School Psychology Program

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Approved with Distinction

Elizabeth Holtzman
Associate Professor, Director of School Psychology
Adams Library 119
(401) 456-8051

RIC's School Psychology Program is part of the Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology Department (CEP) and is a National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) fully approved, 3-year, integrated, sequential program of study and supervised practice. The program is designed to prepare future school psychologists to provide a range of psychological and educational services with specialized focus on the developmental processes of children and youth within their schools, families, and other social systems. Instructional content is rooted in developing an awareness of and respect for the dignity and worth of all people. Course work integrates theory and research in child and adolescent development, consultation, counseling, assessment, and empirically based interventions. A triadic model of school psychological service delivery is in place emphasizing

  1. assessment
  2. direct intervention
  3. indirect intervention
Assessment competencies include skill in selection, interpretation, and synthesis of data from multiple sources and across multiple settings. Direct and indirect interventions (e.g., individual/group counseling, needs assessment, prevention programs, response-to-intervention) are designed to achieve goals in behavioral, social, emotional, and academic areas. Consultation and collaborative problem solving involves planning, implementing, and evaluating programs with other professionals, parents, and school personnel.

An important mission of our program is to develop students' professional attitudes and skills that are essential for lifelong learning and scientific problem solving. We adhere to the reflective practitioner model in preparing highly qualified school psychologists to practice in public schools or related educational settings.

M.A. in Educational Psychology / C.A.G.S. in School Psychology

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