Psychology 665

PSYC 665: School Psychological Services

Prerequisites: Graduate standing

Credit Hours: (3)

Provides an understanding of the role of the school psychologist in education settings. Covers historical antecedents of contemporary school psychology, the types of methods, skills and knowledge that the school psychologist applies in his or her job and legal and ethical issues involved in providing school psychological services. Students are encouraged to do volunteer work in a school setting in order to gain familiarity with problems school psychologists encounter.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Historical Antecedents
2. Current Models of School Psychological Service Delivery
3. The Assessment Role
4. The Intervention Role
5. The Consultation Role
6. Program Evaluation and Research Roles
7. School Psychology and Cultural Diversity
8. Legal and Ethical Issues
9. Future Trends in School Psychology


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through lecture and discussion students will become familiar with the current practice of School Psychology and the problems facing the profession. Guest lectures from and visits to practitioners and schools and related institutions will enable students to discover first hand the functions of the profession.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students are to become familiar with the practice of School Psychology, its status as a profession, and the variety of roles and functions fulfilled by school psychologists.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class or take-home exams, an in-class presentation concerning a major topic of interest to school psychologists, a written evaluation of visits with school psychologists, and additional projects within the public school setting.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999