The Valparaiso University M.Ed./EDS degree in School Psychology is now approved by NASP!
This 68 credit hour program combines coursework from both the Departments of Education and Psychology. Students completing this program will acquire knowledge, dispositions, and professional skills to function in school settings as licensed School Psychologists, and will be trained within the Pragmatic Model of School Psychology. It is the goal of the Valparaiso University School Psychology Program to provide school psychology training in accordance with standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Indiana Department of Education's Division of Professional Standards. At the conclusion of this integrated sequence of study, students will have earned both the Master of Foundations and the Educational Specialist degree. Graduates of this program will also qualify for licensure as School Psychologists in the State of Indiana.
Program of Study
The Valparaiso University School Psychology Program is designed for completion in three years of full-time study. This includes two years of sequenced coursework, which includes summer months, plus the yearlong 1200 clock-hour internship that is completed under the supervision of a licensed or credentialed school psychologist. Field-training requirements are integrated throughout the entire sequence of the program, and must typically be completed during hours in which elementary and secondary schools are in session. However, if a candidate, at some point, may need to complete the program on a part-time basis due to circumstances outside of his or her control, the program will design a plan for such a contingency.
|M.Ed. Education and Psychological Foundations||33 credits|
||Foundations of Literacy Development
||Assessment & Management of the Learning Environment||3 cr|
|COUN 620||Human Development: Biological & Learned Bases of Behavior
|COUN 625||Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior
|SPSY 600||Introduction to School Psychology & Educational Systems
||Academic Achievement: Assessment for Intervention
|SPSY 630||Cognitive Ability: Assessment for Intervention
||Professional Issues, Ethics, & Law
|Choose Elective||3 cr|
|One of the following:
||Consultation in School & Community Settings
||Human Neuropsychology in Counseling & School Settings
|Ed.S. Education Specialist Component||35 credits|
|ED 610||Research in Education||3 cr|
||Decision Making in Curriculum & Instruction
||Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories
||Helping Relationships: Counseling Processes
||Socialization & Development of Life Skills||3 cr|
|SPSY 679/681||Practicum in School Psychology||6 cr|
|SPSY 683/684||Internship in School Psychology||6 cr|
||Statistical Interpretation for School Program Evaluation
|Choose Elective||3 cr|
|One of the following:|
|SPSY 660||Consultation in School & Community Settings||3 cr|
|COUN 575||Human Neuropsychology in Counseling & School Settings||3 cr|
|ED 504||Educational Psychology||3 cr|
|ED 529||Literacy in the Elementary School||3 cr|
|ED 560||Literacies in the Content Areas||3 cr|
|ED 690||Seminar in Education||3 cr|
|SPED 547||Characteristics of Individuals with Mild Disabilities||3 cr|
|SPED 550||Models of Collaboration & Consultation in Special Education||3 cr|
|SPED 551||Applied Behavior Analysis||3 cr|
|SPED 590||Current Issues in Special Education||1-3 cr|
|SPED 590||Special Topics in School Psychology||1-3 cr|
|SPSY 690||Advanced Topics in School Psychology||1-3 cr|
|COUN 545||Community & Health Counseling||3 cr|
|COUN 635||Introduction to Psychopathology||3 cr|
|COUN 664||Career Counseling: Appraisal & Intervention||3 cr|
|COUN 665||Family Counseling & Dynamics||3 cr|
|COUN 682||Practicum in School Counseling||3 cr|
|COUN 691||Advanced Topics in Counseling||3 cr|
|PSY 550||Human Cognition||3 cr|
|PSY 590||Special Topics in Psychology||1-3 cr|
Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates
Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in School Psychology prior to graduation. This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs. For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.
What can you expect?
Graduate study at Valparaiso University requires diligence and motivation. The School Psychology program is rigorous, both in its academic challenge and in its demand to prepare students to meet licensure requirements. Students work closely with both faculty and peers. They are assigned faculty advisers who provide course selection and career guidance and who oversee practicum and internship training. Students quickly form peer networks and learning cohort groups with other education and psychology students, a process that enriches the learning experience and increases the overall resources of the group.
Criteria For Admission
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to The Graduate School, applicants should note the following requirements for both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. components of the program:
As part of the application process, students must provide:
Admission is offered only for the fall semester, with priority given to applications submitted by March 1.
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.
Each year, several school assistantships, awarded in conjunction with local school districts, may be awarded to 2-3 full-time students in the school psychology program. These assistantships provide a stipend of approximately $5,200 and a 1 course tuition benefit each year. Responsibilities for assistants are worked out with each individual school district and usually require substitute teaching and other activities related to professional development in school psychology.
For more information about the Master of Education/Education Specialist in School Psychology program
To learn more about the Master of Education/Education Specialist program, visit their department website at http://www.valpo.edu/education/programs/schoolpsychology/index.php.
Are you interested in learning more?
Request more information from the Office of the Graduate School.
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