School Psychology Certificate of Advanced Study
The University at Albany, State University of New York offers a program in School Psychology which leads to a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS). The CAS is minimally a three-year, 73 credit-hour training program. Students admitted to the program are eligible for the MS in Educational Psychology and Methodology and students intending to apply for New York State certification as a school psychologist must receive the MS in addition to the CAS in School Psychology.
The Program's philosophy is that preparation of school psychologists is dependent on: (a) a solid foundation in psychological and educational theory and research, and skill-based training in psychological assessment and intervention methods; and (b) opportunities for supervised application of theory, research, and reflective practice. This is accomplished through an academic component consisting of coursework in psychological foundations; educational foundations and related areas; research, measurement, and statistics; intervention/problem solving; and professional school psychology. Furthermore, a second component involves the trainee in applied professional experiences through field training. This philosophy is consistent with an integrated model in which theory and research provide the basis for school psychological practice, the implementation and evaluation of which subsequently informs theory, research, and practice. The aim of the Program is the development of school psychologists who are well educated in both psychology and education. Using this knowledge, school psychologists are able to use a variety of skills to improve students' educational experiences and psychological well being. As such, these individuals provide a variety of services, including consultation, assessment, and direct intervention.
1. Psychological Foundations (15).
2. Research, measurement, statistics (9).
3. Intervention/Problem Solving (25).
4. Educational Foundations (9).
5. Professional School Psychology (3).
6. Professional Practice (12).
This internship, in an appropriate school system, is arranged by and under the supervision of
the University for a period of not less than one year of full-time activity.
Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence Prevention in Education) Training, NYS Mandated Reporter/Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, and DASA Training are also required. These do not carry course credit but are noted on each student's transcript. As an approved teacher preparation program with the New York State Education Department, there may be additional certification requirements applicable. These requirements may include, but are not limited to additional workshops. Certification procedures and requirements are outlined on the School of Education’s Teacher Certification website (http://www.albany.edu/education/teacher_certification.php).
The student must pass a comprehensive examination in school psychology.