In accordance with state and national professional standards, graduates of the Seattle University School Psychology program demonstrate entry-level competence in each of eleven (10) domains of practice:
- Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability
- Consultation and Collaboration
- Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills
- Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills
- School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning
- Preventive and Responsive Services
- Family-School Collaboration Services
- Diversity in Development and Learning
- Research and Program Evaluation
- Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice
Competence requires demonstration of both knowledge and skills. The program ensures that graduates have a foundation in the knowledge-base for psychology and education, including theories, models, empirical findings, and techniques in each domain, and demonstrate professional skills necessary to deliver effective services that result in positive outcomes in each domain. Student performance on each of the benchmarks is evaluated formally during the internship.
Dedicated to a practitioner-scholar model, the program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in research-based practices that will equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective school psychologists. With the overarching vision of preparing knowledgeable, ethical and reflective school psychologists for leadership and service in diverse communities, the following program goals guide the preparation of all students:
- Practice in accordance with professional, ethical, and legal standards.
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to advocate for services responsive to the needs of diverse learners at all systems levels and the promotion of justice for underserved populations.
- Apply knowledge of theory and practice to promote cognitive, academic, social and emotional competence for youth at all school systems levels.
- Apply knowledge and skills to make data-based decisions that produce positive educational outcomes for youth.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal, consultation and collaboration skills to promote competence for all youth and to build the capacity of systems.
- Use self-reflection to guide their work with youth, families, and professional colleagues.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills to promote programs that make schools more safe, compassionate, and responsive to the academic and mental health needs of youth.
- Use technology to enhance and safeguard their work, promote positive educational outcomes for youth, and advocate for equitable access to technology within educational settings.
These personal competencies, professional dispositions and behaviors align closely to the work characteristics identified by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as essential to effective practice in school psychology:
- Communication skills
- Effective interpersonal communication
- Ethical responsibility
- Respect for human diversity
- Initiative and dependability
- Personal stability
Students are evaluated on the following characteristics at various points in the program, including at admissions, candidacy, pre-internship and internship.
To learn more, download a pdf of Student Outcomes for the School Psychology program.