Our mission is to prepare school psychologists for professional practice in schools and related child and family settings.
Our program strives to produce school psychologists with the personal qualities, interpersonal skills and awareness, and the ethical sensitivity predictive of success in a broad array of social, economic, and political contexts. We expect that:
- Students will develop an understanding of service delivery programs within a context respectful and appreciative of individual, family, and cultural diversity.
- Students will develop an awareness that their personal characteristics and interpersonal skills affect the quality, social validity, and acceptability of the services they provide.
- Students will abide by ethical standards as they relate to the historical foundations of the school psychology profession and the current guidelines for practice.
We also strive to produce school psychologists competent to access a broad range of theoretical and practical approaches with sufficient depth to be effective, flexible practitioners. We expect that:
- Students will develop proficiency in data-based decision-making using traditional and alternative approaches to the assessment and evaluation of children's academic, behavioral, and emotional problems.
- Students will develop proficiency in the design and development of programs to intervene both directly and indirectly with children's academic, behavioral, and emotional problems. These programs will include academic strategies, behavior modification, crisis intervention, and counseling techniques that are implemented in a timely manner.
Another goal is to produce school psychologists who have an understanding of the basic principles of human cognitive and emotional development and their relationship to the functioning of children within a school setting. We expect that:
- Students will develop an understanding of the development of both normal and exceptional children.
- Students will gain knowledge of general and special education services and legal guidelines, as part of understanding the educational and sociopolitical climate of their school districts.
- Students will develop skills in consulting and communicating with school professionals and parents.
- Students will develop skills in the prevention and remediation of academic and emotional problems in children.
Our final goal is to produce school psychologists competent in the comprehension and application of research to professional practice. We expect that:
- Students will acquire a foundation in the scientific knowledge base of psychology and education, as well as an ability to evaluate and utilize research in their practice.
- Students will develop proficiency in ongoing program evaluation, so they make informed decisions based upon objective data in developing services for children.
- Students will develop a knowledge base which includes the updated and appropriate use of information technology in their practice.