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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!

4 What is a School Psychologist?

5 Child Advocate Advocate that all children can learn and be successful
Advocate for children’s best interest Advocate for safety and best practices

6 Mental Health Professional
Social-Emotional Assessment Group Counseling Individual Counseling Professional Development Mental Health Advocate Staff, Parent, and Student Education

7 Psycho-educational Assessment Expert
Conducts cognitive assessments and psycho-educational assessments Interprets assessments and data as an IEP Team Member Consults and Collaborates with school staff, district personnel, community members, mental health professionals, parents, and kids

8 Advisor Give recommendations based on best practices for school curricula, interventions, school and district policy, and accommodations Provide interpretation of Special Education Eligibility Criteria, Codes, Laws, and Regulations Advise on interventions and accommodations best suited for each individual child Prevention 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 Counselor School Psychologist At least 2 years grad school Trained in ed./counseling Individual and group counseling addressing a variety of issues, career planning, and course scheduling Employed in public schools and university advisement centers At least 3 years grad school Trained in ed./psychology Assessment, consultation, behavioral/academic intervention, crisis prevention/intervention, individual /group counseling, and program evaluation Employed 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 learning Child clinical psychologists: Usually work in a hospital, mental health center, private clinic, or university setting Are not typically trained in education, instruction, or classroom management Do not focus primarily on the multiple factors that affect learning

12 Where do School Psychologists Work?
Public and private schools Private practice Colleges and universities Community mental health centers Institutional/residential facilities Pediatric clinics and hospitals Criminal justice system Public agencies

13 Who are Today’s School Psychologists?
76.6% are women 17.8% are over 60 years of age Employed: 83.7% work in public schools 6.2% work in private schools 2.5% work in faith-based schools 7.4% work in universities 3.5% work in independent practice 5.0% work in other

14 Ethnicity of School Psychologists
% White/Caucasian 90.7 Hispanic/Latino 3.4 Black/African-American 3.0 Asian-American/Pacific Islander 1.3 American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6 Other 1.0 Source: NASP membership survey

15 What’s the Job Outlook? Excellent both at present and long-term!
Not enough graduates to meet demand Retirement will soon open many positions School 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 Information US News and World Report says median salary is $67,650 and mean is $72,220 in 2012 NASP Membership survey reports the following mean salaries of School Psychologists: Practitioner (200 Days Contract): $71,320 University Faculty: $77,801 Administration: $93,258 State Department: $75,000 Salaries 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 days 38.1% have contracts of 200 days or more Mean Per Diem Salary = $356.60 180 days = $64,188 190 days = $67,754 200 days = $71,320 210 days = $74,886 220 days = $75,452 • Mean Ed.S Per Diem Salary = $330.36

18 CSUS School Psychology Graduate Program

19 Why Choose CSUS School Psychology Graduate Program?
NASP approved and CCTC accredited training program In 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 President Dr. Melissa Holland, program coordinator Current 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 methods Begin 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 more Working in the field with supervision by practicing school psychologists and participating in IEP and SST meetings, observing in the classrooms, and running counseling sessions Conducting psycho-educational assessments in the CCDS (at Sac State) with direct supervision, instruction, and guidance Finish 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 project Complete units and coursework to further prepare you for your future career Graduate 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 institution A 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 score Submission 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 Psychology Education of Exceptional Children Intro to Behavioral Statistics (or similar Statistics coursework) Intro to Counseling Power, Privilege, and Self-Identity Tutoring 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.html Supplemental Program Application Packet deadline is Monday, February 2, 2015 Submit your completed supplemental application packet to Eureka Hall 401 Must complete University Application online by Sunday, February 1, 2015

29 Websites to Checkout National Association of School Psychologists

30 Excellent Opportunity– Mark Your Calendar!
CSUS 2015 School Psychology Conference: A Focus on Mental Health When: Friday, January 16th AND Friday, January 23rd Where: Sac State Campus What: Presentations by Dr. Stephen Brock, Dr. Melissa Holland, Marcy Gutierrez, and other professors and mental health professionals. Also a networking luncheon Register TODAY! for a registration form Student price of $50 for BOTH days!

31 Sources Curtis, M. J., Lopez, Castillo, J. M., & Gelley, C. (2010). School Psychology 2010: Demographics, employment, and the context for professional practices- part 1. NASP Communique. Bethesda: NASP. Curtis, M. J., Lopez, A. D., Batsche, G. M., Minch, D., & Abshier, D. (2007, March). Status report on school psychology: A national perspective. Paper presented at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York City. Fagan, T. K., & Wise, P. S. (2007). School psychology: Past, present, and future 3rd Ed. Bethesda: NASP. Hosp, J. L., & Reschly, D. J. (2002). Regional differences in school psychology practice. School Psychology Review, 31, Thomas, A. & Grimes, J. (2008). Best practices in school psychology V. Bethesda: NASP.

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