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School Psychology

  • SPY G 601  Issues and Ethics in School Psychology

    Description:
    This course addresses the professional identity and function of the psychologist in the public school setting. An intensive analysis of philosophical, technical, and administrative issues is conducted. The organization and operation of schools, federal and state educational laws, ethical issues and dilemmas, APA standards, and nondiscriminatory assessments are explored in depth. The course also examines contemporary educational issues that go beyond the role of the individual psychologist. The most current issues in the field are discussed. A pre-practicum field component is required.   More Info

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  • SPY G 602  Standardized Assessment and Report Writing

    Description:
    This course focuses on the administration, scoring, and interpretation of standardized cognitive instruments such as Wechsler scale and the Woodcock Johnson. It also lays the groundwork for writing psycho-educational reports based on the data collected. Topics include ethical, professional, and legal aspects of psycho-educational assessment, bias in testing, and issues related to testing linguistic and ethnic minorities.   More Info

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  • SPY G 603  Foundations of Educational Assessment and Data-Based Decision Making

    Description:
    This course focuses on the assessment of core achievement domains (e.g., reading, mathematics) and the use of curriculum-based assessment and measurement procedures. It emphasizes educational assessment as a means of problem solving and on using data from educational measures to inform instructional and entitlement decisions. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the administration and interpretation of achievement tests, in using assessment data to directly inform intervention recommendations and in reporting findings both orally and in writing.   More Info

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  • SPY G 604  Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

    Description:
    This course develops competence in administering and scoring selected personality, behavioral, social/emotional, and adaptive behavior measures, and in preparing meaningful interpretations of those test results. Topics include psychological theory and practical issues involved in clinical assessment. Close attention is paid to the psychometric adequacy of various assessment methods, ethical aspects of assessment, and issues of clinical judgment. Emphasis is placed on multi-method, multi-source strategies using approaches such as direct observation, interviewing techniques, rating scales, and self-report measures. The projective hypothesis and projective methods are reviewed, including storytelling and drawing techniques. Special issues in cross-cultural assessment and in assessing minority students and students with disabilities are considered. Links between assessment results and intervention recommendations are stressed.   More Info

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  • SPY G 607  School-Based Interventions and Data-Based Decision Making

    Description:
    Attention is focused on the techniques of synthesizing educational, child development, and psychological information into effective prevention programs as well as individual and group interventions for students at-risk for special education and with disabilities. The course uses a problem solving approach and the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the evidence-based practice movement to facilitate student development, monitoring, and evaluation of effective academic, social, emotional, and behavioral intervention strategies with emphasis on direct and indirect evidence-based interventions. The course will also emphasize data-based decision making pertaining to matching treatments to reasons for problems students are experiencing, progress monitoring, as well as determining student responses to intervention.   More Info

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  • SPY G 608  Systems Consultation, Prevention, and Organizational Change

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide students with competencies regarding system-level prevention programming in schools and organizational change. The course will provide theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for school prevention programming as it related to the academic, behavioral, socio/emotional, mental health and crisis related problems in grades k-12.   More Info

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  • SPY G 610  Neuropsychological Theory and Practice in Education

    Description:
    This course examines neuropsychology, the study of the brain and of nervous-system functions, in relation to adaptive behavior and learning, from a developmental viewpoint. The course looks at organismic versus specific localization theories about normal and dysfunctional conditions that affect moving, sensing, perceiving, assimilating, recalling, and expressing through diagnostic-prescriptive studies. Participants study learning abilities and disabilities from a neuropsychological perspective, allowing them to apply the analysis of learning styles to the implementation of individual instruction methods and education plans.   More Info

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  • SPY G 611  Diag&Mgt Neuro Diord

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    Diag&Mgt Neuro Diord   More Info

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  • SPY G 612  Learning and the Curriculum

    Description:
    This course uses theoretical and applied perspectives to explain how children and adolescents develop skills and knowledge in schools. Theoretical perspectives emphasize ecological, behavioral, and cognitive models of learning. With regard to application, theoretical perspectives on learning point to curriculum as a source of learning objectives and goals intended to guide instruction and assessment. Empirical research pertaining to instruction, assessment, and curriculum will be reviewed for purposes o using a rigorous evidence base to evaluate curriculum programs in core content (e.g., English language arts, mathematics).   More Info

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    • TBA
  • SPY G 635  Behavior Therapy in Schools

    Description:
    Understanding and managing student behavior is critical for educator to establish a positive and effective learning environment. Research supports the use of positive behavior supports and interventions to address challenging behaviors in order to increase active academic engagement and adaptive behaviors for all students, especially high risk populations. The purpose of this course will be to develop knowledge and skills int he principles of applied behavior analysis and to apply these principles and procedures to individuals and classrooms. Functional behavior assessment procedures covered include indirect assessments, descriptive assessments, and functional analysis. Treatments covered include antecedent intervention, differential reinforcement procedures, extinction, and punishment among others. Mastery in this course will be obtained through readings, participation in lecture/discussions, preparing for exams, and completing assigned projects.   More Info

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  • SPY G 653  Cultural Competence for School Practitioners

    Description:
    This course is designed to provide an introduction to cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic variables that impact service delivery by counselors and school psychologists in schools. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of their own cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds. From there, they will develop appreciation for and understanding of their clients-children and adolescents in schools, their families, and entities that support them-as well as other educators and professionals in the educational systems.   More Info

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  • SPY G 685  Practicum I: School-Based Assessment & Intervention

    Description:
    Each student is matched with a practicing school psychologist 1.5 days per week in order to apply the skills consistent with the NASP blueprint. 125 clock hours of field experience are required in addition to the weekly seminar. The twofold purpose of this course it sot provide graduate students in school psychology: 1. A field-based practicum experience in an urban setting with students of diverse backgrounds. Activities focus on individual and systemic variables as well as policies and practices while engaging in the implementation of consultation, assessment, prevention and intervention activities. Formal and informal needs assessments will also be a continuous aspect of this practicum with services determined by the needs identified by students, staff, and administration. 2. A field-based practicum experience that focuses on the assessment of children and adolescents.   More Info

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  • SPY G 686  Practicum II: School-Based Assessment & Intervention

    Description:
    Each student is matched with a practicing school psychologist 1.5 days per week in order to apply the skills consistent with the NASP blueprint. 125 clock hours of field experience are required in addition to the weekly seminar. The twofold purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in school psychology: 1. Field-based practicum experience in an urban setting with students of diverse backgrounds. Activities will focus on individual and systemic variables as well as policies and practices while engaging in the implementation of consultation, assessment, prevention and intervention activities. Formal and informal needs assessments will also be continuous aspect of this practicum with services determined by the needs identified by students, staff, and administration. 2. Field-based school psychology practicum experience that focuses on the assessment of children and adolescents.   More Info

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  • SPY G 687  Practicum in School Psychology III

    Description:
    This Practicum is a continuation of Practicum I and II and integrates assessment and intervention services provided. It provides student with the opportunity to attain additional field work hours prior to the 1200 hour internship. Students are assigned to a school site, with a supervising school psychologist, and complete 250 field work hours over the course of a semester. Additionally, they meet with the university supervisor/seminar instructor on a weekly basis after school hours. Student performance on site is assessed via evaluation by the field supervisor; student skills in conducting psychoeducational evaluations and case studies is assessed by the university supervisor/seminar instructor. This course can be repeated for credit.   More Info

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  • SPY G 688  Internship in School Psychology

    Description:
    This full-time practicum/internship placement consists of at least 600 clock hours of full-time fieldwork experience at both the elementary and secondary school levels, under the supervision of a practicing certified school psychologist. The two required repetitions of this course provide the 1,200 clock hours of supervised fieldwork required for state and national certification. The first internship must be in an approved school setting. The second may be in a school setting or a clinical setting (under the supervision of a licensed or certified psychologist). University supervision and the approval of the program coordinator are required. May be taken twice for credit.   More Info

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  • SPY G 691  Seminar in School Psychology

    Description:
    This seminar is taken in conjunction with the Internship in School Psychology (SPY G 688). It includes lectures and discussions about state and national certification requirements, case studies, assessments and multidisciplinary evaluations, legal and ethical concerns, cultural diversity factors, and general topics related to the internship experience. Capstone portfolio and daily log required. May be taken twice for credit.   More Info

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  • SPY G 696  Independent Study in School Psychology

    Description:
    Research and reading in an area of school psychology chosen by the student and approved by the instructor. Open only to matriculants in the School Psychology program. A detailed proposal must be submitted to and approved by the program coordinator before registration for this course.   More Info

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  • SPY G 697  Special Topics in School Psychology

    Description:
    This course focuses on research and reading in a particular topic in school psychology. Course content varies according to the topic and will be announced prior to the pre-registration period.   More Info

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