Graduate Training and Licensure of School Psychological Examiners
Typical training includes coursework beyond the Master of Education, Master of Science in Education, or Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Currently, School Psychological Examiners complete the courses required by their state department of education rather than by a prescribed self-contained program of studies. The coursework is equivalent to an entire Specialist or Doctoral Degree; unfortunately just a handful of institutions of higher education offer this kind of self-standing graduate program. Graduate courses, of psychological nature include:
- Special Education Law
- Advanced Child and Adolescent Growth and Development
- Psychology of Students with Exceptionalities
- Abnormal Child and Adult Psychology
- Advanced Statistics and Research in Education and Psychology
- Tests and measurements
- Assessment and Evaluation of the Individual
- Individual Intelligence quotient
- Group Assessment
- Diagnostics and Remedial Reading
- Ethical issues in education and psychological measurement and evaluation reporting
- Methods of Instructing Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- Methods of Instructing Students with Severe to Profound Disabilities
- Survey of Guidance and Counseling Techniques
- Practicum for School Psychological Examiners (150 supervised contact hours).
Licensure as School Psychological Examiner demands experience in a special education or school counseling setting, satisfactory completion of the required graduate coursework and practicum, plus a passing score on the 'Praxis II Special Education: Knowledge-Based Core Principles'. Graduate school recommendation and verification of experience by the employing school district complete the requirements. In addition to the practicum, on-the-job mentoring supervision for at least two school years, sometimes four years, allows the transition from initial licensure to standard professional licensure. An annual professional development plan and ongoing performance-based evaluation ensure 'High Quality' professionalism as required by the No Child Left Behind law and related regulations.
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