School Psychology

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Dual Degree
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Adult Education
Description 1

The Morgridge College of Education's MA in school psychology allows you to build the skills and understanding needed to help students of all backgrounds and developmental abilities flourish. The primary goal of the program is to provide knowledge on the various environmental, neurobiological and cultural factors that impact child development. This hands-on program allows you to pursue internships and research opportunities through such DU institutions as the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic, the Ricks Center for Gifted Education and the Fisher Early Learning Center, as well as various community partners.

Description 2

As a full-time student, you can complete the MA program in one year (four quarters). Many students who achieve the MA use it as a springboard into our PhD program. You'll be able to leave DU prepared to help solve problems and collaborate with diverse students, families, schools and communities. School psychology is a rapidly expanding field, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this profession will grow 20 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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Begin your degree path to pursuing doctoral work in our School Psychology (SP) program. Our Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is not a terminal degree—it is your starting point for a Ph.D.

You will begin building a strong understanding of the diverse environmental, neurobiological, and cultural influences that impact child development.

As a full-time M.A. student, you will complete this degree program in one year or four quarters. This degree prepares you to apply to a Ph.D. program in school psychology or a related field.


Learning Outcomes

  • Application of contemporary, scientifically-based knowledge of typical and atypical development from birth to age 21 within the core areas of cognition and learning, language and communication, motor and movement, social-emotional and adaptive behavior.

  • Family sensitive practice that acknowledges the impact of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and linguistic factors on the learning and development of students and families from diverse backgrounds.

  • Collaborative problem-solving with school, family and community professionals leading to practical applications of human learning and development theory and a full continuum of empirically valid prevention and intervention strategies to promote mental health, learning, and physical well-being for students in regular and special education.

  • Recursive data-based decision-making and goal-setting using a broad array of assessment approaches, the results of which are functionally linked to program interventions and services that result in measurable positive academic, social-emotional and behavioral outcomes.

  • The ability to design, implement, and appraise a continuum of universal, targeted, and intensive individual, group, family, classroom, district or community mental health agency interventions and educational services intended to create and maintain safe and supportive environments for learners of all abilities and with diverse needs.

  • Program development and evaluation that include, but are not limited to, progress monitoring, outcome accountability, and formative and summative evaluation of school, family and community partnerships to enhance academic, social-emotional and behavioral outcomes for students.

  • The ability to appraise and communicate empirical evidence and literature based on a thorough understanding of research design, measurement, and statistics.

  • Ethical, legal, and socially responsible practice in the professional fields of School Psychology and Child and Family studies that reflects current knowledge of public policy, federal and state legislation and regulations, and a strong professional identity.

  • Shared decision-making that utilizes information sources and technology to safeguard and enhance services and promote change at the individual, family, classroom, building, district or community level.

  • Advocacy that promotes wellness and ensures that prevention of learning, emotional and behavior problems commands as much attention, effort and resources as remediation.


Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 47-quarter credit hours, as well as an applied Capstone project.

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