2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1
Education Specialist in School Psychology Degree Program (State Certification/36 Credit Hours)
Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, Sarasota
The Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology state certification degree program is dedicated to producing ethical, responsible, and competent school psychologists who can serve effectively in a range of professional roles within the school settings. The program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential to the preparation of school psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services to diverse populations. Students have the opportunity to develop core competencies in psychological and educational foundations; cognitive, academic, and personality assessment; psychoeducational interventions, statistics and research methodology, and research initiatives. This 36 credit hour degree program, based on standards developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue certification at the EdS level.
National Association of School Psychologist (NASP)
The Arizona Education Specialist EdS in School Psychology program received program accreditation by the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) in 2014. To view NASP approved programs visit http://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/graduate-program-approval/nasp-approved-programs
The EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program is approved by the Arizona Department of Education and the Florida Department of Education to lead to school psychology certification upon completion of all program and state requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
2.1 Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability – Knowledge
2.1.1 School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of assessment and data collection methods for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and measuring progress and outcomes.
2.1 Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability – Skills
2.1A.Candidates use psychological and educational assessment, data collection strategies, and technology resources as part of a comprehensive process of effective decision making and problem solving that permeates all aspects of service delivery.
2.1D.Candidates use assessment and data collection methods to evaluate response to, progress in, and outcomes for services in order to promote improvement and effectiveness.
2.2 Consultation and Collaboration – Knowledge
2.2.1 School psychologists have knowledge of varied methods of consultation, collaboration, and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups, and systems and used to promote effective implementation of services.
2.2 Consultation and Collaboration – Skills
2.2A.Candidates apply consultation methods, collaborate, and communicate effectively with others as part of a comprehensive process that permeates all aspects of service delivery.
2.3 Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills - Knowledge
2.3.1 School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, and social influences on academic skills; human learning, cognitive, and developmental processes; and evidence based curriculum and instructional strategies.
2.3 Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills - Skills
2.3A.Candidates use assessment and data collection methods to develop and implement appropriate academic goals for children with diverse abilities, disabilities, backgrounds, strengths, and needs.
2.4 Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills – Knowledge
2.4.1 School psychologists have knowledge of biological, cultural, developmental, and social influences on behavior and mental health; behavioral and emotional impacts on learning and life skills; and evidence-based strategies to promote social–emotional functioning and mental health.
2.4 Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills – Skills
2.4A. Candidates use assessment and data collection methods to develop and implement appropriate social–emotional, behavioral, and mental health goals for children with diverse abilities, disabilities, backgrounds, strengths, and needs.
2.5 School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning – Knowledge
2.5.1 School psychologists have knowledge of school and systems structure, organization, and theory; general and special education; technology resources; and evidence-based school practices that promote academic outcomes, learning, social development, and mental health.
2.5 School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning – Skills
2.5A. Candidates design and implement evidence-based practices and policies in, for example, areas such as discipline, instructional support, staff training, school improvement activities, program evaluation, student transitions at all levels of schooling, grading, home–school partnerships, etc.
2.6 Preventive and Responsive Services – Knowledge
2.6.1 School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to resilience and risk factors in learning and mental health, services in schools and communities to support multi-tiered prevention, and evidence-based strategies for effective crisis response.
2.6 Preventive and Responsive Services – Skills
2.6A. Candidates promote environments, contexts, and services for children that enhance learning, mental and physical well-being, and resilience through protective and adaptive factors and that prevent academic problems, bullying, violence, and other risks.
2.6D. Candidates contribute to, design, implement, and/or evaluate services for crisis prevention, preparation, response, and recovery at the individual, family, and systems levels and that take into account diverse needs and characteristics.
2.7 Family–School Collaboration Services - Knowledge
2.7.1 School psychologists have knowledge of principles and research related to family systems, strengths, needs, and culture; evidence-based strategies to support family influences on children’s learning, socialization, and mental health; and methods to develop collaboration between families and schools.
2.7 Family–School Collaboration Services - Skills
2.7A. Candidates design and implement evidence-based practices and policies that facilitate family–school partnerships and interactions with community agencies to enhance academic, learning, social, and mental health outcomes for all children.
2.8 Diversity in Development and Learning – Knowledge
2.8.1 School psychologists have knowledge of individual differences, abilities, disabilities, and other diverse characteristics; principles and research related to diversity factors for children, families, and schools, including factors related to culture, context, and individual and role differences; and evidence-based strategies to enhance services and address potential influences related to diversity.
2.8 Diversity in Development and Learning – Skills
2.8A. Candidates provide effective professional services in data-based decision making, consultation and collaboration, and direct and indirect services for individuals, families, and schools with diverse characteristics, cultures, and backgrounds and across multiple contexts, with recognition that an understanding of and respect for diversity and in development and learning is a foundation for all aspects of service delivery.
2.8D. Candidates provide culturally competent and effective practices in all areas of school psychology service delivery and in the contexts of diverse individual, family, school, and community characteristics.
2.9 Research and Program Evaluation – Knowledge
2.9.1 School psychologists have knowledge of research design, statistics, measurement, varied data collection and analysis techniques, and program evaluation methods sufficient for understanding research and interpreting data in applied settings.
2.9 Research and Program Evaluation – Skills
2.9A. Candidates evaluate and synthesize a cumulative body of research and its findings as a foundation for effective service delivery.
2.9B. Candidates provide assistance in schools and other settings for analyzing, interpreting, designing, and applying empirical evidence as a foundation for effective practices at the individual, group, and/or systems levels.
2.10 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice – Knowledge
2.10.1 School psychologists have knowledge of the history and foundations of school psychology; multiple service models and methods; ethical, legal, and professional standards; and other factors related to professional identity and effective practice as school psychologists.
2.10 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice – Skills
2.10A. Candidates provide services consistent with ethical and professional standards in school psychology.
2.10B. Candidates provide services consistent with legal standards and regulations relevant for practice in settings in which school psychologists work.
2.10H. Candidates advocate for school psychologists’ professional roles to provide effective services, ensure access to their services, and enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
The application process for admission into the EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program requires the submission of all materials that will enable the School Psychology Admissions Committee to verify the applicant’s academic qualifications to enroll at a graduate professional school.
To be considered for application the applicants must possess the following:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution
- Successful completion of Argosy University’s Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Psychology degree program or equivalent degrees reviewed by the faculty for coursework
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework (including all graduate work)
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy.”
- Evidence of Criminal Background Check*
- Completion of an interview with a member of the program Admissions Committee
All applications for admission will be submitted to the Admissions Department and will include at least the following:
- Completed Application for Admission Form
- Personal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
- Current résumé (or current summary)
- Three completed Applicant Recommendation Forms
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
- Assessment of applicant’s personal integrity, maturity, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate
* Students at Argosy University, Phoenix are required to present a photocopy of valid Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Clearance Card (plastic) issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Foundation Course Requirements
Entering students’ transcripts at the graduate level must include evidence of coursework in the following areas:
School Psychology Courses:
- History and Foundations of School Psychology
- Cognitive Assessment
- Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations in Multiple Settings
- Academic Assessment
Where such coursework in lacking, students applying to the EdS in School Psychology degree program must complete these courses at Argosy University within the first 12 months of admittance into the program.
To be eligible for the awarding of the EdS degree, candidates enrolled in the EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program must meet the following requirements:
- Satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours that includes
- 24 credit hours of core courses
- 6 credit hours of practicum (minimum of 500 clock hours)
- 6 credit hours of internship (minimum of 1200 clock hours)
- A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), and a grade of “B-” or better in all required courses
- Successful passage of PRAXIS II
- Completion of all degree requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program
- Completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
Arizona School Psychologist Certification Requirements
Graduation from the EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program does not guarantee certification. To qualify for certification, the following condition must be met:
- Successful completion of all program requirements including any foundation courses.
* The EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program leads to Arizona Department of Education School Psychologist certification.
The EdS in School Psychology Program at Argosy University, Phoenix is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Candidates who receive the EdS in School Psychology from Argosy University, Phoenix may apply to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) using the application process for graduates of NASP-approved programs.
Students enrolled in the EdS in School Psychology state certification degree program are required to complete 36 semester credit hours distributed as follows: core course requirements, 24 credit hours; practicum requirements, 6 credit hours; internship requirements, 6 credit hours.