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School Psychology

Overview, Admission Requirements, Curriculum

School Psychology, M.A./PPS


For the 2011-2012 academic year, the School Psychology Department is accepting candidates who are currently pursuing or have an advanced degree and are interested in obtaining a school psychologist credential. Our program is specific towards perparing students for Previously earned credits will be evaluated on a individual basis for transfer credit towards the credential. Persons with a qualifying degree and those already possessing a PPS credential may have certain requirements waived.

Mission Statement
The Phillips Graduate Institute School Psychology Masters Program provides future school psychologists with a solid academic foundation in both psychology and education. The program and faculty are committed to the development of each student’s academic knowledge and professional skills, complemented by self-awareness, regard for others, and respect for cultural and individual differences.

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes


Program Goal 1: Students gain knowledge of legal and ethical standards related to school psychology. Students gain competency in the area of legal and ethical standards related to school psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1.1 Students identify legal and ethical issues underlying the practice of school psychology.
1.2 Students use their knowledge of legal and ethical standards in the practice of school
psychology.

Program Goal 2: Students will summarize and synthesize theoretical models used in the profession of school psychology. Students will apply theoretical models in their practice of school psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
2.1 Students identify and synthesize theoretical models used in the profession of school
psychology.
2.2 Students identify and apply theoretical models in their recommendations in the
development and implementation of classroom behavioral interventions.

Program Goal 3: Students evaluate research related to school psychology. Students use research to inform their practice in school psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:
3.1 Students critically use research and new knowledge to apply the practice of school
psychology.
3.2 Students understand and communicate research findings to address school and individual
pupil needs.

Program Goal 4: Students understand the process of assessment and intervention relevant to the field of school psychology. Students formulate appropriate intervention strategies based on assessment practices.

Student Learning Outcomes:
4.1 Students demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of commonly used school-based
assessment methods for identifying pupil needs, strengths and challenges.
4.2 Students formulate appropriate intervention strategies for pupils based on assessment
findings by working cooperatively with other school personnel.

Program Goal 5: Students practice cultural competency in a professional capacity as a school psychologist. Students facilitate policies that create an environment sensitive to individuals of diverse populations and learning style.

Student Learning Outcomes:
5.1 Students synthesize their knowledge of individual and family issues related to culture,
ethnicity, socioeconomic status and gender differences with learning theory.
5.2 Students demonstrate sensitivity and skills needed to work with pupils, parents and
educators of diverse populations.

Program Goal 6: Students have professional identities as school psychologists and are committed to continuous self-directed learning to refine professional skills.

Student Learning Outcomes:
6.1 Students synthesize all aspects of learning in the development and presentation of an
integrated professional identity as a school psychologist.


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