School Psychology Certification

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with School Psychology Certification

The combined M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with School Psychology Certification prepares graduates to work in school systems as certified school psychologists. Students also obtain experience delivering mental health services in other settings. The school psychology curriculum emphasizes the development and application of assessment, consultation, intervention, and counseling skills in the school setting. Course scheduling is done with advisement.

 

Program Competencies and Expected Outcomes

Upon program completion, successful students will demonstrate the ability to improve the academic, behavioral, and socioemotional competencies of children and youth, and to enhance the capacities of the systems in which they work. Specifically, they will demonstrate the following competencies, which are informed by and consistent with the National Association of School Psychologists' education and training standards:

  1. Foundational competencies:
    • Interpersonal and collaborative skills
    • Diversity awareness and sensitive service delivery
    • Technological applications
    • Professional, legal, ethical, and social responsibility
  2. Functional competencies:
    • Data-based decision making and accountability
    • Systems-based service delivery
    • Enhancing the development of cognitive and academic skills
    • Enhancing the development of wellness, social skills, mental health, and life competencies

 

Prerequisites

Statistics [undergraduate (3) or GEN 517 (1)]

Personality [for non-psychology majors: undergraduate (3) or PSYC 517 (1)]

 

Requirements

Core (9 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
GEN 501 Human Development 3
GEN 502 Methods of Research 3
GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations 3
OR    
PSYC 604 Group Process (as determined by advisement) 3
GEN 600 Comprehensive Examination 0

 

Required Concentration (54 credits)

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSYC 599 Comprehensive Examination in Psychology 0
PSYC 607 Treatment of Children and Adolescents 3
PSYC 610 Children with Exceptional Needs 3
PSYC 617 Ethical & Professional Issues 3
PSYC 635 Neuropsychology and Learning with Children and Adolescents 3
PSYC 640 Diversity Counseling 3
PSYC 642 Instruction and Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners 3
PSYC 654 Principles of Academic Assessment, Instruction and Intervention 3
PSYC 655 School Consultation and Curriculum Design 3
PSYC 663 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 664 Assessment I: Cognitive 3
PSYC 666 Assessment III: Psychoeducational Lab 3
PSYC 668 Counseling Theories and Techniques I 3
PSYC 669 Counseling Theories and Techniques II 3
PSYC 672 Seminar II in Counseling Psychology 3
PSYC 676 Seminar I: School Psychology Practicum 3
PSYC 677 Seminar II: School Psychology Practicum 3
PSYC 680 Seminar I: School Psychology Internship 3
PSYC 681 Seminar II: School Psychology Internship 3

 

Immaculata is committed to following standards for school psychology training mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and the University reserves the right to make changes in the school psychology program should such change be mandated by PDE during a catalog period.

 

For more information, contact:
Psy.D. Clinical: Jed Yalof, Psy.D. jyalof@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3505
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Sr. Jeannine O'Kane, IHM, Ph.D. jokane@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3021
School Psychology: Marie McGrath, Ph.D. mmcgrath@immaculata.edu phone: (610) 647-4400 x3021

 


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