School Psychology courses

SPSY 500: Year One School Psychology Field Experience

School Psychology candidates are required to spend time in a school setting. The field experience is designed to orient students to the school psychology profession. The emphasis is on observational learning.

Units: 1 — 5

SPSY 540: Developmental Counseling

This graduate foundation course emphasizes the development, resilience, behavioral assessment, counseling, and functioning of children across the ages of 0-22 years from a cross-cultural perspective. Special topics of counseling skills, family acculturation, immigration, generational conflicts, gender, ability, poverty, and human sexuality will be explored using an anti-oppressive framework. (Prereq: SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist

This course introduces to the practice of school psychology and provides an overview of the history and development of school psychology; roles of the school psych; direct and indirect service delivery; standards of practice, codes of conduct and ethical decision making; laws and legal issues that influence the practice of psychology; and applications of research to practice. Emphasis is placed on the practice of school psychology in the context of social justice in diverse school communities.

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 560: Consultation and Intervention

This course examines theory and practice of prevention, intervention, and consultation in schools. This course describes design, implement, and evaluate school-based psychological services, an overview of prevention models to promote the academic and social success of all students; introduction to strategies for targeted intervention; and intensive psychotherapeutic interventions. Delivery of evidence-based direct and consultative psych services to individuals, groups, and systems is covered. (Prereq: SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 564: Formal Assessment of Diverse Student Populations

Examines the role of formal and informal assessment in identification of disabilities and planning for implementing curriculum and instruction. Students learn to interpret and use assessment info taking into consideration the personal, cultural, linguistic, educational, and environmental background of the individual. The course ties assessment to preferred instructional practices in order to meet the individual educational program (IEP) goals to ensure success. Online, hybrid and face to face. 

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 566: Behavior Intervention and Support

Introduction to the principles and application of behavior analysis with individuals with academic, social and/or behavioral needs. Cross list with SPED 566: Behavior Intervention and Support (3 units)

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 578: Seminar in Behavior Analysis

This seminar focuses on in-depth practical experience in professional application of behavior intervention in the area of autism spectrum disorders.  Students conduct case study projects in working directly with children with ASD and their families; developing and monitoring Behavior Intervention Plans; attending BIP meetings; conducting experimental analyses related to diagnoses and treatment programs; and conducting data analysis procedures suitable for preparing articles for publication.

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 636: Social Emotional and Cognitive Development in a Cultural Context

This course develops knowledge of cognitive and social emotional assessment with the underlying frameworks of development and culture. Assessment of cognitive skills and child mental health cannot be separated from these. Students in this course will be introduced to the assessment procedures of cognitive and personality assessments, The course focuses on cognitive function as a construct (e.g., cognitive factors, skills, abilities, and processes) as well as common childhood mental health concerns.  (Prereq: SPED 564: Formal and Informal Assessment for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 units) and SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 642: Multicultural Community Partnerships

The course provides an opportunity to learn how to work effectively with families and community members; recognize the goals of diverse families; respond to diverse community interests and needs; and mobilize community resources for student achievement. Relationships between schools and communities from demographic and political perspectives and attitudes toward people of different backgrounds and examine attitudes toward sexual orientation and individuals with disabilities will be examined.

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 645: Educational Policy and Advocacy for Students and Families in K-12

This course explores educational policies in schools including educational law, resource allocations, interagency relationships, and tools for advocacy. The course focuses on understanding California and federal codes, case law, policies, and precedent and analysis of key legal concepts and application of law. An additional focus is the issues of and rights of migrant youth in schools. Students examine trends in law and the initiation of educational law to positively influence education. Crosslist with MAE 645: Educational Policy and Advocacy for Students and Families in K-12 (3 units).

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 660: School Psychology Interventions with Practicum

This course is a synthesis of all previous work and includes course work and supervised field work in schools and clinic. This includes researching assessment tools before using them, diagnosing cases, and preparing intervention strategies for home and school, consulting with others, and researching. Therefore, in addition to cases, attend group and individual supervisions, consult with one another, and research assessments and interventions when necessary. (Prereq: SPSY 550: Role and Function of the School Psychologist (3 units) and SPED 564: Formal and Informal Assessment for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3 units) and MAE 636: Culture, Cognition and Development (3 units))

Units: 5 — 5

SPSY 670: Internship in School Psychology I

As the culminating component in the school psych program, this field experience will be done in a public school setting under the supervision. Students will attend a seminar on campus to discuss their experiences, present psychological; evaluations and interventions, and engage in mutual problem solving relative to dilemmas and issues encountered in the field experience. Prerequisites include completion of all required courses and permission of the internship instructor. (Coreq: SPSY 670A: Internship in School Psychology I Seminar (3 units))

Units: 6 — 6

SPSY 670A: Internship in School Psychology I Seminar

Seminar to accompany school psychology internship during Fall semester of the one-year internship. Focus on adaptive, ethical, and professional competence. Prerequisite includes completion of all required courses. (Coreq: SPSY 670: Internship in School Psychology I (6 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 680: Internship in School Psychology II

As the culminating component in the school psychology program, this field experience will be done in a public school setting under the supervision of a certified school psychologist. Students will also attend a seminar on campus to discuss their experiences, present psychological; evaluations and interventions, and engage in mutual problem solving relative to dilemmas and issues encountered in the field experience. Prerequisite includes completion of all required courses. (Coreq: SPSY 680A: Internship in School Psychology II Seminar (3 units))

Units: 8 — 8

SPSY 680A: Internship in School Psychology II Seminar

Seminar to accompany school psychology internship during Fall semester of the one-year internship. Focus on adaptive, ethical, and professional competence. Prerequisite includes completion of all required courses. (Coreq: SPSY 680: Internship in School Psychology II (8 units))

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 681: Advanced Behavior Supports

Advanced instruction in the principles and application of behavior analysis with individuals with Mild/Moderate/Severe academic, social and/or behavioral needs. Crosslist with SPED 681: Advanced Behavior Supports (3 units).

Units: 3 — 3

SPSY 686: Advocacy and Systems Change: Leadership Management and Communication Skills

This course covers issues related to the use of effective communication, leadership and management skills in special education.  Multiple integrated service delivery models are addressed, along with issues in school restructuring and reform efforts designed to impact systems change.  

Units: 3 — 3