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Specialist in School Psychology

Required Undergraduate Prerequisites

  • General Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Statistical Methods
  • Child Psychology/Human Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavior Management/Modification or Learning

The following courses are highly recommended:

  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Psychological Measurement

Students can be provisionally admitted. Prerequisites may be taken concurrently with graduate study and will extend the length of the program.

Study Plan

The Study Plan is designed to meet the following NASP Training Standards [NASP (2010):

STANDARD 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability: School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of assessment and data collection methods for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and measuring progress and outcomes.

STANDARD 2: Consultation and Collaboration: School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of consultation, collaboration, and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups, and systems and used to promote effective implementation of services.

STANDARD 3: Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills: School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, and social influences on academic skills; human learning, cognitive, and developmental processes; and evidence based curriculum and instructional strategies.

STANDARD 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills: School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, developmental, and social influences on behavior and mental health; behavioral and emotional impacts on learning and life skills; and evidence-based strategies to promote social–emotional functioning and mental health.

STANDARD 5: School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning: School psychologists have knowledge of school and systems structure, organization, and theory; general and special education; technology resources; and evidence-based school practices that promote academic outcomes, learning, social development, and mental health.

STANDARD 6: Preventive and Responsive Services: School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to resilience and risk factors in learning and mental health, services in schools and communities to support multitiered prevention, and evidence-based strategies for effective crisis response.

STANDARD 7: Family–School Collaboration Services: School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to family systems, strengths, needs, and culture; evidence-based strategies to support family influences on children's learning, socialization, and mental health; and methods to develop collaboration between families and schools.

STANDARD 8: Diversity in Development and Learning: School psychologists have knowledge of individual differences, abilities, disabilities, and other diverse characteristics; principles and research related to diversity factors for children, families, and schools, including factors related to culture, context, and individual and role differences; and evidence-based strategies to enhance services and address potential influences related to diversity.

STANDARD 9: Research and Program Evaluation: School psychologists have knowledge of research design, statistics, measurement, varied data collection and analysis techniques, and program evaluation methods sufficient for understanding research and interpreting data in applied settings.

STANDARD 10: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice: School psychologists have knowledge of the history and foundations of school psychology; multiple service models and methods; ethical, legal, and professional standards; and other factors related to professional identity and effective practice as school psychologists.

Required Study Plan

PSY 5020-Advanced Measurement Principles (3)
PSY 5030-Ethics, Law, Diversity, and Professional Practice of School Psychology(3)
PSY 5300-Advanced Child Psychology (3)
PSY 5500-Child Psychopathology (3)
PSY 5710-Analysis and Design I (4)
PSY 5021-Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment (3)
PSY 5022-Individual Intellectual Assessment (3)
PSY 5711-Analysis & Design II (3)
PSY 5890-Field Study or Practicum (3)
PSY 5170-Theories of Learning (3)
PSY 5040-Theories of Psychotherapy (3)
PSY 6660-Psychological Consultation and Program Evaluation (3)
PSY 6890-Practicum – Assessment (3)
PSY 6970-Seminar – Special Topics in School Psychology (3)
PSY 5023-Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children (3)
PSY 5550-Neuropsychology: Brain-Behavior Relation
PSY 6000-Thesis (6)
PSY 6890-Practicum –Consultation and Counseling (3)
PSY 6980-Psychotherapeutic Interventions in the Schools (3)
PSY 6999-Internship (12)

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Contact Information

School Psychology Program

Department of Psychology
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Graduate Coordinator
Margaret Floress, Ph.D. NCSP

217 581-2127
Fax: 217-581-6764

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