program is known for its strong emphasis on research, scholarship, and professional practice. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
American Psychological Association 
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

For additional information on the Ph.D. degree program, please click here. To view educational and training outcomes of the Ph.D. degree program please click here

 

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

By completion of the PhD program in School Psychology, a student will:

  • Be able to provide school psychological services and engage in scholarly activities within a culturally diverse society.
  • Be able to utilize a problem solving approach in working with children and adolescents.
  • Be prepared for lifelong learning at the interface among science, theory, and practice.
  • Be prepared for supervisory, leadership, and service roles in the field of school psychology.
  • Be able to practice and conduct research consistent with the American Psychological Association and National Association of School Psychologists ethical principles, professional practices, and relevant laws associated with the delivery of school psychological services to children and adolescents.
Assessment Activities: 

In route to mastering the learning  outcomes listed above, the School Psychology PhD requires students to complete a variety of practice activities (e.g., practicum, internship), prepare and conduct research in an ethical manner, and document various professional and scholarly accomplishments. At or near graduation, students typically complete one of two national-level examinations (e.g., Praxis II or Examination of Professional Practice in Psychology), which indicate competence in various practice and ethical domains.

The following table lists how the program assesses each of the learning outcomes:

Outcomes and Assessment Activities Used to Determine Their Attainment

Outcomes

Portfolio

Practicum Ratings

Internship Ratings

1.1

Diversity

 

 

X

 

X

2.1

Problems

 

X

X

3.1

Lifelong Learning

X

 

 

3.2

Lifelong Learning

 

X

X

4.1

Preparation

X

 

 

5.1

Ethics

X

 

 

5.2

Ethics

 

X

X

Minimum Threshold for achievemnt for Each Learning Outcome

Outcome 1: Ability to Provide Services within a Culturally Diverse Society

1.1. Students are expected to understand how such diversity affects the provision of school psychological services and demonstrate culturally competent practices with diverse populations.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 1.1 is determined by a of practicum supervisors’ rating of “Good” and internship supervisor ratings of “Meets expectations” (or the equivalent for students interning at an APA-accredited site).

Outcome 2: Utilization of Problem Solving Approaches

2.1. Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to diagnose learning, behavioral, emotional problems and make educational and mental health service recommendations from SERP694B: School Psychology Practicum and internship.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 2.1 is determined by a of practicum supervisors’ rating of “Good” and internship supervisor ratings of “Meets expectations” (or the equivalent for students interning at an APA-accredited site).

Outcome 3: Prepared for Lifelong Learning

3.1. Students are expected to demonstrate involvement in scholarly activities outside of coursework and independently contribute to the knowledge base of school psychology through the publication and/or presentation of research.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 3.1 is submission of at least one journal article, book chapter, or paper/poster to a local, regional, or national conference.

3.2. Students are expected to demonstrate acceptable skills in the delivery of evidence-based assessment, intervention, and/or consultative services.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 3.2 is determined by a of practicum supervisors’ rating of “Good” and internship supervisor ratings of “Meets expectations” (or the equivalent for students interning at an APA-accredited site).

Outcome 4: Prepared for Supervision, Leadership, and Service

4.1. Students are expected to take a leadership or service role in at least two professional school psychological activities.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Competency 4.1 is acceptable performance as determined by student’s advisor.

Outcome 5: Ethical Practice and Research

5.1. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles, standards, and laws relevant to school psychological research through examination in the Human subjects research examination (e.g. CITI training).

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 5.1 is passage of the examination.

5.2. Students are expected to demonstrate ethical and legal standards in the provision of school psychological services as determined by supervisor ratings in practicum and internship.

Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 5.2 is determined by a of practicum supervisors’ rating of “Good” and internship supervisor ratings of “Meets expectations” (or the equivalent for students interning at an APA-accredited site).

Assessment Findings: 

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Summarized Rubric: Proportion of Students and Graduate Exceeding Threshold

Outcomes

Portfolio

Practicum Ratings

Internship Ratings

1.1 Diversity

 

Students*: .89

Graduates†: 1.00

Students: .11

Graduates: 1.00

2.1 Problems

 

Students: .89

Graduates: 1.00

Students: .11 Graduates: 1.00

3.1 Lifelong Learning

Students: .68

 Graduates: .67

 

 

3.2 Lifelong Learning

 

Students: .89

 Graduates: 1.00

Students: .11

Graduates: 1.00

4.1 Preparation

Students: .74

Graduates: 1.00

 

 

5.1 Ethics

Students: .32

Graduates: 1.00

 

 

5.2 Ethics

 

Students: .89

Graduates: 1.00

Students: .11

 Graduates: 1.00

*Advanced Students: those in third, fourth, or fifth year of program enrollment, reflected in percentage exceeding threshold

†Graduates: those with degrees awarded in 2012-2013; reflected in percentage exceeding threshold

Change in Response to Findings: 

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Updated date: Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:52