School Psychology

Program Director: Joseph Engler, Ph.D., NCSP., ABSNP 

Education Specialist in School Psychology

Our Education Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) prepares candidates to become practicing School Psychologists in the state of Washington and across the nation as the program aims to prepare candidates who meet criteria as nationally certified school psychologists. Graduate preparation in school psychology educates and trains individuals to apply principles in psychology and education to support school-wide academic and social-emotional programs, collaborate with teams to identify student learning and behavioral problems, and develop evidence-based intervention plans.

In Washington State, school psychologists obtain a Residency Certificate as an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also provides national certification for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, and this certificate often assists with interstate recognition of training. In Washington, the NCSP provides a pathway to a Tier 2 Professional Certificate after 5 years of practice as a school psychologist.

Our program adheres to the standards of training set forth by NASP and culminates with a full-time or part-time, 1200-hour internship.

School psychology education and training builds on foundations in multiple disciplines. In that light, our program includes adapted courses from several School of Education (SOE) departments including Counselor Education and Educational Leadership & Administration. Additional courses specific to the field fulfill any outstanding requirements.

The curriculum is supported by regular coursework with departmental faculty, enhanced by field experiences in the schools, and the development of a professional portfolio. The scientist-practitioner orientation guides preparation for candidates to master and employ empirically validated methods of assessment, consultation, and intervention within NASP Practice Model Domains.

Admissions

Each applicant must submit the following materials to the SOE Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. A completed application form (see the SOE website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad) and non-refundable fee.
  2. A written statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s interest in graduate studies that relates to some area in the field, assessing the applicant’s current strengths, and describing what the applicant hopes to gain from an advanced graduate degree program.
  3. Three letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office using the Confidential Recommendation form (see the School of Education website).
  4. A resume.
  5. An official transcript from each college or university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy), final transcripts must bear a posted bachelor's degree. Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  6. Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  7. Submission of a financial declaration form and supporting documentation by each international applicant.

Prerequisites

  1. An appropriate bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  3. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 (if applicable).
  4. Successful completion of the following courses or equivalent at either the undergraduate or graduate level is recommended: introductory psychology, child development, research methods, statistics, and abnormal psychology. Candidates who lack prerequisites may still be admitted to the program.
  5. Acceptance of admission in the program carries with it the responsibility to uphold the published ethical standards of the NASP and the American Psychological Association (APA). Violation of ethical standards may result in termination from the program.

 

Program Outline: 68 credits

1st Semester: 15 credits
EDCE 588 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
EDSS 601 Psychology of Children with Exceptionalities 3 credits
EDSS 610 Foundations in School Psychology 3 credits
EDSS 630 Assessment in School Settings 3 credits
EDCE 639 Counseling Theories 3 credits
2nd Semester: 16 credits
EDSS 512 School Safety, Crisis Preparation, and Crisis Response 3 credits
EDCE 587 Child and Adolescent Counseling: 3 credits
EDLA 615 Research & Program Evaluation 3 credits
EDSS 670 Neuropsychological & Cognitive Assessment 3 credits
EDSS 671 Lab in Neuropsychological and Cognitive Assessment 1 credit
EDSS 680 Social-Emotional Assessment 3 credits
3rd Semester: 14 credits
EDSS 540 Legal Issues in School Psychology 3 credits
EDSS 626 Culture and Diversity 3 credits
EDSS 650 Applied Behavioral Analysis 3 credits
EDSS 641 Educational Leadership and Community 3 credits
EDSS 697A Practicum in School Psychology: K-12
         (200 clock hours)

2 credits

4th Semester: 13 credits
EDSS 627 Group Process & Facilitation 3 credits
EDLA 655 Multi-Tiered/Multi-Disciplinary Systems of Support 3 credits
EDSS 660 Consultation and Collaboration in School Psychology 3 credits
EDSS 685 Advanced Diagnostic Assessment 2 credits
EDSS 697B Practicum in School Psychology K-12
         (200 clock hours)
2 credits
5th Semester: 5 credits
EDSS 690A Professional Portfolio in School Psychology 1 credit
EDSS 698A Internship in School Psychology: K-12
         (600 clock hours)
4 credits
6th Semester: 5 credits
EDSS 690B Professional Portfolio in School Psychology 1 credit
EDSS 698B Internship in School Psychology: K-12
         (600 clock hours)
4 credits

 

Certification requirements for the state of Washington frequently change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the certification officer in the School of Education for the most current information regarding state certification.

EDSS 512 SchoolSafetyCrisisPrep&Respnse
3.00 credits
This course is designed to promote knowledge related to preventing school crises and responding appropriately if a school crisis occurs. It emphasizes current research to help inform school psychological practices and promotes recovery efforts to regain school stability. In addition, it examines risk and resilient factors necessary for safe and healthy schools.
EDSS 540 Legal Issues in School Psych
3.00 credits
The legal and ethical questions regarding the practice of School Psychology are examined in detail. Emphasis is placed on assessment, using assessment outcomes to develop individualized education programs, communicating with parents and staff, issues of due process and professional roles in special education.
EDSS 592 Independent Study
.00- 6.00 credits
Independent Study requires completion of a form, and department permission and cannot be registered for via ZAGWEB.
EDSS 601 Psych of Child with Exceptions
3.00 credits
This course provides candidates with an overview of special education. Etiology, characteristics, assessment, and treatment of major disabling conditions are covered. Philosophical, political, and pedagogical implications of past, current, and future services are analyzed. The link between these conditions with regard to educational placement decisions and least restrictive environments is emphasized.
EDSS 610 Foundations in School Pysch
3.00 credits
This course introduces prospective school psychologists to the profession. Subject matter and associated field-based assignments include role and function of the school psychologist; legal, ethical, and professional issues encountered; contextual dynamics specific to schools and communities; and, emerging technologies in school psychology. Review of educational law and influential cases that have shaped professional practice and the imperative to engage in collaborative, ethical, and culturally sensitive decision-making in School Psychology are emphasized.
EDSS 615 Research & Program Evaluation
3.00 credits
This course acquaints students with the language and tools of research and statistics as they serve to inform the practitioner. A specific goal of this course is to make research and statistics a subject with which students become comfortable and find application value in professional practice. Students review and abstract research articles, may present the outcomes of this review at a professional conference, and develop a research proposal. Statistical theory and techniques are developed in the areas of descriptive statistics (e.g., scales of measurement, distribution, central tendency) and inferential statistics (e.g., variance, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, t-tests, ANOVA, correlation and regression, Chi Square). This course requires a minimal math background of basic arithmetic, beginning algebra, use of square roots, and order of operations.
EDSS 627 Group Process & Facilitation
3.00 credits
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of group counseling. Students gain experience in developing and refining group leadership techniques with emphasis on group process and dynamics. This course focuses on historical and current literature regarding the theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, developmental stages, dynamics such as roles, norms, and therapeutic factor’s, leadership orientations and styles, process, counseling theories, group counseling methods, and skills. Students refine their theory and skills, and they integrate the theoretical and experiential understandings of group theory and practice.
EDSS 630 Assessment in School Settings
3.00 credits
This course covers various assessment procedures such as psychometric testing, professional-constructed tests, achievement tests, and observational methods. Emphasis is placed on using assessments to identify instructional interventions that can be carried out in the classroom setting to remediate learning and behavior problems. Candidates are introduced to the emerging assessment procedures used in schools including universal screening and progress monitoring procedures.
EDSS 650 Applied Behavioral Analysis
3.00 credits
An advanced introduction to the basic principles of learning and effective and practical procedures based upon those principles. Students read seminal articles in the field of behavior analysis and conduct and write up their own applied research study, implementing some of the procedures to remediate socially significant problems of children. An emphasis is made regarding the application of these principles in individual, classroom, and school-wide intervention plans.
EDSS 655 Multi-Tiered System of Support
3.00 credits
The provision of effective educational programs and related services for students with disabilities requires school-based professionals to partner with each other, community-based professionals, parents, and the students themselves using a whole-school, data-driven, prevention-based framework for improving learning outcomes for EVERY student through a layered continuum of evidence-based practices and systems. This course addresses the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of school psychologists together with significant professional others, in program and/or service delivery. Topics include models of collaborative assessment, skills required for effective intervention planning and implementation, progress monitoring, conflict management, and strategies to address obstacles encountered in collaboration.
EDSS 660 Consult&Collab in School Psych
3.00 credits
Through this course, students develop a working knowledge of the systematic and collaborative approaches to consultation. As such, several consultation models are introduced. Skills needed to engage school personnel, community professionals, and the family as a team in developing evidence-based interventions which are designed to enhance the mental health, behavioral, and learning competencies of children and adolescents are emphasized.
EDSS 670 Neuropsych&CognitiveAssessment
3.00 credits
This course provides practice in administering and processing the outcomes of neuropsychological batteries and major cognitive tests. Students are expected to score test records, interpret outcomes, write reports, and communicate results in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to make ethical and evidence-supported decisions, using reliable and valid assessments appropriate for use with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and in collaboration with others.
Concurrent:
EDSS 671
EDSS 671 Neuropsych&CognitiveAssess Lab
1.00 credit
This course provides practice in administering and processing the outcomes of neuropsychological batteries and major cognitive tests. Students are expected to score test records, interpret outcomes, write reports, and communicate results in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to make ethical and evidence-supported decisions, using reliable and valid assessments appropriate for use with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and in collaboration with others.
Concurrent:
EDSS 670
EDSS 680 Social-Emotional Assessment
3.00 credits
Students learn assessment techniques to examine social, emotional and behavioral functioning in children and adolescents. A problem solving approach is utilized with training in reviewing, interviewing, observing and testing children and adolescents. Major tests considered and applied within this course include rating scales and formal assessments used to diagnose more specific disorders.
EDSS 685 Advanced Diagnostic Assessment
2.00 credits
This assessment course prepares students to conduct diagnosis and classification in accordance with multiple theories existing in the clinical and educational research. Students utilize cognitive, academic, and social/emotional data in developing hypotheses regarding the presence of learning and social-emotional disorders and in planning for intervention delivery. The course emphasizes the complex variables of culture, environment and language in making inferences regarding the presence of a disability.
EDSS 690A Portfolio in School Psychology
1.00 credit
The purpose of this seminar is twofold: 1) to crystalize learnings over the course of the semester accomplished through observations and reflections, and 2) to document how these curricular experiences apply to professional practice using NASP Domains as a frame of reference. In overall perspective, the development of a School Psychology Portfolio serves as evidence students’ knowledge and competence in the NASP standards for training and practice and to demonstrate their readiness for the Internship in School Psychology. In the final semester of the program, students provide a formal presentation to faculty as a culminating academic experience.
EDSS 690B Portfolio in School Psychology
1.00 credit
The purpose of this seminar is twofold: 1) to crystalize learnings over the course of the semester accomplished through observations and reflections, and 2) to document how these curricular experiences apply to professional practice using NASP Domains as a frame of reference. In overall perspective, the development of a School Psychology Portfolio serves as evidence students’ knowledge and competence in the NASP standards for training and practice and to demonstrate their readiness for the Internship in School Psychology. In the final semester of the program, students provide a formal presentation to faculty as a culminating academic experience.
EDSS 697A Practicum in School Psych K-12
2.00 credits
Supervised school psychological practicum in a school setting (pre-K to 12). School psychology students’ engage in direct services (e.g., psychoeducational testing) and indirect services (e.g., consultation and collaboration) under supervision. Includes Practicum seminar which entails group supervision, review, and discussion of field experiences and current professional issues.
EDSS 697B Practicum in School Psych K-12
2.00 credits
Supervised school psychological practicum in a school setting (pre-K to 12). School psychology students’ engage in direct services (e.g., psychoeducational testing) and indirect services (e.g., consultation and collaboration) under supervision. Includes Practicum seminar which entails group supervision, review, and discussion of field experiences and current professional issues.
EDSS 698A Internship in SchoolPsych K-12
4.00 credits
Full-time one-semester (or part-time two semester) placement in a school or educational agency. A minimum of 600 hours are required for this internship. Prerequisites: completion of all required courses and related laboratory experiences, presentation of professional portfolio prospectus, completion of a pre-internship review, and approval of the School Psychology Program Director. Clinical experiences are designed to ensure that students have the opportunities to demonstrate mastery of NASP field experience competencies. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Includes supervisory seminar which provides an opportunity for all school psychology interns to learn from each other's clinical experiences. This course also serves as a means for tracking and providing feedback regarding mastery of program competencies. Readings and learning activities may be assigned, with selected topics presented by the instructors to prepare interns for program completion, graduation, certification, and eventual employment.
EDSS 698B Internship in SchoolPsych K-12
4.00 credits
Full-time one-semester (or part-time two semester) placement in a school or educational agency. A minimum of 600 hours are required for this internship. Prerequisites: completion of all required courses and related laboratory experiences, presentation of professional portfolio prospectus, completion of a pre-internship review, and approval of the School Psychology Program Director. Clinical experiences are designed to ensure that students have the opportunities to demonstrate mastery of NASP field experience competencies. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Includes supervisory seminar which provides an opportunity for all school psychology interns to learn from each other's clinical experiences. This course also serves as a means for tracking and providing feedback regarding mastery of program competencies. Readings and learning activities may be assigned, with selected topics presented by the instructors to prepare interns for program completion, graduation, certification, and eventual employment.
 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.