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Educational Psychology Specialist Certificate in Education and School Psychological Services

Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 250 Educational Science Building, 56 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4156; fax 612-624-8241).
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 60
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Certificate of Specialist in Educ/Sch Psych Svc
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
School psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, the Minnesota Board of Teaching, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Through coursework and practica/internships, students develop competencies in assessment, consultation, intervention and program development, research, and evaluation. Graduates are employed as psychologists in local schools, university clinics and hospitals, community mental health centers, and as trainers/researchers in universities. Since 1988, training has focused on the delivery of psychological services in schools and school communities to promote children's and adolescent's academic, social, and behavioral success. The specialist certificate integrates didactic and experiential components of training and applied research. Students develop specific competencies through a broad range of applied experiences, including field placements, practica assignments, and a full-year internship. The specialist certificate is designed for students who want to become practitioners. It meets the Minnesota certification requirements for school psychologists.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must apply online submitting a department application, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of goals and interests. Applicants must also submit a critical issue essay, answering the following questions: Identify a critical problem facing contemporary schools in America or another country. What do you think are the social, political, and/or economic factors that are contributing to this problem? What specific solutions might you propose to tackle the problem? Applications should be accompanied by official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. The GRE General Test is required; an interview is also required for those who make the initial cut. Applications are accepted for fall admission only (deadline November 15).
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Students take 60 credits distributed as follows: 15 credits EPSY core courses, 6 credits EPSY electives, and 45 credits school psychology course requirements (6 credits can satisfy EPSY elective requirement). There is a written final exam.
Ed Psych Core Course Requirements
Students must take 3 credits in statistics, 3 credits in measurement/evaluation, 3 credits learning/cognition, 3 credits social/personality, 3 credits in research methods and 6 credits EPSY electives. Courses taken to satisfy EPSY core requirements must be taken on an A-F grade basis.
Statistics
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8251 - Statistical Methods in Education I (3.0 cr)
Measurement/Evaluation
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3.0 cr)
Learning/Cognition
School Psychology students in the Specialist Certificate program may submit a petition for EPSY 5659.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5101 - Intelligence and Creativity (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5112 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5115 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5119 - Mind, Brain, and Education (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5191 - Education of the Gifted and Talented (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8112 - Mathematical Cognition (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8115 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8707 - Principles of Behavior Analysis and Learning (3.0 cr)
· CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes (4.0 cr)
· PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain (3.0 cr)
· PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language (3.0 cr)
· PSY 8042 - Proseminar in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior (3.0 cr)
Social/Personality
EPSY 8819 - Emotion & Childhood Psychopathology (3.0 cr)
Research Methods
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5216 - Introduction to Research in Educational Psychology and Human Development (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education (3.0 cr)
EPSY Electives
6 credits of EPSY electives can be satisfied by school psychology course requirements.
School Psychology Course Requirements
Students must take 36 credits required courses, 3 credits research problems and 6 credits electives.
Required Courses
Students must take EPSY 8813 twice for 4 credits total, EPSY 8818 twice for 4 credits total, and EPSY 8842 for 4 credits. EPSY courses will satisfy 6 credits educational psychology elective core requirement.
EPSY 5851 - Engaging Diverse Students and Families (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8811 - Assessment in School Psychology I: Foundations of Academic Assessment (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8812 - Assessment in School Psychology II: Intellectual and Social-Emotional Domains (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8813 - Introductory Practicum in School Psychology (2.0 cr)
EPSY 8815 - Behavioral and Social Emotional Prevention and Intervention (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8816 - Academic Prevention and Intervention (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8817 - Problem Analysis and Consultation in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8818 - Intermediate Practicum in School Psychology (2.0 cr)
EPSY 8821 - Issues in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8823 - Ethics and Professional Standards in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
EPSY 8842 - Internship: School Psychological Services (1.0-10.0 cr)
Research Problems
EPSY 8822 - Research in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
Electives
Students must take 6 credits electives from the following list. Other courses may be taken with permission of advisor.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· EPSY 5802 - History & Scientific Bases of Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8831 - Comprehensive School Practicum in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8832 - Advanced Practicum in School Psychology (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 8849 - Assessment in Early Childhood (3.0 cr)
 
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EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/5231/5261/5263
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of statistical concepts/procedures. Graphs, numerical summaries. Normal distribution, correlation/regression analyses, probability, statistical inferences for one or two samples. Hypothesis tests, Chi-square tests. Conceptual understanding/application of statistics.
EPSY 8251 - Statistical Methods in Education I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02313
Prerequisites: [EPSY 5261 or equiv] or undergrad statistics course
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Statistical Methods in Education I is the first course in an entry-level, doctoral sequence for students in education. This course covers estimation and hypothesis testing with a particular focus on ANOVA and an introduction to multiple linear regression. Prepares students for EPSY 8252/8262. prereq: [EPSY 5261 or equiv] or undergrad statistics course
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts, principles, and methods in educational/psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Modern measurement theories, including item response theory and generalizability theory. Emphasizes construction, interpretation, use, and evaluation of assessments regarding achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes, personality, and exceptionality.
EPSY 5101 - Intelligence and Creativity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01874
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Contemporary theories of intelligence and intellectual development and contemporary theories of creativity and their implications for educational practices and psychological research.
EPSY 5113 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to adult learning and instructional design. Application of core foundational knowledge to development of effective learning environments for adults. Topics include philosophy, learning theories, instructional models, development and experience, individual differences, evaluation, assessment, and technology.
EPSY 5114 - Psychology of Student Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01814 - EPsy 3301/EPsy 5114
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed for students to engage in advanced study in the psychology of student learning, cognition, and development as it applies to educational psychology. Topics include: principles of learning, cognitive development, behaviorism, motivation, intelligence, reasoning, instruction, and assessment.
EPSY 5119 - Mind, Brain, and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How educationally relevant skills/concepts develop in both typical/atypical children. prereq: 3301 or equiv
EPSY 5191 - Education of the Gifted and Talented
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Theories of giftedness, talent development, instructional strategies, diversity and technological issues, implications for educational practices and psychological inquiry, and international considerations.
EPSY 8112 - Mathematical Cognition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Cognitive science research. Papers investigating how adults/children understand fundamental mathematical concepts. Papers drawn from psychology, neuroscience, education literatures. prereq: 5114 or equiv
EPSY 8115 - Psychology of Instruction and Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Seminar including, but not limited to, learning and instructional theories, advanced and emerging technologies, and measurement and evaluation.
EPSY 8116 - Reading for Meaning: Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Texts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cognitive processes that take place during reading comprehension/implications of these processes for instruction/assessment.
EPSY 8707 - Principles of Behavior Analysis and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of behavioral science. Thinking about learning/behavior, applying principles to common human experiences. Scholarly leadership skills. prereq: [Grad student, foundational course in [learning or psychology]] or instr consent
CPSY 8301 - Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Processes
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Perceptual, motor, cognitive, and language development, and biological bases of each. Conceptual framework of research issues. prereq: Doctoral student, instr consent
PSY 5014 - Psychology of Human Learning and Memory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Human memory encoding/retrieval. How we adaptively use memory. Brain systems that support memory. Episodic/semantic memory. Working/short-term memory. Procedural memory. Repetition priming. Prospective remembering. Autobiographical memory. prereq: 3011 or 3051 or honors or grad student
PSY 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Human cognitive abilities (perception, memory, attention) from different perspectives (e.g., cognitive psychological approach, cognitive neuroscience approach). prereq: [Honors or grad] or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 5054 - Psychology of Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories/experimental evidence in past/present conceptions of psychology of language. prereq: Grad or [[jr or sr], [3011 or 3031 or 3051 or 3061]] or instr consent
PSY 8042 - Proseminar in Cognition, Brain, and Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Advanced topics in cognition, brain, and behavior. Lecture, discussion, and student-led presentations of research papers on core topics of attention, memory, emotion, categorization, thinking, and language, and intersections between these areas. prereq: Psy grad student or instr consent
EPSY 8819 - Emotion & Childhood Psychopathology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This seminar is designed to provide an overview of historical and current perspectives on emotion and childhood psychopathology, including current diagnostic and classification systems, with emphasis on specific disorders. The course will focus on disorders that are typically observed by psychologists working in schools and other applied settings.
EPSY 5216 - Introduction to Research in Educational Psychology and Human Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing/conducting a research study. Reviewing literature, formulating research problem, using different approaches to gather data, managing/analyzing data, reporting results. prereq: 5261 or intro statistics course
EPSY 8215 - Advanced Research Methodologies in Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Quantitative research methods. Models of scientific inquiry. Role of theories/research design. Role of measurement error in quantitative data-based inference. Qualitative methods of inquiry. Quantitative/qualitative methodologies in methodologically-oriented studies in educational measurement, evaluation, stats.
EPSY 5851 - Engaging Diverse Students and Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theoretical, practical, scientific issues involved in school psychological practice/training/research. Theoretical/empirical bases for developing appropriate dispositions, practices, strategies. Illustrative lectures, discussions, group activities, case studies, presentations. prereq: Honors senior or grad student
EPSY 8811 - Assessment in School Psychology I: Foundations of Academic Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories and models of psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents within home, school, and community. Conceptual and empirical foundations of eco-behavioral assessment that lead to efficient but comprehensive assessment of children presented from problem-solving perspective. prereq: Grad ed psy major with school psy subprog or instr consent
EPSY 8812 - Assessment in School Psychology II: Intellectual and Social-Emotional Domains
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Builds on EPsy 8811. Emphasizes gathering data on a child's intellectual and social-emotional functioning and educational progress. prereq: Grad ed psy major with school psy subprog or instr consent
EPSY 8813 - Introductory Practicum in School Psychology
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students complete a variety of learning activities intended to foster familiarity with the school environment and role of the school psychologist including school observations, and formal and informal assessment techniques. All measures complement other facets of assessment presented in EPSY 8811 and 8812.
EPSY 8815 - Behavioral and Social Emotional Prevention and Intervention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theories and research-based practices underlying prevention and intervention practices to support studentsí behavioral, social, and emotional development. Applied projects and assignments in practicum placements. prereq: 8821, 8811, 8812
EPSY 8816 - Academic Prevention and Intervention
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories and research-based approaches to prevention, instruction, and intervention practices to support studentsí cognitive and academic development in core curricular domains. Applied projects and assignments in practicum placements.
EPSY 8817 - Problem Analysis and Consultation in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practical application of problem analysis and consultation models with school staff, parents, and students. Theories, approaches, and barriers to research-based indirect services in school psychology. Applied projects and assignments in practicum placements.
EPSY 8818 - Intermediate Practicum in School Psychology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students complete a variety of learning activities intended to foster familiarity with the role of the school psychologist including formal and informal assessment techniques, academic and social-emotional interventions, and consultation. All interventions and consultation activities are linked to didactic portions of EPSY 8815, 8816, 8817. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8815 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 8816
EPSY 8821 - Issues in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
School psychology as professional field of specialization in psychology/education. Historical, theoretical, and research basis of school psychology. How school systems operate. Common roles/functions of school psychologists. In-class discussion, didactic/field-based assignments. prereq: EPsy grad student with SchlPsy subprog
EPSY 8823 - Ethics and Professional Standards in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Ethics, law, and current educational issues applied to study/practice of school psychology. Ethical principles, state/federal laws governing educational practices. How mandates are applied to work of school psychologists in general/special populations (e.g., special education, ESL, ethnic/racial minorities). Students apply learning as researchers and practicing school psychologists in schools. prereq: 8821
EPSY 8842 - Internship: School Psychological Services
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 99.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced field placement. Full-time supervised experience for one year or part-time for no more than two years. prereq: Grad ed psy major with school psy subprog, instr consent
EPSY 8822 - Research in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Integrative, developmental series of discussions/activities about research in school psychology. Instruction/discussion regarding consumption, synthesis, conduct, dissemination of school psychology research.
EPSY 5802 - History & Scientific Bases of Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course is designed to provide discipline-specific knowledge comprising the core of psychology. Accordingly, students will attain substantial knowledge in (1) history and systems of psychology, (2) affective, (3) biological, (4) cognitive, (5) developmental, and (6) social aspects of behavior.
EPSY 8831 - Comprehensive School Practicum in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised school field placement requiring assessment, consultation, prevention, and intervention activities.
EPSY 8832 - Advanced Practicum in School Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised field placement individualized to student interests and training goals. May require variety of assessment, consultation, prevention, and intervention activities.
EPSY 8849 - Assessment in Early Childhood
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Training psychologists/researchers in use of various assessment tools, including observational assessment strategies, for children birth-age 7. Intended primarily for graduate level practitioners-in-training interested in applied information on assessment/intervention services. prereq: [8811, 8812] or equivalent in related programs