Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program

Purpose

The Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program is designed for men and women who desire graduate study and preparation for the school psychology profession who already hold a master's or doctoral degree in a mental health field (e.g., counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology and/or psychiatry).

Accreditation

Approved by Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

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 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 the 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. 

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Transcripts of previous graduate work and supporting documentation will be evaluated by the GDC faculty committee to verify completion of the following prerequisite courses:

Prerequisite Coursework (43 hours)
GCEP 500 Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy 3
GCEP 501 Principles and Techniques of Counseling 3
GCEP 502 Clinical Practicum 3
GCEP 510 Human Growth and Development 3
GCEP 520 Personality and Counseling Theory 3
GCEP 543 The Exceptional Child 3
GCEP 544 Academic Assessment 4
GCEP 545 Cognitive Assessment 4
GCEP 546 Test and Measurement 3
GCEP 547 Personality and Behavioral Assessment 4
GCEP 550 Group Theory and Therapy  3
GCEP 551 Program Evaluation Research Designs 2
GCEP 566 Research Methods and Statistics 2
GCEP 567 Cultural Foundations and Social Justice 3

Prior courses taken may potentially be accepted, upon approval, as prerequisite hours required to complete the program. Waivers of prerequisite coursework* might vary greatly from student to student. In addition to the prerequisite coursework, all students must complete the required 18 semester hours of coursework listed below.  Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered to meet prerequisite coursework requirements. Only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program will be considered. In addition to the prerequisite coursework, all students must complete the required 18 semester hours of coursework listed below.

*Applicants for the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program may petition the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) if they are dissatisfied with a denied waiver request.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 5 semester hours credit beyond the required prerequisite coursework is allowed toward the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program from accredited graduate schools (transfer credit is not allowed toward internship requirements). Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program will be considered for transfer. 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

Of the 18 semester hours required for the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program, a minimum of 13 hours 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 the 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 one year 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.

Other Degree Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 20 clock hours of personal counseling/therapy as part of the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program program. Additionally, an ongoing review process serves as a way to assess the student's fit for the program; fit for the profession; emotional, psychological, and intellectual ability; as well as maturity level for functioning safely as a mental health professional. GDC faculty will review students each fall and spring semester. For more specific information, please refer to the student handbook.

Completion Requirements

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

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 18 semester hours (beyond the stated prerequisite coursework) 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).
  • Complete a minimum of 20 one-hour sessions of personal therapy—individual, couples, and/or group (no more than 10 sessions may be in group therapy)—with a licensed therapist
  • Complete a minimum of 1,200 supervised hours in internship setting(s)
  • Successfully complete the Clinical Portfolio (reading fees are assessed during the final semester of clinical internship), in which the student articulates his/her current understanding of school psychology and applies the same through an analysis of his/her school psychology skills, an evaluation of his/her strengths, and a three-year professional development plan
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Curriculum Plan

Complete the following:

This course is preparatory for students' schoolbased internship experience, and is designed to acquaint students with the professional, legal, and ethical issues with which school counselors and school psychologists grapple. Students will become familiar with the ACA and ASCA or APA and NASP ethical codes, Oregon laws related to licensure and practicing as a school counselor or school psychologist, as well as the legal and professional responsibilities of school counselors and school psychologists, and will understand and experience how their values interact with the implementation of their codes. Students will also understand licensure and certification requirements relevant to their respective fields as part of their ongoing professional identity development. For students in School Counseling and School Psychology Programs only.
This course is a general introduction to the field of school psychology with an overview of major issues related to the professional practice of psychology in the schools. Topics for study include historical development, education and training, practice and research, licensure and certification, legal and ethical issues, diversity, and future directions. For students in the School Psychology program only, others by permission.
This course is intended to follow up on completion of all course work other than internship and the graduate clinical project, and in conjunction with GCEP 548 Internship in School Psychology I. The student will explore comprehensive assessment techniques and the administration, scoring, and interpretation of objective personality measures, as well as preparing written reports of test results; intervention strategies; appropriate community referrals; and collaboration with the school system and parents. Various therapeutic methods utilized in treatment and management of mental disorders will be presented. Pass/No Pass. For students in School Psychology programs only. Co-Requisite: GCEP 548
In this course, the student will complete the Clinical Portfolio. In Part I, the student will prepare a comprehensive literature review of their theory of application. In Part II, through use of video, session transcripts, and written reflection, the student will demonstrate the application of this theory in an actual case presentation, and in Part III the student will provide work samples for each of the TSPC school psychology standards. For students in School Psychology programs only. Pass/ No Pass. Corequisite: GCEP 549. Additional course fee required.
This course examines both the content and process of the Christian faith as well as its implications for clinical practice. Explored are an introduction to spirituality in mental health, basic hermeneutics as applied to Christian Scripture, basic theological concepts, the relationship between theology and psychology, health and toxic faith systems, spiritual development, spiritual/religious assessment, the spiritual/religious orientation and value system of the therapist, and treatment interventions in the spiritual/religious realm.
This course intends to deepen the student's knowledge base regarding the complexities of the human experience by examining neurological functioning and its role in human distress and recovery. Specifically, it explores the interplay between neurobiology, the social environment, and pharmacological interventions, and its influence on cognitive, affective, and behavioral functioning. The course offers an overview of neuroanatomy orienting the student to basic brain structure, advances in interpersonal neurobiology confirming the role of attachment relationships in brain development, and the role of interpersonal relationships and pharmacology in altering brain functioning.

Complete the following:

The internship will be completed in a school system psycho-educational facility, with the goal of emphasizing the professional practice of school psychology. Students will be expected to complete a total of 1,200 hours over a two-semester internship (600 hours per semester) of school psychology practicum under supervision, provided weekly both at the site (individual) and at George Fox University (in groups). Pre-requisites: completion of all other coursework.Students must have (a) completed all prerequisites with a B or better grade, (b) applied and been accepted as an internship candidate, and (c) attended the Internship Fair (during spring semester of that year). For students in School Psychology programs only.
The second internship will be a continuation of the first internship, and completed within the school system psycho-educational facility. It is designed to stress the professional practice of school psychology. Students will be expected to complete a total of 1,200 hours over a two-semester internship (600 hours per semester) of school psychology practicum under supervision, provided weekly both at the site (individual) and at George Fox University (in groups). (Students must have: (a) successfully passed candidacy, (b) completed all prerequisites with a B grade or better, (c) applied for internship, and (d) attended the Internship Fair before enrolling in internship.) Co-Requisite: GCEP 559, EDFL 708

Note:

In addition to fulfilling the above course requirements, school psychology students in the Initial School Psychology Licensure Preparation Program who seek the Initial School Psychology License will be asked to submit passing scores on the following assessments:
  1. California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis I (PPST), or have five years of experience practicing school psychology full time in a public school or regionally accredited private school in a U.S. jurisdiction before holding any Oregon license
  2. Praxis II Specialty Area Test in School Psychology
  3. ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination