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School Psychology

School Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. D. Tighe Cooke
Tel: 508-929-8673
email:
dcooke@worcester.edu

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Psychology Courses

Program Description

The Worcester State University School Psychology Program is a specialist level program that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Students receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology at the culmination of three years of full time study. Upon completion, students may receive Institutional Endorsement to obtain the credential of School Psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. The CAGS is awarded upon successful completion of 69 credits combined planned program of study including supervised fulltime practicum (600+ hours) and supervised full-time internship (total 1200+ hours), completion of an acceptable professional portfolio, and successful performance on a comprehensive examination.

Candidates must satisfy all other graduate and degree requirements. Institutional endorsement for professional credential as a school psychologist requires a passing score on the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensing Examination (MTEL), and sitting for the Praxis II exam and successful completion of all CAGS components.

The CAGS in School Psychology Program admits students for the fall semester only. The Priority Application deadline for submitting an application is March 1. The School Psychology Program welcomes application from students who share our interests in commitment to the delivery of psychological services in a diverse society. Diversity among students in the program is expected, however it is anticipated all applicants will possess a Bachelor’s degree, with appropriate course work or complete such coursework during the beginning phases of training.

Following formal application and meeting criteria for admittance to the Graduate School at Worcester State University, the School Psychology Program utilizes multiple criteria for admission:

1. An overall undergraduate grade average of a B
2. An undergraduate major or concentration in Psychology*
3. Passing score on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test is strongly recommended.

**Students may be admitted to the program from a variety of academic backgrounds. However, it is expected that an appropriate number of courses in psychology may be required in the initial phases of training. The faculty reserves the right to determine those courses to be taken. This preparatory coursework will not directly apply to the Course requirements for the C.A.G.S. in School Psychology.

We offer you a cadre of professionals, faculty, adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors who view ourselves as partners and mentors with our students, as you undertake this arduous, yet satisfying journey.

For information regarding the application process and requirements please go to http://www.worcester.edu/Graduate/Shared%20Documents/graduateadmissions.aspx

For information regarding the MTEL test please go to:
http://www.mtel.nesinc.com/

For information regarding the PRAXIS tests please click on the following link.
http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/menuitem

For descriptions of the school psychology courses please go to:
http://worcester.edu/Graduate/Shared%20Documents/GradPsychologyCourses.aspx

FALL YEAR ONE

EP 90               Introduction to School Psychology: Ethical   
                                    Standards, Legal Issues and Professional    
                                    Topics
            EP 920             Research, Design and Evaluation
            EP 902             Intro to Counseling Theory, Practice and
                                    Psychotherapy
            EP 903             Principles of Cognitive and Psycho-Educational
                                    Assessment & Intervention I
            EP 903L            Assessment/Intervention Lab

SPRING YEAR ONE

            EP 904             Principles of Cognitive and Psycho-Educational
                                    Assessment & Intervention II
            EP 904L            Assessment/Intervention LAB
            EP 905             Assessment for Intervention: Social, Emotions
                                    and Behavior
            EP 921             Human Development: Lifespan
            EP 927                         Exceptionalities: Identification, Processes
                                    & Intervention

SUMMER YEAR ONE

            EP 907             Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
            EP 930             Group Processes, Theories and Practice

FALL YEAR TWO

            EP 906             Personality Assessment I
            EP 922             Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
            EP 923             Learning: Principles, Theories and Applications
            EP 990             Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology I

SPRING YEAR TWO

            EP 925             Advanced Counseling Theory, Practice
                                    and Psychotherapy
            EP 929             Fundamentals of Consultation: Theory
                                    and Practice
            EP 926             Family Systems: Theory and Practice
            EP 991             Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology II

SUMMER YEAR TWO

            EP 908             Community Psychology
            EP 924             Principles of Neuropsychology

FALL YEAR THREE

            EP 928             Applied Neuropsychology in the Schools
            EP 992             Seminar & Internship in School Psychology I

SPRING YEAR THREE

            EP 932              Seminar: Neuropsychology in Schools (Elective)
            EP 993              Seminar & Internship in School Psychology II

This is a full-time program totally 69 credits after 3 years (6 consecutive semesters, 2 complete summers, Spring graduation)

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