PsyD in School Psychology

Curriculum Map

The MA/CAGS level of the Program consists of coursework and related field work through which the candidate earns 66 semester credits over 3 years of full time study. This provides the candidate with the essential skills, knowledge, and credentials to function as a licensed psychologist in school- and education-related roles.

The PsyD phase of the program consists of advanced coursework that enables candidates to broaden their scope of practice, enhance their effectiveness in leadership and supervisory roles, and deliver specialized services that schools do not routinely offer. This brings the total coursework requirement to 120 credits (124 if internship is completed over a two year period). Upon subsequent completion of a supervised post-graduation professional experience, a Program graduate may qualify for licensure as a psychologist.


Required Core Courses: MA/CAGS Level
SCH CP501 - Orientation to the Profession and its Practice (credits: 0) 
SCH IA520 - Instructional Assessment and Intervention (credits: 3) 1
SCH RS526 - Statistics (credits: 3) 1 2
SCH LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3) 2
SCH SN512 - Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (credits: 3) 
SCH FP501 - Practicum I: School Environment and Educational Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH PA500 - Psychoeducational Assessment (credits: 3) 
SCH BC521 - Behavioral Assessment, Intervention, and Consultation (credits: 3) 1
SCH PY521 - Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence (credits: 3) 2
SCH RS555 - Research and Evaluation Methods (credits: 3) 1
SCH FP502 - Practicum II: Pscyhoeducational Assessment and Intervention (credits: 3) 
SCH CC522 - Diversity and Cross Cultural Psychology (credits: 3) 2
SCH PH501 - Preventive Mental Health in the Schools (credits: 2) 
SCH PA600 - Social-Emotional Assessment (credits: 3) 
SCH CX610 - Counseling and Psychotherapy in Schools (credits: 3) 
SCH GR611 - Group Process and Group Therapy (credits: 3) 1
SCH FP601 - Practicum III: Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
SCH PS630 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology (credits: 3) 2
SCH BL622 - Biological Basis of Behavior and Learning (credits: 3) 2
SCH CO650 - Consultation In Schools (credits: 3) 1
SCH FP602 - Practicum IV: Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
SCH FP701 - Internship A (credits: 2) 
SCH CS701 - Internship Seminar A (credits: 3) 
SCH FP702 - Internship B (credits: 2) 
SCH CS702 - Internship Seminar B (credits: 3) 

Required Core Courses: PsyD Level
Psychological Foundations (all required except RS626)
SCH CA601 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (credits: 3) 2 
SCH PS600 - History and Systems (credits: 2) 2
SCH PS603 - Social Bases of Behavior (credits: 3) 2
SCH RS626 - Statistics in School Psychology (credits: 2) 3

System Interventions and Indirect Services (all required)
SCH CO780 - Advanced Consultation Skills in Schools (credits: 3)
SCH SU820 - Supervision and Administration of School Psychological Services (credits: 2) 4

Psychoeducational Theory and Practice (2 courses required)
SCH IA772 - Learning Disabilities: Research to Practice (credits: 2) 
SCH IA774 - Academic Intervention (credits: 2) 
SCH IA776 - Preschool Services: Assessment and Intervention (credits: 2) 
SCH IA777 - Autism Spectrum Disorders (credits: 2) 

Assessment (all required)
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH PA700 - Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH PA725 - Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment: Children and Adolescents (credits: 2)

Clinical Interventions (3 courses required)
SCH BX710 - Advanced Behavioral Techniques with Children and Families (credits: 3) (required) 
SCH CL521 - Clinical Interviewing with Children and Families (credits: 2) (required)
SCH CX770 - Brief Counseling in School Practice (credits: 2) 
SCH FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3) 

PsyD Level Practica (all required)
SCH FP721 - Practicum in Advanced Assessment I (credits: 2)(required)
SCH FP722 - Practicum in Advanced Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH FP725 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services (credits: 3)(required)
SCH FP726 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services II (credits: 3)(required)

Doctoral Project (7 credits)
SCH PR825 - Doctoral Project I: Orientation (credits: 1) 
SCH PR826 - Doctoral Project II: Advanced Research Methods (credits: 3) 2
SCH PR827 - Doctoral Project III: Project Design and Development (credits: 1) 
SCH PR925 - Doctoral Project IV: Individual Mentorship (credits: 2) 
SCH PR950 - Continuing Doctoral Project (credits: 0)(tuition only, at 3 credit rate)
SCH PR951 - Continuing Doctoral Project (credits: 0)(tuition only, at 3 credit rate) 5
SCH FP801 - Internship (credits: 2)
SCH FP802 - Internship (credits: 2) 
SCH FP803 - Internship (credits: 2)(2nd year, if applicable)
SCH FP803 - Internship (credits: 2)(2nd year, if applicable)

Additional Elective Courses
SCH CC549 - The Hispanic/Latino Experience (Introduction Latino Culture) (credits: 1) 
SCH CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
SCH CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 
SCH CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Populations I (credits: 1) 
SCH CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Populations II (credits: 1) 
SCH FP727 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services III (credits: 2) (second year)
SCH FP728 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services IV (credits: 2) (second year)
SCH FP831 - Practicum in Supervision and Administration (credits: 1) 
SCH FX600 - Infant, Toddler, Parent Intervention (credits: 2) 
SCH GT520 - Gender Theory (credits: 2) 
SCH HP530 - Theoretical Foundations in Clinical Health Psychology (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
SCH PA735 - Rorschach Essentials (credits: 3) 
SCH PA777 - ADOS Training for Autism Assessment (credits: 1) 
SCH PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2)
SCH PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3) 
SCH PY750 - Ecology of Child Behavioral Health: Prevention, Intervention, & Public Policy (credits: 3) 
SCH SB631 - Eating Disorders (credits: 3) 
SCH XX550 - Directed Study (1 or 2 credits)

Footnotes:
[1] Either a 2 credit or a 3 credit course may qualify for advanced standing credit, as described above
[2] Required coursework for psychology licensure
[3] Advanced standing students with prior coursework in measurement may take RS626 in place of RS526
[4] An optional field experience (FP831) is associated with this course.
[5] PR951, unlike PR950, does not have a 20 hour/week contractual requirement. Registration for PR951 alone does not qualify for half-time enrollment and continued eligibility for Federal Title IV financial aid.

Additional Program Requirements

  1. Assessment and Planning Conference. All students participate in an individualized Assessment and Planning (A&P) Conference at the conclusion of each year in the program. A&P Conferences serve two essential functions: (1) overall assessment of a student's performance in all areas of the program and (2) individualized degree planning. A&P Conferences establish and assure clear academic and professional standards, while identifying and assessing a student’s unique background, interests, learning goals, and professional aspirations.
  2. Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) or Equivalent. A passing score on the Communications and Literacy Skills test of the MTEL is a program requirement, as it is required for licensure as an educator in Massachusetts. Students admitted to PsyD level with advanced standing must meet the MTEL requirement or the equivalent literacy test for educator licensure for the state in which the student resides.
  3. Praxis II Assessment. Students must obtain a passing score on the School Psychologist Praxis II assessment to demonstrate foundational knowledge of comprehensive and integrated school psychological services. Students typically take this exam near the end of year two of the MA/CAGS level. They may take the exam again to attain a passing score, but must do so to qualify for transition to the PsyD level of the Program. Students admitted with advanced standing should take the Praxis II assessment soon after they matriculate if they have not already met this program requirement.  A passing score on the Praxis II is a requirement to obtain certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and is also a requirement for Massachusetts licensure as a school psychologist at the professional level. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the NCSP credential upon completion of the MA/CAGS level of the Program, when they are first eligible to do so.
  4. Measurement Competency Examination. Students in the first year of PsyD-level coursework take a measurement competency examination to ensure they have the essential foundational skills for psychological assessment and other professional. Students must obtain a passing score of 80% correct.

Course Schedule and Format

At the MA/CAGS level of the program, students are in classes and field placements during daytime and evening hours, Monday through Friday during Fall and Spring semesters. In the summer after Year 1 only, students attend summer session classes from mid-May to early July. 

The PsyD level of the Program begins with summer courses in the fourth year of study. A significant proportion of PsyD-level courses are offered during Summer Session 2, in July and August.  A typical course load for PsyD-level students is four courses each summer, yielding 8 to 10 credits, and two courses each Fall and Spring semester, yielding 4 to 8 credits each semester, for a total of approximately 20 credits per year.

During the school year, core courses are scheduled during the late afternoon and evening, with most courses offered on Mondays and Thursdays. Occasionally, a class meets on a weekend.

For Summer Session 2 courses, a typical schedule for a 2-credit course is two weeks of half-day classes and a typical schedule for a 3-credit course is three weeks of half day classes. The tentative dates for Summer Session 2 in 2016 are as follows:

July 11—Orientation
July 11-15—Instruction Week 1
July 18-22—Instruction Week 2
July 25-29—Instruction Week 3
August 1-5—Reading Week
August 8-12—Instruction Week 4
August 15-19—Instruction Week 5

Students who enter the Program at the MA/CAGS level should expect to complete the PsyD level of the Program in 3 years, completing the doctoral internship in the final year. Students who enter the Program as an advanced standing student at the PsyD level should expect to complete the PsyD level of the Program in 4 years, completing the doctoral internship in the final year.  The Program affords some flexibility in the pace at which the PsyD level is completed. Completing the doctoral internship over a two-year period will typically add an additional year to Program completion time.  

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