School Psychology (MSE)

Master of Science in Education

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree is part of a three-year program which fulfills the academic requirements for licensure as a School Psychologist. This area of study concerns itself with the application of psychological theories and skills to prevention and intervention procedures with children and youth as they interact within the school environment. It provides comprehensive knowledge in psychological and educational foundations and extensive training in assessment, therapy, and consultation practices. This program leads to Department of Public Instruction licensure as a School Psychologist.

The curriculum is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in content areas necessary to meet the training requirements for School Psychology as defined by the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certification standards for School Psychologists. Students will learn, among other skills, to: complete non-biased data-based assessment of school-aged children and integrate such assessment into treatment procedures; function as consultants to teachers, parents and other personnel in school settings - working as child advocates in school, home and community; and conduct applied research that will benefit the children and families that they serve, and appreciate how such efforts fit into a context of continuing professional development.

Program Coordinator

Christine Neddenriep
LT 1229
Phone: 262-472-1850
Email: neddenrc@uww.edu

Department

LT 1223
Phone: 262-472-1026
Fax: 262-472-1863
Email: psychology@uww.edu

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.00. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may appeal for an exception on the basis of other factors (e.g., strong subsequent academic study, outstanding relevant work experience, and/or exceptional personal qualifications).
  2. An appropriate academic background in psychology with a minimum of 12 units including a course in each of the following: child/adolescent psychology or development, abnormal psychology/behavior disorders, and basic statistical methods. The School Psychology Committee may require that specific undergraduate courses be completed with a grade of B or better before the application for admission will be processed.
     
  3. Students with only a single deficiency may be admitted and allowed to satisfy that deficiency at the graduate level. Such graduate level prerequisite credits will not count toward the master’s degree, but will count as electives in the student’s total credit course work requirement.
  4. The program application form, available on the program website http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/schlpsych.
  5. A representative sample of the applicant’s written expression skills in the form of a typed narrative Autobiographical Statement, sent to the program coordinator, which includes a discussion of relevant personal background and describes in-depth why the applicant has chosen to pursue study in the field of school psychology.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from appropriate persons (such as former professors or work supervisors) who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and personal qualifications for graduate study in school psychology. These letters should be sent to the program coordinator.
  7. The results of the General portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants who prefer to submit the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in lieu of the GRE may do so. Have all results sent to UW-Whitewater Department of Psychology. It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that the scores are received at the School Psychology Program before the February 15th application deadline. Failure to meet this deadline may result in a denial of admission due to an incomplete application packet.
  8. Upon review, the School Psychology Committee may request a personal interview to provide additional information. Admission may be granted with or without an interview at the Committee’s discretion.

Admission Timeline

The School Psychology Program admits students only in the spring of the year for classes beginning the following fall term. Admitted students are also free to take summer term classes. A completed application packet, consisting of the program application form, autobiographical statement, three letters of recommendation, the results of the GRE or MAT, and all application materials forwarded by the School of Graduate Studies must be on file with the Program Coordinator by February 15.

Following the February 15 deadline, the School Psychology Committee will review packets and inform all applicants as to their admission status by mail. Applicants with complete application packets who are requesting early admission consideration due to competing deadlines should inform the Program Coordinator with a written request.

Degree in School Psychology

Courses

PSYCH 545   ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes included in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
PREREQ: PSYCH 211 OR GRADUATE STANDING

PSYCH 620   FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

An examination of the history, foundations, legal/ ethical, and role and function issues in school psychology. Particular attention will be focused on the exploration of specific models of school psychological service delivery, including direct intervention and school-based consultation with education and agency professionals.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 680   SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT   3 Units

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in gaining a greater understanding of the variables associated violence and crisis management in the public school setting. Emphasis on: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of the prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding crisis prevention and response models.

PSYCH 690   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.

PSYCH 694   SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.

PSYCH 696   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. May be repeated with permission of department.
PREREQ: 12 CREDITS IN PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 715   RESEARCH METHODS AND PROGRAM ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   3 Units

A survey of research design issues and analysis methods as they pertain to the practice of School Psychology. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlational and regression analyses, within- and between-subjects designs and analyses, single subject and small N research strategies, and program assessment in educational settings.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 724   LEARNING IN EDUCATIONAL CONTEXTS   3 Units

A survey of theories of and empirical research on learning as it takes place within educational contexts. Problems that may hinder learning and ways in which school psychologists can foster learning within educational contexts will be studied.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO THE MSE OR EDS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 740   ASSESSMENT I: ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PROGRESS MONITORING   3 Units

The introductory assessment course for graduate students in the School Psychology Program. Content will cover principles of psychological measurement, including test reliability, validity, scores and item construction. Substantial content will address assessment of academic achievement via traditional testing and curriculum-based assessment methods. Field work required
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 745   ASSESSMENT III: INTELLECTUAL FUNCTIONING   3 Units

This course examines the nature of intelligence and basic characteristics of tests of cognitive functioning. Intensive study of the Wechsler Scales, the Differential Ability Scales, and other standardized assessments of cognitive functioning with a particular emphasis on practice in administration, scoring, and appropriate interpretation of scores is required. The course will also examine the construct of adaptive behavior and its relationship to intelligence and culturally competent assessment. Students will also receive training in written and oral communication of psychological information. Field work is required.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 746   PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE   3 Units

A survey of the mental disorders of childhood and adolescence with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. Theoretical approaches and current research are also included.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 762   ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONS   3 Units

This course instructs students in the theory and methods of direct, academic assessment. Students will administer, score, and interpret progress monitoring measures. Students will become familiar with evidence-based interventions specific to various academic skills and will use progress monitoring data to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based intervention.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 766   COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY WITH CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS   3 Units

An introductory course in direct cognitive-behavioral interventions in the school setting for advanced School Psychology Program students. Legal issues, ethical conduct, efficacy research, and theoretical foundations of cognitive-behavioral therapy will be discussed. Students will learn selected individual and group intervention procedures and apply them with children and/or adolescents in supervised school-based settings
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 768   BEHAVIOR THERAPY IN SCHOOLS   3 Units

This course is designed to provide students with competencies in understanding the principles of behavior therapy and their applications to academic and behavioral issues in school settings. The course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of behavior therapy for children and adolescents. Particular emphasis is placed on ecobehavioral assessment and intervention.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

PSYCH 769   CONSULTATION AND PREVENTION   3 Units

The study of indirect intervention procedures for use with children and adolescents. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the history, theoretical variations, implementation issues, and practical application of psychological consultation in the school setting. Additional emphasis will be placed on the consultant's role in the planning and development of primary prevention procedures with school-age populations. In-school practicum is required.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

PSYCH 770   ASSESSMENT II: BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY   3 Units

The non-biased assessment of behavior, emotional functioning, and personality in the integrated context of measurable treatment procedures is stressed. Emphasis is placed on hypothesis development and construct measurement. Course examines multi-axial assessment formats which include child-teacher-parent rating scales, interview and history taking, behavioral observation, and projective techniques.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

PSYCH 785   ADVANCED CHILD DEVELOPMENT   3 Units

This course examines the dynamics of child development as they relate to school and family settings. The course focuses on applying theory, methods, and research findings in child development to the practice of school psychology. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social development from conception through adolescence.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

PSYCH 786   MENTAL HEALTH DELIVERY IN SCHOOLS: APPLIED PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY   3 Units

Students will be introduced to the pharmacological treatment of psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence. The course presents basic principles of pharmacology, psychoactive drug classifications, and rationales behind the pharmacological treatment of psychological disorders. Applied components will relate the theoretical aspects of the course material to mental health service delivery in the schools.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO THE M.S.E. OR Ed.S. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM

PSYCH 787   SOCIAL CONTEXT AND DIVERSITY IN THE SCHOOL SETTING   3 Units

This course examines current theory and research related to understanding human social behavior and diversity within the school setting. Readings and discussions will cover both quantitative and qualitative research and represent psychological, anthropological, and sociological perspectives on social behavior relevant to education. Public policy issues relevant to social behavior within educational contexts will also be addressed.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MSE - SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY OR EDS SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 790   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing hands on and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable to 9 credits.

PSYCH 792   FIELD PLACEMENT IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   1 Units

Support for field experiences for School Psychology Program students. Includes a supporting seminar.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO MSE-SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 793   PRACTICUM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   3-9 Units

A two and one-half hour weekly seminar includes school psychological services involving the role, issues, ethics, laws and regulations pertaining to school psychology. Two days per week in a public school setting are required along with a minimum of one hour of supervision of the field placement experience.
PREREQ: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 794   SEMINAR   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.

PSYCH 795   INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY   Repeatable   3 Units

The internship in School Psychology is a full-time placement experience (at least half of which takes place in a public school setting) providing the student with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in the area of School Psychology. Internship supervision is on campus and in work setting. Grading is on a pass/fail basis. Repeatable to 12 credits.
PREREQ: THE MSE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE, PSYCH 793 AND SIXTY CREDITS DEFINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INSTRUCTION TOWARD THE INITIAL EDUCATOR LICENSE.

PSYCH 796   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

PSYCH 797   SPECIALIST PROJECT RESEARCH   Repeatable   1 Units

Students, under faculty supervision, propose, design, and carry out an app;ied project within the field of School psychology. Approved quantitative and qualitative studies, comprehensive reviews, school-based program evaluations, or student designed assessment or intervention procedures receive faculty support and guidance. Students meet individually with faculty project advisors. Repeatable.
PREREQ: PSYCH 715 OR EQUIVALENT AND ADMISSION TO THE EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE PROGRAM IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 798   INDIVIDUAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

PSYCH 799   THESIS RESEARCH   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.