GRADUATE STUDY IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
School Psychology Vision
The Mission of the School Psychology program is to
assist in the training and development of candidates who are racially and culturally underrepresented and seek School Psychology
as a profession. The School Psychology unit assumes leadership in the selection,
guidance, and professional preparation of student candidates who will work in the schools of Florida and the nation. The unit’s mission
affirms both the College of Education
and University’s commitment to develop educational programs applicable to all students, while embracing new and emerging
technologies to improve teaching and the learning process. To this end the mission of the School Psychology Program Unit is:
- To Train more African American Psychologist, but not exclusively, while improving the
limited representation in the profession.
- To provide exemplary education and training that is aligned with state and national governing
bodies, namely NASP, NCATE, and Florida Board of Education .
- To provide exemplary psychometric clinical practice in assessment, intervention, consultation,
and collaboration in training and practice.
- To provide exemplary education and training in multi-cultural human development, theories,
principles, and concepts.
- To provide exemplary competency performance in educational research and program evaluation
to enhance the scientific-practitioner development of each student (candidate).
- To demonstrate exemplary student and unit outcomes in training, teaching, and research.
II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University is State approved for the
Masters of Science in School Psychology and is based on a well established need for more Black and Minority School Psychologists
throughout the United States (Baldwin, 1991; Connolly and Reschly; 1990). The
Master’s Degree (M.S.) consists of approximately 62 graduate semester hours in three years of full-time study
and includes one years of practicum experience and a full-year of full-time internship.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is earned at the end of the third year at completion of the internship experience.
The Unit’s M.S. degree is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The primary goal of
the Unit is to assist in the training of exemplary professionals in the field of School Psychology.
The Unit embraces state and national standards and includes these practices in the training
of candidates within the Unit. Recognized practices and standards include the
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of School Psychologists, and
the Florida Board of Education. The Unit’s accreditation has been offered through the College of Education.
Beyond national accreditation, the Florida Board of Education approves the School Psychology
Program at Florida A&M
University. Thus, graduates
of the program are eligible for certification as school psychologists in the State of Florida.
CONCEPTUALIZATION OF SCHOOL
PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE AND TRAINING THE PROGRAM MODEL, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES
The Unit’s Conceptual Framework is consistent with and complements the College
of Education and the University’s Mission
statements. The shared vision of the Professional Education Unit is to prepare
exemplary professionals who are able to go into the educational institutions of Florida, the nation and the world armed with
knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will facilitate learning for students, support interactions and partnerships with
community stakeholders, and engender on-going professional development for themselves and others. The conceptual framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship,
service, and Unit accountability. It describes an exemplary School Psychology
professional who is exemplary in knowledge, reflection, and commitment to democratic values and service to diverse communities.
The School Psychology Program at Florida
A&M University is committed
to training professionals who have expertise in the depth and diversity of both psychology and education. This training is accomplished within a Scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes comprehensive school
psychological services using a social and cognitive behavioral learning theory orientation that recognizes the impact of children
and their families’ individual differences.
The breadth of school psychology roles, functions and settings. As
one of the three identified applied specialty areas within the profession of psychology, school psychology is comprised of
a broad set of knowledge bases and skills which address the psycho-educational development of children and adolescents‑‑especially
as they interface with the educational and socialization process. To that end, school psychology focuses on all school‑aged
children and adolescents and their psychological/mental health and educational/cognitive progress.
OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE AND TRAINING THE PROGRAM MODEL, GOALS,
Program’s Admission and Eligibility Requirements
At the Professional Level, School
psychology applicants must meet graduate level admission criteria. Eligibility for admission to the graduate programs in
psychology is based on the admission standards of the State University System. Admission to graduate study is granted to qualified applicants who are seeking degrees and to qualified post-baccalaureate
students who may wish to upgrade specialty certifications or enhance their knowledge. The psychology department’s admission committee reviews and evaluates all applications
in terms of their satisfying the admissions criteria. All applications meeting the criteria are recommended for admission
to the department chairperson and letters of acceptance are sent out a short time thereafter. The decision on whether credits earned by post-baccalaureate students can be applied toward
a graduate degree at some later time is determined exclusively by the academic unit offering the degree sought. The unit’s
decision is not subject to appeal. To be granted admission to a degree program, applicants:
(1) Must hold a baccalaureate
degree from an accredited institution of
higher education with specialization in psychology and or education;
(2) Must present official
transcripts and standardized test scores,
(3) Provide three letters
of recommendation submitted on their behalf.
(4) Demonstrate potential
for successful graduate study;
(5) Should have taken
the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and
made a combined score of at least 1,000 on the verbal and
of the GRE;
(6) Acquired a minimum
GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 system) over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study,.
(7) Obtain an official
background check which meet