Program Objectives - School Psychology & 6th Year

The objectives of the School Psychology Program are based upon the Domains of School Psychology Graduate Education and Practice as developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (2010, to be required of all recognized programs in 2013). Graduates of the Master of Science & Sixth Year Certification in School Psychology Program at Southern Connecticut State University will:

  1. Demonstrate a foundation in the knowledge bases for both psychology and education.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in data-based decision-making as a means to effective problem-solving, evaluation and accountability.  Demonstrate skills in research and program evaluation to allow them to help bring the latest in educational and psychological research to schools and to help schools determine the effectiveness of services.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in school consultation and collaboration and the ability to communicate and work with others in a team-based approach to meeting the needs of children, youth, families and systems.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge in varied aspects of effective teaching and instructional methods, school curriculum, factors influencing learning and cognitive development, and the skills to develop appropriate academic interventions based on this knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge in varied aspects of mental health, social and emotional development and behavior, and the skills to develop appropriate social, emotional and behavioral interventions based on this knowledge.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the varied systems within and outside of schools in which students operate and the skills to work with and within these systems to create and maintain effective and supportive learning environments.  This includes an understanding of the key role of families and family systems as well as knowledge and appreciation for all aspects of diversity in students, their families and fellow educators and mental health professionals, and skills to work to ensure safe and affirming schools for all.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of primary prevention, risk and resiliency factors and the skills to develop and provide effective prevention, treatment and crisis intervention services.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the field and history of school psychology and the legal, ethical and professional standards of the profession and the skills to implement these standards through the use of effective technology, communication and interpersonal skills.