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Teglasi, Hedwig, Full Member

Assistant Professor

O'Neal, Colleen R., Full Member

Wang, Cixin, Full Member

Assistant Clinical Professor

Jacobson, Jill, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Strein, William O., Full Member

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School Psychology (COSP)   

Program Title and Classification

School Psychology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Education

Abstract

The graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education (CoPE) include several distinct areas of specialization that are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for practice and scholarship in counseling and related human service professions. These fields are concerned with assisting people individually, in groups, and in organizations to attain their optimal level of personal, social, educational, and career functioning. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and universities, mental health agencies, business and industry, government agencies, and other community service and practice facilities. Depending on the specific area of specialization and level of training, program graduates may serve as researchers, educators, supervisors, psychologists, counselors, or program administrators.

Master's level professional entry-level training is offered in the School Counseling program, which prepares students to become school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. School counselors are leaders, advocates, and systemic change agents who provide individual and group counseling to school-aged children, develop and implement comprehensive developmental school counseling programs, and collaborate with all key stakeholders, including classroom teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members, to ensure the academic, personal-social, and college-career development of students.

The Ph.D. degree is offered in two areas of specialization: Counseling Psychology (in collaboration with the Psychology Department) and School Psychology. Doctoral studies prepare students to achieve exceptional competence in the theory and practice of their field; to develop a high level of skills as researchers, educators and administrators; and to assume positions of leadership in relevant settings. Students in the specialization of Counseling Psychology are prepared to work as researchers, educators, psychologists, and supervisors in such settings as academic departments, college and university counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. Doctoral-level school psychologists serve as researchers, university faculty, supervisors, administrators, and advanced level practitioners. Program accreditation within CoPE includes: The School Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The School Psychology doctoral program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and is also approved for certification by the Maryland State Department of Education. The School Counseling masters program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Note that, since 2012, the CoPE graduate programs have been part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. The CoPE programs were previously housed in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services.       

The School Psychology Program is an APA-accredited, research-intensive Ph.D. program in professional psychology that embodies the scientist-practitioner model. Program graduates pursue academic/research- and practice-oriented careers. Graduates of the Program are eligible for licensure as professional psychologists in Maryland and other states, and are also eligible for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential awarded by NASP. Graduates are automatically eligible for Maryland State Dept. of Education certification as a School Psychologist. 

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose: Statement of Purpose needs to be the goals and objectives in relation to those of the program.
  • Transcript(s)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Program-Specific Requirements:

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
1 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
1 Dec


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.education.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.)

 

The A.G.S. certificate is offered in some of the CoPE areas of specialization. For individuals who hold a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field, this certificate program may serve: 1) to provide the additional education required for professional certification or licensure in those specialty areas that require a program of two year's length, and/or 2) to provide the academic background for an advanced level of professional practice within a specialty area. Those interested in the AGS should contact the program before applying.    

 

Master of Arts (M.A.)

 

Students pursing doctoral degrees may earn the M.A. with thesis within the doctoral program while progressing to the Ph.D.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

The Doctoral program in School Psychology requires the completion of 101 credits, including 12 credits of EDCP 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Included in the 104 credit requirement, students should take one course in each of the following areas for a total of 24 credits: (1) Developmental Psychology, (2) Biological Aspects of Behavior, (3) Cognitive Psychology, (4) Social Aspects of Behavior, (5) History and Systems of Psychology, (6) Assessment Foundations, (7) Research Design, and (8) Cultural and Individual Diversity.

Students are required to complete the following courses:

EDCP 789Q Developmental Psychopathy (3 credits) EDMS 646 General Linear Models I (3 credits)
EDMS 651 General Linear Models II (3 credits) EDMS 799 Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)
EDCP 632 Cognitive Assessment (3 credits) EDCP 633 Diagnostic Appraisal of Children I (3 credits)
EDCP xxx Academic Assessment (1 credit) EDCP 738 Practicum in Child Assessment (6 credits)
EDCP 630 School-Based Behavioral Interventions (3 credits) EDCP 789Z Consultation (3 credits)
EDCP 635 School Consultation I (3 credits) EDCP 789N Therapeutic Approaches with Children (3 credits)
EDCP 789B Theories and Methods of Intervention (3 credits) EDCP 618 Counseling Skills: Introduction to Practicum (3 credits)
EDCP 651 or EDCP 617 Group Counseling (3 credits) EDCP 640/641 School Psychology Seminar (3 credits total)
EDCP 888C Field Work (6 credits) Clinical Supervision course (3 credits)
EDSP xxx Special Education Elective (3 credits) EDCP 889 Internship (6 credits)

 

 

 

Ph.D. students are expected to attain advanced skills as both practitioners and researchers in their area of specialization. All doctoral students are required to take advanced courses in statistics and research design. Because of the highly specialized nature of each of the doctoral programs, applicants should consult the web page for specific areas of specialization. These pages describe specific course and fieldwork requirements, the nature of the comprehensive examination required for completion of the program, and the dissertation requirements.    

 

Facilities and Special Resources

All master's, A.G.S., and doctoral students are required to include supervised fieldwork experiences in their degree programs. The CoPE programs have excellent cooperative relationships with on-campus facilities, such as the Counseling Center and Health Center. Fieldwork may also be done at a wide variety of school systems, colleges and universities, and counseling services and mental health agencies in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, or nationally.

 

In addition to campus and program resources, students utilize the many major research and professional institutions that are easily accessible to the campus. These include the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, professional associations such as the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.        

 

Financial Assistance

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education offers graduate research, teaching, and administrative assistantships on a selective basis to doctoral students. The Department also assists its students in finding assistantship placements with a variety of on-campus and off-campus units. In addition, a small number of new Ph.D. students are offered highly selective fellowships funded jointly by the Department and the University.      

Website

http://www.education.umd.edu

Contacts

Michal Boyars, Graduate Assistant

Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

University of Maryland, 3214 Benjamin Bldg

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-2858

Fax: (301) 405-9995

schlpsy@umd.edu

 

Carol Scott, Coordinator

Counseling, Higher Education, & Special Education

University of Maryland, 3214 Benjamin Bldg

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.8384

Fax: (301) 405-9995

chse-admissions@umd.edu

 

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EDCP

Keywords

CoPE