1 Brooklyn College of the City University of New York Department of School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership School Psychologist Graduate Program Room 1107 James Hall 2900 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, New York (718) Fax (718) School Psychologist Graduate Program: Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants M.S. in Education: School Psychologist Advanced Certificate: School Psychologist Advanced Certificate: Bilingual School Psychologist Revised: December 2012
2 FACTS AND FAQs What is the philosophy of the School Psychologist Graduate Program?... 3 School Psychologist Graduate Program Mission Statement... 4 Program Goals... 4 How do I apply?... 5 Are GRE s required?... 5 Is there a deadline for filing application?... 5 After I submit the application, what will happen?... 5 What are the requirements?... 6 The process at a glance... 7 Should I apply to the Bilingual Program?... 7 Can I get transfer credit?... 8 If I am accepted what do I need to consider?... 8 Typical Programs... 10
3 What is the philosophy of the School Psychologist Graduate Program? The School Psychologist Graduate Program consists of a rigorous 60-credit curriculum in theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Extensive field experiences complement course work. With a strong background in measurement, psychological theory, and databased decision-making, as well as knowledge of effective instructional techniques and psychological interventions, candidates in collaboration with families and school staff are prepared to provide a range of services that positively influence the educational achievement, development, and mental health of all children and youth. The School Psychologist Graduate Program, offered through the Brooklyn College School of Education, is registered with the New York State Department of Education. The School of Education has earned full NCATE accreditation. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of American Universities accredit the College. The School Psychologist Graduate Program also adheres to the training standards established by National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) and is fully NASP approved. The Program adopts the conceptual framework of the School of Education, and stresses the four central themes of collaboration, critical self-reflection and reflective practice, social justice, and diversity in coursework and field experiences. Collaboration The School of Education is committed to education as a collaborative process that requires sustained dialogue between relevant parties at all levels of our future practitioners' academic and professional lives. Our graduates should not only have a desire for collaboration, but should also strive to develop collaborative learning communities within their schools that are socially just, and intellectually and aesthetically rich. Critical Self-Reflection and Reflective Practice The School of Education is committed to fostering critical self-reflection and reflective practice. We believe a professional must reflect upon his or her own practice, rethinking it in terms of its intentions and its outcomes. Social Justice The School of Education is committed to education centered on social justice, preparing future professionals to assume active roles in shaping the social, cultural, and political future of their communities and beyond, crossing physical, cultural, and economic borders as they develop shared meanings and purposes. Diversity The School of Education is committed to addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, cultural and linguistic diversity, religion, gender, sexuality, and special needs, as well as to accommodating learner differences and styles.
4 School Psychologist Graduate Program Mission Statement The Brooklyn College School Psychologist Graduate Program strives to meet our urban community s need for highly competent, self-reflective, and compassionate school psychologists. The program is committed to improving the educational experiences, and addressing the mental health needs, of all children in our richly diverse schools. Program Goals The School Psychologist Graduate Program s training goals are consistent with practice and ethical guidelines of the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association. Through a program of training and extensive field experiences the following competencies are developed: 1. Proficiency in psycho-educational assessment related to school difficulties and learning disorders with the ability to translate these results into appropriate models of service delivery. 2. Proficiency in psychological assessment related to behavior, personality and mental disorders with the ability to translate these results into appropriate models of service delivery. 3. Proficiency in implementation of prevention strategies, and direct and indirect intervention approaches to serve all candidates' needs, particularly those with disabilities and the ability to evaluate the results of service outcomes. 4. Ability to engage in collaborative practice and implement a range of contextually appropriate consultative services. 5. Familiarity with the organization of schools, including general and special education, and developmentally appropriate curriculum approaches for children with diverse educational needs. 6. An understanding of research methodologies and the ability to implement applied research in complex urban school environments. 7. A capacity for critical self-reflection to gain insight on self and others for the purpose of evaluating and improving service delivery, and nurture a strong commitment to ethical guidelines of professional practice. 8. An understanding of the full range of diversity in the human condition, including, racial, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, individual differences/disabilities, and a willingness and capability to work with all populations. 9. A commitment to promote school policies and ethical practices that advance social justice and expand opportunities for all children. 10. A capacity to use technology to develop and enhance school psychology practice.
5 How do I apply? It is necessary to submit an online application for graduate admission to the M.S. in Ed in School Psychology. You can find the application form at: https://websql.brooklyn.cuny.edu/admissions/graduate/. Please note that a supplemental department application must also be completed. The one-page form can be downloaded from _code=33&dept_id=526#544 Be sure to include the supplemental application form with the other materials that you submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The Office of Graduate Admissions will keep you informed of the status of your application via a website and regular s. Should you have application questions, you may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions in 1602 James Hall. Phone: Are GRE s required? GRE scores are not required; however, candidates may submit scores for consideration as part of the application process. Is there a deadline for filing application? Yes, the deadline for submission of the application and supporting materials is February 1. This deadline is firm - applications must be completed by this date to be considered for review. After I submit the application, what will happen? The admission process has two levels. The first level of screening involves examination of the paper application which includes: the college application form, the School Psychologist supplemental application form, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. The second level of screening applies only to candidates who have submitted a complete and acceptable written application. Applicants who meet minimum requirements and meet the criteria set by the admissions committee are invited for an interview. In addition to the information required on the supplemental department application, applicants must indicate their preference for full-or part-time study. Once this decision is made, it cannot be changed by the applicant. However, there are occasions when the admissions committee cannot offer a successful applicant their preference for full- or part-time study.
6 What are the requirements? Applicants for admission will be required to meet the general admission requirements. You can find the admissions and matriculation requirements at: ogram_details.php?major=544&div=g&dept_code=33&dept_id=526&mode=data#544 The Program s prerequisite requirements are: 1. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor s degree including: Psychology Prerequisites Experimental Psychology or Research Methods in Psychology Statistics in Psychology (all students must complete before entering program) Brooklyn College Equivalents PSYC 3450W PSYC 3400 Educational Psychology or Developmental Psychology PSYC 2210 Education Course in Reading Instruction or Literacy (full-time students must complete before entering program) The School Psychologist Graduate Program require both full and part-time candidates to complete outstanding prerequisites within one year after beginning the program. However, all candidates must complete Statistics before entering the program and all full-time candidates must complete the education course in Reading Instruction or Literacy before beginning their first semester. Candidates with outstanding prerequisites after their first year of study cannot register for the second year. When taking prerequisite courses at another college, do so as a non-degree candidate. Upon completion of the course(s), bring a transcript or grade report as proof of completion to the School Psychology office. Do not ask the college to transfer the grade to us. It is highly advisable that you contact the office to ensure that a course you plan to take will meet pre-requisite requirement before taking the course. 2. The Brooklyn College Graduate Division requires candidates for matriculation to hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and have completed an approved undergraduate program of study. The School Psychologist program requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0. Evidence: official transcript. 3. Applicants must present evidence of their commitment and potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults from diverse backgrounds and abilities. Evidence: personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, writing sample, interview.
7 4. Applicants for the bilingual specialization must, in addition to the above, present fluency in the second language and pass New York State tests. The process at a glance What is assessed? Assessment Tools 1. Undergraduate GPA 1. Transcripts Graduate Work and GPA (if applicable) Transcript/Syllabi 2. Prerequisite courses 2. Transcripts 3. Experience 3. Resume/Personal Statement 4. Motivation 4. Personal Statement/On-site writing sample/interview 5. Professional Competencies 5. Interview/Personal Statement 6. Writing skill 6. Personal Statement/On-site writing sample Should I apply to the Bilingual Program? 1. Candidates with bilingual proficiency can complete a School Psychologist Bilingual/Multicultural Specialization, leading to a certificate with a bilingual extension. The School Psychologist Bilingual/Multicultural Specialization requires 63 credits, the 60-credit school psychologist sequence and an additional courses (3 credits) emphasizing bilingual and multicultural issues. Candidates are also required to do their internship in bilingual/multicultural sites and be supervised by bilingual supervisors. Candidates in the Bilingual/ Multicultural Specialization will need to demonstrate proficiency in both English and a second language by passing the BEA (see #3 below). Note: The NYSED does not offer the BEA in all languages. 2. The following additional requirements apply to candidates completing the Bilingual Specialization. Bilingual candidates are expected to work in both English and their target language. Candidates are required to spend 1,200 hours in a school or agency performing work related to school psychology. At least 600 of these hours must be completed in an approved bilingual/multicultural setting. At least 600 hours must be completed in a school setting. This is a minimum requirement, and candidates are encouraged to log as many additional internship hours as may be feasible. Field-based supervisors of bilingual interns must be fluent in the same target language as the intern, employed by the agency in which they supervise the intern, and possess a bilingual extension and permanent state certification as a school psychologist.
8 3. Bilingual candidates must pass the New York State Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) administered by the New York State Education Department. The BEA is required of candidates seeking a bilingual extension to a certificate. For information on the BEA, go to 4. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires that individuals who are not U.S. citizens must have Permanent Resident status. However, this requirement periodically changes, as U.S. citizenship was required in the past. Therefore, it is the candidate s responsibility to contact the NYSED to confirm the current requirements for certification regarding U.S. citizenship. Can I get transfer credit? Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 12 credits in graduate courses completed at other accredited graduate institutions if approved by the department and taken within five years with a grade of B or higher. The course(s) may not have been applied toward a degree earned previously and must be equivalent to the course offered by the School Psychologist Graduate Program and evaluated by the professor who typically teaches the course. To obtain transfer credit, submit syllabus, catalog description, and transcript to the School Psychology office. Candidates applying for transfer credit must review the request with the program coordinator. If I am accepted what do I need to consider? 1. Program classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, any time from 2:00-10:00 P.M. in order to accommodate candidates who work during the morning and early afternoon hours. Although schedules rarely require a candidate to be on campus four days a week, candidates need to devote significant time to class assignments. Please consider this in planning work schedules and other commitments. For students who attend the program part-time, their classes typically begin at 4:30 or later to better accommodate work schedules. However, all students are expected to be on-time for all classes, so your work schedule will need to be flexible. 2. Practicum in School Psychology I and II (EDUC 7931T and 7932T) are both required two-credit courses in which candidates spend at least 100 hours per semester in the field and attend a weekly seminar at the college. Candidates assigned to schools and agencies for fieldwork have an opportunity to work in these settings under the supervision of permanently certified school psychologists. Practicum is a beginning pre-professional, performance-based experience in which candidates are expected to provide only those services for which they have received specific training. In addition to a minimum of one hour of supervision provided by the appropriately credentialed fieldwork supervisor, the Program will provide weekly supervision in the form of a group seminar. All placements must
9 meet Criteria for Field Placements and be approved by the program. Practicum occurs in the second year of the program for full-time students, and in the third year for part-time students. It will require you to be in a school setting one day a week, so consider carefully how any work obligations will allow you to complete this course. 3. The internship in school psychology is the culminating experience that requires candidates to apply and integrate, under conditions of appropriate supervision, the full range of school psychology knowledge and competencies acquired in their extensive course work in prevention, assessment, intervention, and research. The New York State Education Department requires the school psychology internship for certification as a school psychologist, and the National Association of School Psychologists requires the school psychology internship for National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP). Candidates assigned to schools and agencies for internships in school psychology have an opportunity to work in appropriate settings under the supervision of permanently certified school psychologists. The internship experience occurs on a full-time basis over a period of one academic year, or over a period of two consecutive academic years on a half-time basis. Candidates are required to complete at least 1,200 hours over the course of their internship in the schools. At least 600 hours must be completed in an approved school setting in which the primary goal is the education of preschool through 12th grade students of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, disabilities, and needs. Although we encourage candidates to complete their entire internship in a school setting, the remaining 600 hours can be completed in an agency performing work relevant to school psychology. Twelve hundred hours is a minimum requirement, and candidates are encouraged to log as many additional internship hours as may be feasible. Candidates should be aware that 1,200 hours over 10 months is the equivalent of a full-time job. The time demands of internship make it impossible for candidates to maintain full-time employment in another field. All placements must meet Criteria for Internship Placements and be approved by the program. 4. Admission to the three-year (i.e., full-time) program precludes full-time employment. Also, many students in the part-time track find it exceedingly difficult to maintain full-time employment while attending the program, and often end up cutting back work hours to successfully manage both work and coursework. We strongly urge all applicants to only consider part-time employment while in the program.
10 Typical Programs Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Fall 3 Spring 3 Typical Program for Degree and Certificate: Three Year This schedule precludes full-time employment. 7900X Theories of Human Development 3 cr. 7903T Problems & Practices in School Psychology 3 cr. 7910X Cognitive and Academic Assessment I 4 cr. 7915X Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3 cr. 13 cr. 7901X Developmental Psychopathology 3 cr. 7907X Neuropsychology of Learning 3 cr. 7911X Cognitive and Academic Assessment II 3 cr. 7922T Multicultural Counseling and Consultation in Schools 3 cr. 12 cr. 7906X Instructional Interventions in Schools 3 cr. 7912X Social and Adaptive Behavioral Assessment 4 cr. 7920X Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Counseling 3 cr. 7931T Practicum in School Psychology I 2 cr. 12 cr. 7913X Integration of Assessment and Report Writing 3 cr. 7921X Counseling Children and Families 3 cr. 7923X Consultation in the Schools 3 cr. 7932T Practicum in School Psychology II 2 cr. 11 cr. 7904T Research Seminar in School Psychology 3 cr. 7933X Internship in School Psychology I 3 cr. 6 cr. 7905X Research Seminar in School Psychology II 3 cr. 7934X Internship in School Psychology II 3 cr. 6 cr. Bilingual students must also take: 7914X Psychological Assessment of Diverse Students 3 cr. Prerequisite to 7914X: Passing grade on the Language Proficiency Exam (BEA). A copy of the exam results must be on file before enrollment will be approved.
11 Typical Program for Degree and Certificate: Four Year Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2 Fall 3 Spring 3 Fall 4 Spring X Theories of Human Development 3 cr. 7910X Cognitive and Academic Assessment I 4 cr. 7 cr. 7901X Developmental Psychopathology 3 cr. 7911X Cognitive and Academic Assessment II 3 cr. 6 cr. 7903T Problems & Practices in School Psychology 3 cr 7912X Social and Adaptive Behavioral Assessment 4 cr. 7915X Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3 cr. 10 cr. 7907X Neuropsychology of Learning 3 cr. 7913X Integration of Assessment and Report Writing 3 cr. 7922T Multicultural Counseling and Consultation in the Schools 3 cr. 9 cr. 7906X Instructional Interventions in Schools 3 cr. 7920X Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Counseling 3 cr. 7931T Practicum in School Psychology I 2 cr. 8 cr. 7921X Counseling Children and Families 3 cr. 7923X Consultation in the Schools 3 cr. 7932T Practicum in School Psychology II 2 cr. 8 cr. 7904T Research Seminar in School Psychology 3 cr. 7933X Internship in School Psychology I 3 cr. 6 cr. 7905X Research Seminar in School Psychology II 3 cr. 7934X Internship in School Psychology II 3 cr. 6 cr. Bilingual students must also take: 7914X Psychological Assessment of Diverse Students 3 cr. Prerequisite to 7914X: Passing grade on the Language Proficiency Exam (BEA). A copy of the exam results must be on file before enrollment will be approved.
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