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1 California State University, Sacramento School Psychology Program
2 Interested In… Helping kids of all ages? Promoting mental health? Working with a variety of educators, community members, and mental health professionals?Flexibility and a variety of career options?Having a stable, well-paying career that is in high demand?
3 Then School Psychology Could be the Career For YOU!
5 Child Advocate Advocate that all children can learn and be successful Advocate for children’s best interestAdvocate for safety and best practices
6 Mental Health Professional Social-Emotional AssessmentGroup CounselingIndividual CounselingProfessional DevelopmentMental Health AdvocateStaff, Parent, and Student Education
7 Psycho-educational Assessment Expert Conducts cognitive assessments and psycho-educational assessmentsInterprets assessments and data as an IEP Team MemberConsults and Collaborates with school staff, district personnel, community members, mental health professionals, parents, and kids
8 AdvisorGive recommendations based on best practices for school curricula, interventions, school and district policy, and accommodationsProvide interpretation of Special Education Eligibility Criteria, Codes, Laws, and RegulationsAdvise on interventions and accommodations best suited for each individual childPrevention and Intervention
9 Leader in Research National Association of School Psychology (NASP) California Association of School Psychology (CASP)
10 What’s the Difference Between… School CounselorSchool PsychologistAt least 2 years grad schoolTrained in ed./counselingIndividual and group counseling addressing a variety of issues, career planning, and course schedulingEmployed in public schools and university advisement centersAt least 3 years grad schoolTrained in ed./psychologyAssessment, consultation, behavioral/academic intervention, crisis prevention/intervention, individual /group counseling, and program evaluationEmployed in public/private schools, private practice, mental health centers, and universities
11 How are School Psychologists Different from Child Clinical Psychologists? School psychologists focus on how social emotional issues, family problems, neurological factors, and mental illness affect learningChild clinical psychologists:Usually work in a hospital, mental health center, private clinic, or university settingAre not typically trained in education, instruction, or classroom managementDo not focus primarily on the multiple factors that affect learning
12 Where do School Psychologists Work? Public and private schoolsPrivate practiceColleges and universitiesCommunity mental health centersInstitutional/residential facilitiesPediatric clinics and hospitalsCriminal justice systemPublic agencies
13 Who are Today’s School Psychologists? 76.6% are women17.8% are over 60 years of ageEmployed:83.7% work in public schools6.2% work in private schools2.5% work in faith-based schools7.4% work in universities3.5% work in independent practice5.0% work in other
14 Ethnicity of School Psychologists %White/Caucasian90.7Hispanic/Latino3.4Black/African-American3.0Asian-American/Pacific Islander1.3American Indian/Alaskan Native0.6Other1.0Source: NASP membership survey
15 What’s the Job Outlook? Excellent both at present and long-term! Not enough graduates to meet demandRetirement will soon open many positionsSchool Psychology was named one of the“50 best careers” for by US News and World Report"According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12% from 2012 to 2022, and one of the groups with the best job prospects will be those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.“
16 Salary InformationUS News and World Report says median salary is $67,650 and mean is $72,220 in 2012NASP Membership survey reports the following mean salaries of School Psychologists:Practitioner (200 Days Contract): $71,320University Faculty: $77,801Administration: $93,258State Department: $75,000Salaries for school psychologists vary by district, state, and region.
17 Contracts and Salaries: Full-Time School-Based Practitioners 60.5% have contracts of 170 to 199 days38.1% have contracts of 200 days or moreMean Per Diem Salary = $356.60180 days = $64,188190 days = $67,754200 days = $71,320210 days = $74,886220 days = $75,452• Mean Ed.S Per Diem Salary = $330.36
19 Why Choose CSUS School Psychology Graduate Program? NASP approved and CCTC accredited training programIn 3 years (6 semesters) earn your Master’s and Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.)in School Psychology, and Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)Optional Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with additional coursework and supervised hours which allows you to practice independent clinical counseling.EXCELLENT Reputation
20 Excellent Teaching Current Full Time Faculty Dr. Stephen Brock, NASP PresidentDr. Melissa Holland, program coordinatorCurrent practicing school psychologists, clinical psychologists, behavioral specialists, and other mental health professionals
21 During the 1st Year, You Will… Take courses in group and individual counseling, psycho- educational assessment, child development, and research methodsBegin individual counseling and psycho-educational assessment with direct supervision, instruction, and guidance from highly qualified, practicing school psychologists and clinical psychologists
22 During the 2nd Year You Will… Take courses in psycho-educational assessment, behavior assessment and intervention, academic interventions, and much moreWorking in the field with supervision by practicing school psychologists and participating in IEP and SST meetings, observing in the classrooms, and running counseling sessionsConducting psycho-educational assessments in the CCDS (at Sac State) with direct supervision, instruction, and guidanceFinish your 4th (full time) semester with a Master’s in Education, School Psychology
23 During the 3rd Year, You Will… Work as an Intern (usually paid) in a local school district with guidance and supervision from practicing school psychologists and your professors.Work on your thesis or projectComplete units and coursework to further prepare you for your future careerGraduate with an Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology (Ed.S.) and your Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS)
24 Cohort for Life!All classes with the school psychology program will be with your cohort (who will be your future colleagues)
26 Admission Requirements A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institutionA minimum of 3.0 grade point average (if GPA is below a 3.0, student may be accepted conditionally)Evidence of registration for or CBEST passing scoreSubmission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores- from the three sections of the General Test taken within five years of applying to the Ed.S. program. (GRE not required for Fall application but will be required starting Fall 2016)
27 Pre-requisite Requirements Abnormal PsychologyEducation of Exceptional ChildrenIntro to Behavioral Statistics (or similar Statistics coursework)Intro to CounselingPower, Privilege, and Self-IdentityTutoring Children Reading Course and/or Experience*Similar coursework covering topics from the above courses may be used with department approval. Provide evidence that coursework taken meets requirements of the courses listed and discuss with advisor/program coordinator once you have been admitted in the program.
28 Applications for Fall 2015 are DUE Sunday, February 1, 2015 specialist-school-psychology.htmlSupplemental Program Application Packet deadline is Monday, February 2, 2015Submit your completed supplemental application packet to Eureka Hall 401Must complete University Application online by Sunday, February 1, 2015
29 Websites to Checkout National Association of School Psychologists (301)
30 Excellent Opportunity– Mark Your Calendar! CSUS 2015 School Psychology Conference: A Focus on Mental HealthWhen: Friday, January 16th AND Friday, January 23rdWhere: Sac State CampusWhat: Presentations by Dr. Stephen Brock, Dr. Melissa Holland, Marcy Gutierrez, and other professors and mental health professionals. Also a networking luncheonRegister TODAY! for a registration formStudent price of $50 for BOTH days!
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