Continuing School Counseling Licensure Preparation Program

Purpose

The Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is designed to meet the coursework requirements for the Continuing School Psychology License.

Accreditation

Approved by Oregon Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate and articulate an identity as a professional school psychologist including foundations, models, methods, public policy, ethical, professional, and legal standards
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to collect data in a variety of areas for service and evaluate outcomes with cultural competence and relevance to age birth to 21 years
  • Demonstrate knowledge, methods, and application of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and other consultation models
  • Demonstrate the personal awareness, theoretical knowledge, and clinical skills needed to provide multi-culturally sensitive prevention, intervention, collaboration, and consultation
  • Effectively consult and collaborate with parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, and other school and community members
  • Demonstrate reflective and ethical decision making grounded in the knowledge of relevant legal and ethical codes as well as in an examination of personal values
  • Effectively work with information sources and technology to advocate for all students, and to evaluate and improve quality of services
  • Apply relevant research, statistics and evaluation methods in the practice of school psychology
  • Demonstrate the College of Education Conceptual Framework to Think Critically, Transform Practice, and Promote Justice  
  • Articulate how personal faith informs one’s identity and practice as a professional school psychologist

Admission Requirements

  • Master's or doctoral degree in the mental health field from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above is required. Completed Application Form at apply.georgefox.edu
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Résumé of work and/or volunteer experience
  • Written admission statement addressing the question provided in the Application Form
  • One academic reference form and one professional reference form
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Group interview with the Admissions Committee. An invitation will be extended to those meeting initial program criteria.
The Admissions Committee will consider each application item and the Group Interview as part of the admissions decision.

Additional requirements for International Students are online here.

Applicants to the Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program must have completed the coursework identified under the Education Specialist in School Psychology program and any additional coursework identified by the Graduate Department of Counseling faculty committee. Alternatively, the applicant must have completed, in Oregon or another U.S. jurisdiction, an initial graduate program in school psychology at an institution approved by TSPC.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is allowed toward the Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

All 6 hours required for the Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the certificate must be completed within 5 years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Department of Counseling (GDC) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the program. A leave of absence is valid for up to three semesters after which the student must re-apply to the program.

Course Requirements

The Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is generally 2-4 years in length with 18 hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 12 are in core counseling and school psychology coursework and 6 internship hours.

Completion Requirements

In order to complete the Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a required course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook)
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Curriculum Plan

Complete the following:

This course will help students learn about and apply emerging research in school psychology, learning, and school improvement. Special emphasis will be placed on diversity issues in each of these research areas. There will be a focus on how this information can help school psychologists be more effective in encouraging student achievement acknowledging individual differences and diversity issues. Prerequisite: hold an Initial School Psychologist License.
This course builds upon GCEP 611. It will focus on issues of learning and diversity, and the relevant research on these topics, such as culturally sensitive instruments. The course will be a combination of lecture, group discussion, and student presentations. Students will write a literature review focusing on learning and diversity (preapproved by the professor) of publishable quality. Prerequisites: hold an Initial School Psychologist License and GCEP 611.
This systems course will emphasize the importance of school counselors working from a systems perspective to encourage student success in the classroom. Special focus will be placed on how to work most effectively with colleagues, staff, parents, and the public, separately with each system when appropriate, and when to work collaboratively with two or more systems, and the impact it might have on the student. The role of the school psychologist as a leader, collaborating with others, and advocating for the student will be explored in consideration of ethical and legal guidelines. Prerequisite: hold an Initial School Psychology License.
This systems course will explore how to work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse students and/or parents, teachers, school personnel, and communities. There will also be an emphasis on special interest groups and how to work collaboratively with students and/or parents, teachers, school personnel, and communities to encourage student success. It will also consider the role of the school psychologist in taking leadership, collaboration, and advocacy when working with diverse and specialized interest groups. Prerequisites: hold an Initial School Psychologist License and GCEP 612.
This course is designed for individuals with an Initial Psychologist License. It will address advanced legal issues encountered by school psychologists. Emphasis will be placed on reviewing school law pertaining to school psychologists. Through case discussion, individuals will have an opportunity to apply school law. A legal decision-making process for school psychologists will be introduced and applied in this course. Prerequisite: hold an Initial School Psychologist License.