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Develop and evaluate interventions designed to improve academic performance and behavioral life skills.
Analyze diversity and complex family issues; understand the impact on performance at the school and district level.
Fuse knowledge of school system structure and evidence-based practice to design school- and district-level interventions.
Collaborate at a leadership level with school system professionals to advance systemic improvement.
Use knowledge of research design, statistics, and measurement techniques to develop programs based on best practices.
Integrate knowledge of professional, ethical, and legal standards of performance and their impact.
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Learn the latest in theory and practice from doctoral, licensed practitioners who are actively engaged in their profession.
Access your engaging, online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.
Coursework, residencies, clinical practicum, internship, and research, mix traditional doctoral education with online technology.
Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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The blended PsyD in School Psychology focuses on consultation, supervision, evaluation, research, ethics, and intervention and prevention strategies in the field, using a mix of online coursework and practicum and internship field experiences.
You’ll get dedicated support early in your program, so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.
Enhance the skills you develop in your program coursework through these intensive, onsite experiences with students and faculty.
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client contact and supervision.
Consultation and Collaboration in the School
This course provides an overview of consultation theory, research, and practice in psychology and education. In this course, learners study the rationale and techniques used in consultation and collaboration with teachers, parents, administrators, and other school personnel for the purpose of preventing and remediating the learning and adjustment problems of school-aged children. Learners familiarize themselves with the history and status of consultation, conceptual foundations and models, processes, intervention and evaluation considerations, practice and ethical issues, and training approaches to consultation.
|5 quarter credits|
Child and Adolescent Development for School Psychologists
This course focuses on the development of children and adolescents from infancy through adolescence. Learners apply a developmental framework to the process of designing, evaluating, and monitoring interventions to address complex school needs and apply information about developmental skills to evidence-based school- and district-level interventions. In addition, learners analyze the impact of multiple complex and challenging family issues on student development and apply an understanding of types of diversity along a developmental continuum to student needs at the school and district level.
|5 quarter credits|
Childhood Mental Health, Counseling, and Crisis Intervention/Prevention
This course introduces learners to the diagnostic schema used with children and adolescents in mental health and school psychology professions. Learners examine the DSM-5, focusing on developing mastery of diagnostic criteria for childhood disorders and applying this criteria to case studies, methodology, research, historical, and political aspects of diagnosis. Learners consider alternatives to the current diagnostic system in order to develop comprehensive counseling plans, and identify crisis prevention and intervention models used within the educational setting.
|5 quarter credits|
In this course, learners study current theories, research, and methods used in the neuropsychological assessment of various mental disorders in adults, children, and adolescents. Learners review various neuropsychological screening and assessment instruments, clinical interviewing methods, and neuropsychological test batteries that are commonly used in the evaluation and assessment of neuropsychological disorders. Learners are introduced to functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, as well as to common syndromes and disease processes that can impair the human brain and central nervous system functioning. In addition, learners investigate the role of emotional functioning and effort within the context of the overall neuropsychological assessment process and gain an understanding of how to write a neuropsychological report. For PsyD learners only. Prerequisite(s): PSY8230. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
Advanced Biological Psychology
Learners in this course examine the biological factors related to psychopathology. The course emphasizes research problems and methods currently being explored in biological psychology. Topics include the role of genetic factors in psychopathology, the influence of physical and emotional trauma on brain function, biological considerations in treatment planning, addictive phenomena, and other clinically relevant subjects. Prerequisite(s): PSY7310. Learners in the PsyD in School Psychology degree program are exempt from this prerequisite. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|5 quarter credits|
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A side-by-side comparison of responsibilities, licensure, and degree requirements of school counselors and school psychologists.
Learn how licensure, education methods, and workplaces differ in clinical vs. non-clinical psychology.
Learn more about I/O Psychology, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online doctoral degree in school psychology.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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