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Ed.S. in School Psychology

Program Mission and Description

The mission of the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) program in School Psychology at The Citadel is to prepare students to become scientist practitioners. This model sees the school psychologist as a data-based problem-solver at the individual, group, and systems level. The concept includes the interaction of the student in the classroom, the school system, the family and the community. The Ed.S. degree emphasizes application of psychological principles, knowledge, and skills in relating to the process and problems of education.

Graduates of the program typically work in school settings (elementary and secondary) although many of our graduates work in alternative settings including hospitals, private practice, and community agencies. Several students have also pursued doctoral degrees in school psychology or related fields. The roles and responsibilities of the school psychologist are numerous and varied. At a core level, school psychologists provide a range of services that are intended to positively impact children, families, and the school setting. Specific services for which school psychologists may be responsible include (but are not limited to) evaluation of children who present with learning difficulties, consultation with parents and teachers (and other school personnel), and design as well as implementation of interventions that target the specific needs of the student, classroom, or broader system.

The School Psychology Program at The Citadel is fully approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and trains students for academic eligibility for certification at the "School Psychologist II" level. Additionally, the program has been approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) since 1987-88, making graduates fully eligible for national certification as a school psychologist (NCSP).

Completion of 75 credit hours of coursework, including 1200 clock hours of internship across two semesters, is necessary for conferral of the Ed.S. A minimum of three years is necessary in order to fully complete all program requirements.

Application Procedures and Admissions Requirements

Application materials for the School Psychology Program can be requested from The Citadel Graduate College, The Citadel, Charleston, SC 29409; (843) 953-5089; or online (see below). All application requirements must be completed and materials submitted to The Citadel Graduate College by March 15th for consideration of admission to the program.

Admission to the School Psychology Program is based on a competitive review of application materials. All applicants must submit for review:

1. An official transcript of the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate and graduate work directly from an accredited college or university. Minimum requirements for consideration include an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or graduate grade point average of 3.0).

2. A current (within five years of application) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 297 (minimum of 150 on the verbal reasoning section and 147 on the quantitative section). The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) can be substituted for GRE scores with prior permission from the Coordinator of Admissions (843-953-5320). A minimum score of 410 on the MAT is required.

3. A completed graduate admissions questionnaire as well as a School Psychology Program Admissions Questionnaire.

4. Two letters of reference.

5. Complete and return a graduate application form, along with appropriate non-refundable application fee, to The Citadel Graduate College (CGC), Bond Hall Room 101.

Program Requirements and Training

The School Psychology Program encourages students to apply a multi-faceted approach to understanding, evaluating, and intervening in problem areas at the individual, group, and/or systems level. Training follows the guidelines for NASP-approved programs and endorses the ethical stance of both NASP and APA relative to the practice of psychology, and school psychology, in particular. With these goals in mind, the program is comprised of four interacting components as follows:

1. Core knowledge areas provide an initial focus on psychological foundations as a basis for more specialized training with an emphasis on the role, functions, and scope of the profession of school psychology. The cluster of courses that comprise the psychological foundations component include:

Course Number

Course Title

PSYC 500 Human Growth and Development
PSYC 501 Principles of Behavior and Cognitive Change
PSYC 507 General Psychopathology: Assessment & Differential Diagnosis
PSYC 508 Counseling and Personality Theories
PSYC 512 Ethics, Roles, & Law
PSYC 523 Statistics and Research Design
PSYC 525 Basic Counseling Techniques
PSYC 549 Applied Measurement Techniques
PSYC 553 Introduction to Family Dynamics
PSYC 561 Social-Multicultural Perspectives

 

2. Acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills building on the psychological foundations component. Courses that support acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills in applied settings include:

Course Number

Course Title

PSYC 502 Psychological & Educational Exceptionalities: Child/Adolescent
PSYC 503 Objective Assessment
PSYC 504 Special Techniques in Assessment
PSYC 505 Personality, Social, & Emotional Assessment
PSYC 602 Social & Biological Basis of Child & Adolescent Behavior
PSYC 605 Systems Theory & Consultation: Prevention and Intervention
PSYC 606 Educational Interventions
PSYC 607 Behavioral and Emotional Interventions
PSYC 612 Reading Assessment and Interventions: A Neuropsychological Approach
PSYC 620 Contemporary Issues in School Psychology

 

3. Acquisition of knowledge and skills critical to functioning as a data-based problem-solver in applied settings. This cluster of courses provides supervised, hands-on training in assessment and intervention skills within school settings, developmental evaluation clinics, and other appropriate settings. Courses which facilitate this process include:

Course Number

Course Title

PSYC 615 Practicum in School Psychology I
PSYC 616 Practicum in School Psychology II
PSYC 617 Consultation & Intervention Practicum I
PSYC 618 Consultation & Intervention Practicum II
PSYC 621 Internship in School Psychology I
PSYC 622 Internship in School Psychology II

 

4. A realistic experience as a scientist-practitioner in gathering and analyzing data relative to a topic of concern to the student and associated with issues relevant to children, professionals, and/or schools. This experience builds on PSYC 549 and PSYC 523 and culminates in a defended thesis.

Course Number

Course Title

PSYC 599 Thesis

Please consult the CGC Catalog for course descriptions

Program Documents

School Psychology Program Handbook 2013-14

 

 

 

School Psychology Program Handbook 2012-13

Thesis Manual
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