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School Psychology, EdS

Overview: 

Our Ed.S. curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to work as certified school psychologists in school districts across the nation. The curriculum also prepares students for taking the national examination to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). In general, training opportunities associated with our Ed.S. program aim to provide students with meaningful and practical experiences that will allow them to become respected leaders in the schools in which they work.

In addition to our Ed.S. degree program at the U of A campus, we also offer an Ed.S. degree program in Chandler, Arizona. This program permits students to complete their training on a non-traditional schedule. All coursework is made available in Maricopa County (Phoenix metropolitan area) and online. For more information about the Tucson based EdS program, contact Professor David Wodrich at dwodrich@email.arizona.edu. For details about the Chandler-based courses, contact Assistant Program Coordinator Marsha Spencer at marshaspencer@email.arizona.edu, or click here

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

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

  • Possess the capability 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.
  • Possess the capability 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 outcomes listed above, the School Psychology EdS requires students to complete a variety of practice activities (e.g., practicum, internship), prepare to practice in an ethical manner, and document various professional accomplishments. At or near graduation, students typically complete a national-level examination (i.e., Praxis II), which indicates competence in various practice and ethical domains.

The table (immediately below) indicates where in the program each of the outcomes is assessed and what assignment or checkpoint is used. Outcome standards (e.g., thresholds) associated with each outcome are detailed in the text following the table.

Outcomes

Portfolio

Course Grade

Praxis II

Practicum Ratings

Internship Ratings

1.1

Diversity

 

 

 

x

 

2. 1

Problem Solving

 

 

 

x

x

3. 1

Lifelong Learning

 

 

x

 

 

4. 1

Supervision-Leadership-Service

x

 

 

 

 

5. 1

Ethics

 

x

 

x

 

Outcome Standards

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 practicum supervisors’ ratings of “Good.”

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 “Good.”

Outcome 3: Prepared for Lifelong Learning

3.1: 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 3.1 is a passing score on the Praxis II examination.

Outcome 4: Prepared for Supervision, Leadership, and Service

4.1: Students are expected to join at least one school psychology professional organization by the time of the student’s qualifying examination. Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 4.1 is documentation of membership to student’s advisor.

Outcome 5: Ethical Practice

5.1: Students are expected to demonstrate ethical and legal standards in the provision of school psychological services as determined by course professor or supervisor ratings in practicum. Minimum threshold for achievement of Outcome 5.1 is a grade of “B” or better in SERP 694b and supervisor ratings of “Good.” 

Assessment Findings: 

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Method of Measurement

Outcomes

Portfolio

Course Grade

Praxis II

Practicum Ratings

Internship Ratings

1.1

Diversity

 

 

 

*Students: .80

 †Grads: 1.00

 

2.1

Problem Solving

 

 

 

Students: .80 Grads .50

Students: .00 Grads: 1.00

3.1

Lifelong Learning

 

 

Students: .00 Grads: 1.00

 

 

4.1

Supervision-Leadership-Service

Students: 1.00 Grads: 1.00

 

 

 

 

5.1

Ethics

 

Students: 1.00 Grads: 1.00

 

Students: .80 Grads: 1.00

 

*Students: those in 2nd-3rd year in program. †Graduates: those with degrees awarded in 2012-2013; values listed reflected in percentage exceeding threshold

Change in Response to Findings: 

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Updated date: Tue, 01/14/2014 - 20:12