James Madison University

Curriculum Overview

The following represents semester-by-semester sequencing of courses in the program as outlined in the current catalog:

1st Year Master of Arts Degree
Fall

PSYC 525 Role and Function of the School Psychologist
PSYC 605 Research and Inferential Statistics
PSYC 618 Social and Emotional Development
PSYC 674 Assessment I (Cognitive Assessment)

Spring

PSYC 606 Advanced Measurement Theory
PSYC 626 Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
PSYC 527 Psychological Foundations of Education
PSYC 777 Assessment II (Psycho-educational Assessment)

Summer

PSYC 749 Multicultural Perspectives of Intervention
PSYC 661 Counseling Techniques PSYC
695 Practicum in School Psychology

Total Semester Hours (Year I): 33
* Comprehensive exam is given in June
2nd Year Educational Specialist Degree
Fall

PSYC 750 Consultation and Intervention Techniques
PSYC 778 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology
PSYC 779 Assessment III (Personality Assessment)
PSYC 880 Introduction to Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology

Spring

PSYC 609 Applied Research Methods
PSYC 755 Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions with Children and Adolescents
PSYC 751 Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
PSYC 778 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

Summer

SPED 501 or SPED 512 or other approved course
READ 658 Principles, Practices, and Applications of Reading Assessment
PSYC 680 Independent Study (1 credit hour). At the program committee’s discretion, students who have not completed a research proposal in the spring may be required to sign up for this independent study.

3rd Year Educational Specialist Degree

Planning for internship begins in the year prior to internship. Two preparation seminars are held in which students are oriented to the procedures followed in identifying sites, interviewing, resume preparation, etc. The arrangement for the internship is a cooperative venture, shared by the student and the internship coordinator. A total of 9 hours of Internship and 6 hours of PSYC 800, Research Project in School Psychology, are required during the third year.

Fall

*PSYC 790 Internship in School Psychology
PSYC 800 Ed.S. Research Project- 2 credit hours

Spring

PSYC 790 Internship in School Psychology
PSYC 800 Ed.S. Research Project- 2 credit hours

Summer

PSYC 790 Internship in School Psychology
PSYC 800 Ed.S. Research Project- 2 credit hours

* See Internship Guidelines for details.
Total Semester Hours: 45
Total Semester Hours for Program: 78

Please note that because of scheduling needs, course sequencing may vary slightly from student to student. However, the majority of students complete the program within 3 calendar years.