School: California School of Education
Calendar(s): 8-week term
CIP Code: 42.2805
With increasing frequency, schools must find ways to help students learn while coping with a broad array of challenges that include language and cultural barriers; exposure to violence, victimization, or substance abuse; attention deficit, and other neurological/behavioral disorders.
This program prepares students to gain the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential that allows them to eligible to practice in California’s K-12 schools as a school psychologist.
Students in the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential Program have the option for earning a master’s degree. Students seeking the master’s degree after enrollment in the PPS only program will be required to inform Alliant and formally change their program of choice no later than the start of their final term of required courses. A program change cannot occur during the final term or during Advanced Clinical Practice Supervision.
Program Learning Outcomes/Goals
Coursework for this program assures that each candidate has knowledge and displays leadership in the following areas:
- Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability: School psychologists have knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment that yield information useful in identifying strengths and needs, in understanding problems, and in measuring progress and accomplishments. School psychologists use such models and methods as part of a systematic process to collect data and other information, translate assessment results into empirically-based decisions about service delivery, and evaluate the outcomes of services. Data-based decision-making permeates every aspect of professional practice.
- Consultation and Collaboration: School psychologists have knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and/or other consultation models and methods and of their application to particular situations. School psychologists collaborate effectively with others in planning and decision-making processes at the individual, group, and system levels.
- Effective Instruction and Development of Cognitive/Academic Skills: School psychologists have knowledge of human learning processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of cognitive and academic skills. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, develop appropriate cognitive and academic goals for students with different abilities, disabilities, strengths, and needs; implement interventions to achieve those goals; and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. Such interventions include, but are not limited to, instructional interventions and consultation.
- Socialization and Development of Life Skills: School psychologists have knowledge of human developmental processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social skills. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, develop appropriate behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social goals for students of varying abilities, disabilities, strengths, and needs; implement interventions to achieve those goals; and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. Such interventions include, but are not limited to, consultation, behavioral assessment/intervention, and counseling.
- Student Diversity in Development and Learning: School psychologists have knowledge of individual differences, abilities, and disabilities and of the potential influence of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors in development and learning. School psychologists demonstrate the sensitivity and skills needed to work with individuals of diverse characteristics and to implement strategies selected and/or adapted based on individual characteristics, strengths, and needs.
- School and Systems Organization, Policy Development, and Climate: School psychologists have knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services. They understand schools and other settings as systems. School psychologists work with individuals and groups to facilitate policies and practices that create and maintain safe, supportive, and effective learning environments for children and others.
- Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Mental Health: School psychologists have knowledge of human development and psychopathology and of associated biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior. School psychologists provide or contribute to prevention and intervention programs that promote the mental health and physical well-being of students.
- Home/School/Community Collaboration: School psychologists have knowledge of family systems, including family strengths and influences on student development, learning, and behavior, and of methods to involve families in education and service delivery. School psychologists work effectively with families, educators, and others in the community to promote and provide comprehensive services to children and families.
- Research and Program Evaluation: School psychologists have knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods. School psychologists evaluate research, translate research into practice, and understand research design and statistics in sufficient depth to plan and conduct investigations and program evaluations for improvement of services.
- School Psychology Practice and Development: School psychologists have knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of various service models and methods; of public policy development applicable to services to children and families; and of ethical, professional, and legal standards. School psychologists practice in ways that are consistent with applicable standards, are involved in their profession, and have the knowledge and skills needed to acquire career-long professional development.
- Information Technology: School psychologists have knowledge of information sources and technology relevant to their work. School psychologists access, evaluate, and utilize information sources and technology in ways that safeguard or enhance the quality of services.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
Internship, Practicum, and/or Dissertation Information
Students who are seeking the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology must complete a 450-hour practicum and a 1200-hour internship (as detailed in the School Psychology Handbook). Internships may be paid or non-paid. Paid internships are dependent upon the budgets and policies associated with individual school districts.
Total Credit Units: 60
Total Core Credit Units: 60
Total Elective Credit Units: N/A
Total Concentration Credit Units: N/A
- National School Psychology Praxis II Exam
All students are required to take and pass the current Praxis exam. If a student does NOT pass the current Praxis exam, the student will be required to retake the exam and will be referred to the SERC team and/or undergo an evaluation process prior to exiting the program; dismissal from the program may occur.
IMPORTANT: When registering for a test, students are permitted to send four free score reports to agencies or institutions of choice. Students must 1) designate Alliant as their institution during the registration processing and 2) designate Alliant as a score recipient during the registration process.
*The courses indicated are core curriculum, assessment and/or internship courses not eligible for transfer credit.