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School Psychology (EdS)


Practicum Experience Over Two Years

Practicum training experiences are an integral part of the USU School Psychology program. These experiences allow students the opportunity to integrate theoretical and technical knowledge in a practical and realistic manner. The sequence is designed so that students participate in practicum training during virtually the entire time they are enrolled in the training program prior to their internship experience.

The first year sequence includes Psy 6350 (Theory Practice in Counseling -- fall) which provides a didactic introduction to intervention and Psy 6360 (Practicum in Counseling and Psychotherapy -- spring) in which students learn counseling skills with mock clients or observe advanced students working with clients in the Psychology Community Clinic or school setting. Each of these courses carries three hours of credit, for a total of six credits during the first year. Psy 6810 and Psy 7380 are taken in the summer and involve practicum experience in the Psychology Community Clinic, typically involving a range of counseling, behavior management, and parent training cases. For School Psychology students, the age focus is primarily with children and adolescents.

The second-year sequence (Psy 6380—fall and spring) involves a full-year practicum in the public schools. This practicum involves some diagnostic assessment work. In addition students are involved in consultation, counseling, and intervention activities. Second-year practicum students are supervised by a district-employed school psychologist who has his/her educator license/state certification in school psychology. This practicum includes a comprehensive orientation to the organization and administration of public schools.

Internship As Capstone During Third Year

The internship is considered the culminating and capstone program requirement, providing students with the opportunity to integrate their prior training and skills in a practical and realistic manner while working in a limited capacity as a School Psychologist. The internship experience occurs at the end of the student's program of study – typically in the third year. Internship placements must provide experiences in working with children across the age span from early childhood through late adolescence, and with a full range of disability conditions.

The internship experience must include a variety of activities (e.g., consultation, assessment, direct interventions, inservice training, agency collaboration) and an interdisciplinary perspective. Specific activities and requirements for the internship will be enumerated in a formal written agreement between the university, the agency, and the intern. Internships consist of a minimum of 1200 hours (at least half of which must be completed in a school-based setting).