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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Bilingual School Psychology, MSEd


Students are trained to provide monolingual and bilingual psychoeducational services in the school setting. Graduates typically seek responsibilities in assessment, consultation, and intervention in which they offer assistance to students, parents, teachers, and other education professionals.

The curriculum in this program balances basic science and foundational psychology with skill-acquiring experiences. The program includes practica in the McShane Center for Psychological Services and field work in school districts. An internship of 1,200 clock hours of school psychology also is required.

Graduates are recommended to the New York State Education Department for the provisional Certificate in School Psychology and the bilingual education certificate extension.

Bilingual School Psychology (78 credits) students receive course work and field work training from faculty in the theory and practice of bilingual/multicultural education, methods of providing services in a child’s native language, and bilingual language development and disorders.

Prerequisites: Background preparation in abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology, learning, personality theory, and statistics, as well as demonstrated competencies in educational problems and principles, curriculum development or methods of teaching. Students enrolled in the Bilingual School Psychology Program must pass a language proficiency examination in English and a second language.

For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/psychnyc.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION BILINGUAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
The 78-credit hour Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Bilingual
School Psychology trains students to provide psychoeducational services in the school setting. Students receive course and field work in assessment, consultation, and intervention. They are trained to provide assessment and diagnostic services for individual students, design and implement school research and evaluation projects, develop counseling and remedial interventions for individual students and groups of students, and offer assistance to teachers and other educational professionals.

Students in the Bilingual School Psychology Certificate Program receive
training that enables them to provide school psychological services to children in both monolingual and bilingual settings. They receive course work in the theory and practice of bilingual/multicultural education and methods of providing services in the native language. They receive integrated training from psychology and speech and language faculty in the area of bilingual language development
and disorders.

Students in this program receive psychological service training in a variety of university and field settings. Course work is offered in professional practice of psychology. Course work is taken on the New York City campus; practicum work occurs on campus in the Thomas J. McShane Center for Psychological Services, as well as in school districts throughout the New York metropolitan area. Field work begins with experiential activities and extends to formal training opportunities in the McShane Center and metropolitan area school districts. (A
listing of many participating school districts is found in this catalog.) Students who enter the Psy.D. program with advanced standing may obtain the Bilingual School Psychology Certificate. Typically, this requires enrolling in PSY 750B and PSY 751B in addition to fulfilling the other Bilingual School Psychology Certificate requirements.

Program Prerequisites
Students must have background preparation in abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, experimental psychology, general psychology,
learning, personality theory, and statistics. In addition, students must have courses or show competencies in principles and problems in education and curriculum development or methods of teaching and instruction. Students in the bilingual program will also be required to complete EDU 134 (Foundations of Bilingual Education) or its equivalent.

It is desirable and strongly recommended that students have the psychology
prerequisite preparation before entering the program; however, it is possible for students to complete some program prerequisites (e.g., education courses) early in the program, after program admission. While each applicant is given individual consideration, candidates are expected to have prerequisite background in
psychology and education (see program prerequisites). Deficiencies in any area must be made up either prior to or early in graduate study. Certain graduate courses, however, have specific prerequisites that must be completed before the courses are taken.
Curriculum – Master’s Program
The Master’s degree program in Bilingual School Psychology is as follows:
FIRST YEAR (FALL)
Credits
PSY 501
Introduction to School- Clinical Child Psychology I
0
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 704 Advanced Developmental Psychology
3
PSY 717 The Psychology of Learning: Theory & Applications
3
PSY 721 Tests and Measurements
3
PSY 725 Advanced Personality Theories
3
 

    Total
12
FIRST YEAR (SPRING)
Credits
PSY 502
Introduction to School-Clinical Child Psychology II
0
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
PSY 703 Psychological Assessment I
4
PSY 703A Practicum: Limiting Bias in Bilingual Assessment
1
PSY 710 Psychopathology in Childhood and Adolescence
3
PSY 722 Counseling Theory and Cognitive- Behavioral
3
    Intervention Techniques
PSY 727 Learning Disabilities: Diagnosis & Remediation
3
 

    Total
14
At the end of the first year, students are required to take a Qualifying Examination. Students must pass the examination in order to proceed to the second year of study. Students are allowed to take the Qualifying Examination a maximum of two times.
 
FIRST YEAR (SUMMER)
Credits
PSY 867 Multicultural/Gender Issues
3
SPE 640 Communication & Language & the Bilingual
1
    Child in the Classroom
SPE 641 Bilingual Language Development & Disorders
3
 

    Total
7
SECOND YEAR (FALL)
Credits
PSY 509 Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
EDU 701 The School: Field Experience & Seminar
3
PSY 707 Psychological Assessment II
4
PSY 715 Statistics and Research Design I
4
PSY 709A Practicum: Counseling the Culturally Different
1
PSY 757 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
3
 

    Total
15
 
SECOND YEAR (SPRING)
Credits
PSY 509
Practicum A, B, C, or D
0
EDU 702 The School: Field Experience & Seminar
3
PSY 712 Advanced Physiological Psychology
3
PSY 713 Psychological Assessment III
4
PSY 723 Advanced Social Psychology
3
 

    Total
13
 
SECOND YEAR (SUMMER)
Credits
PSY 720
Integrating Seminar
3
 

    Total
3
At the end of the second year, upon completion of at least 42 graduate hours in the program, students are eligible for the New York State Psychology Internship Certificate.

Note: Candidates who want New Jersey school psychology certification
should contact the program director.


Before students are enrolled in the Bilingual School Psychology internship, they must pass a language proficiency examination and demonstrate that they are capable of providing psychological services to bilingual populations in their native language.
THIRD YEAR (FALL)
Credits
PSY 509
Practicum
0
PSY 750A Bilingual School Psychology I: Internship, Ethics &
4
    Seminar
PSY 734 Consultation
3
PSY 759 Early Childhood and Infant Assessment
3
 

    Total
10
 
THIRD YEAR (SPRING)
Credits
PSY 509 Practicum
0
PSY 751A Bilingual School Psychology II: Internship,
4
    Ethics, & Seminar
 

    Total
4
The final school psychology internship for the Bilingual School Psychology
Program includes a minimum of 1,200 clock hours. A minimum of 600 clock hours must be completed in a school setting which provides an opportunity for the delivery of bilingual school psychological services.

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