Master of Arts in School Psychology
First Year Courses
For the complete list of all courses in the School Psychology graduate program, visit the Course Sequence page.
Presents aspects of assessment related to intelligence/cognitive skills including normreferenced tests, interviews, observations, and informal assessment procedures, including the history and theory of these procedures and their particular relevance and utility to school settings. Reviews useful statistical and measurement concepts, particularly as they apply to interpreting assessment results to parents and school personnel. Practical skills are obtained through role-play administration and examination of tests which may include Wechsler, Stanford-Binet, Kaufman, and Woodcock Johnson. Preparation of a report based on role-play administration which becomes part of student's ongoing portfolio.
This course focuses on the study of changes in human behavior with increased age through discussion in some detail of basic concepts, research methodology, current empirical evidence, and theoretical formulations, which constitute contemporary developmental psychology. This course provides a lifespan perspective on development with particular emphasis on children and adolescents. Course material is aimed at providing students with a knowledge base from which to make distinctions between normal and abnormal development and a framework for possible remediation where abnormalities are found to occur.
This course provides an examination of human personality from three broad perspectives: psychoanalytic, learning-theory, and humanistic-existential. Primary and secondary sources are used. Implications for psychotherapy are explored.
Professional Orientation & Ethics in School Psychology
This course serves as an introduction to the field of school psychology. It presents a history of the profession and an introduction to the legal, professional, and ethical guidelines within the field. Students will learn about the various roles and functions of school psychologists and how school psychologists operate within the school system. Students will develop an understanding of the professional resources utilized by school psychologists and how the training requirements for school psychologists apply to practice. Current issues within the field will also be discussed.
This course focuses on the assessment of academic problems in areas such as reading, mathematics, and written language. The norm-referenced academic/achievement assessments that school psychologists typically utilize will be covered in depth. Curriculum-based measurement is also covered. Students will learn about the administration, scoring, and interpretation of these assessments. The course will also explore why and how assessment techniques must consider the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
The course considers abnormal behavior from an historical perspective, according to contemporary psychological models and the classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. This course stresses the etiology and diagnosis of abnormal behavior patterns. Implications for psychotherapy and biological forms of therapy are also explored.
The purpose of this course is to prepare school psychologists to serve as members of a multidisciplinary support team for students with learning disabilities. Students acquire particular expertise in instructional strategies and in reconciling the many different understandings of learning disabilities that may exist among team members.
Research Design & Data Analysis in School Psychology
This course explores the most common research designs and analysis techniques utilized by school psychologists. It provides an introduction to research in the schools through the single-subject and group designs that are used as part of the Response to Intervention (RTI) and program evaluation models, respectively. The purposes and processes of Response to Intervention and program evaluation in the schools will also be covered. Students will be introduced to and utilize the statistical tools commonly available to school psychologists.
Advanced Educational Psychology
This course introduces teacher education and school psychology candidates to classroom practice designed to ensure that all students learn to high standards. Candidates will examine theories and research related to teaching and learning to develop an understanding of principles of effective classroom instruction and organization as they are implemented across diverse contexts. Topics may include instructional models, applied learning theories, individual differences, group processes, culturally responsive pedagogy, brain based education, and teaching to promote critical thinking and holistic development. (Offered on campus and online)
Neuropsychology of Learning
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of neuropsychology as it applies to children within a school setting. It will include an understanding of functional neuroanatomy and major theoretical approaches to neuropsychological assessment. The underlying neural processes of attention, memory, and executive function will be presented along with suggested measures of assessment and intervention, within the framework of Response to Treatment Intervention. The students will also understand the neurological bases of common disorders such as speech and language, nonverbal learning disabilities, acute lymphocytic leukemia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette's syndrome, lead poisoning, Asperger's syndrome/Autism, as well as the neuropsychology of emotions. Reading, math, spelling, handwriting, and written language disorders will be understood and assessed from a neuropsychological perspective. Research-based effective remedial interventions will also be discussed.
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