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School Psychology

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.

Members

Associate Professors Emeriti

L. Miller.

Associate Professors

L. Ford, S. Mercer.

Assistant Professors

A. Cloth, W. McKee, R. Weber.

Program Overview

The School Psychology graduate program prepares students to become psychologists who work in schools, academic, research, community, and private practice settings. The primary goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists whose research, training, and practice activities increase the educational and psychological well-being of children and youth. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model, with emphasis on the integration of theory, research, and clinical skills. Training encompasses academic, social, behavioural, consultation, intervention, and prevention domains, and students receive training in the integration of assessment and intervention, and in relevant professional, legal, and ethical issues. Science and professional practice are viewed as interactive and complementary, with research integrated across core psychological and educational foundations, as well as relevant practical experiences at all levels of the program. The program places a strong emphasis on evidence-based prevention, intervention, and systems-level change. In addition school psychology training at UBC maintains a strong appreciation for diversity, in terms of the populations served, the students admitted, the issues and elements of practice examined and trained, and the provision of skills and experiences in working with a broad range of clients, families, and settings.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program in school psychology is designed to prepare psychologists who can serve as practitioners and supervisors in the field, trainers of school psychologists, researchers, and leaders in school psychology.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.A. in School Psychology equivalent to the requirements of the UBC M.A. program and graduate or senior undergraduate preparation in Human Development. Prerequisites not met prior to entry may be included in the doctoral program of study. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Students are required to complete the GRE with a minimum score of 153 on verbal and 144 on quantitative categories. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the admissions committee of this fact. Minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based: 22 Reading, 22 Writing, 25 Listening, 25 Speaking).

Program Requirements

The typical doctoral program is 48 credits, beyond completion of the UBC School Psychology M.A. or equivalent program.

With an emphasis on leadership in facilitating systems-level change, all students take coursework in school, family and community systems, and diversity issues (9 credits), as well as coursework in professional practice (e.g., prevention, intervention, assessment) (6 credits), psychological foundations (9 credits), and research methodology (9 credits). Students complete supervision and specialty practicum placements (3 credits each), as well as a year-long pre-doctoral internship (9 credits). All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The final requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (normally, a four-year bachelor's degree with a B+ average in third- and fourth-year level coursework) in a relevant area of study, students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, educational psychology, or special education and related disciplines
  • senior-level coursework in measurement, statistics, and research methodology
  • evidence of suitability for professional work with school-aged populations, including successful work experience with school-aged populations, school-based experience, and/or teacher certification

Students are required to complete the GRE with a minimum score of 153 on verbal and 144 on quantitative categories. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the admissions committee of this fact. Minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based: 22 Reading, 22 Writing, 25 Listening, 25 Speaking).

Program Requirements

The SCPS Master of Arts (M.A.) program requires three years of full-time study, including both on-campus courses and school-based practicum/internship experiences. The full program requires 61 credits. In exceptional circumstances up to 12 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous course work and/or relevant work experience. Students are required to complete a sequence in School Psychology Practice, including coursework in:

  • professional, ethical, and legal issues in school psychology (3 credits)
  • consultation (3 credits)
  • cognitive (4 credits), academic (6 credits), and social-emotional (3 credits) assessment and intervention
  • school-based interventions (3 credits)
  • psychological foundations, including cognitive bases of behaviour (3 credits), and psychopathology (3 credits)

Research coursework includes measurement and statistics (9 credits) and a master's thesis (6 credits). A ten-month integrated field practicum is completed in year two (9 credits), in addition to the intensive school-based practicum/internship in year three (9 credits).

Promotion to graduation or continuation in the School Psychology program requires that students demonstrate interpersonal and ethical qualities commensurate with working in educational and community settings.

For B.C. teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience, met in this program with the completion of a thesis.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (normally, a four-year bachelor's degree with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level coursework) in a relevant area of study, students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • a minimum of 18 credits in psychology, educational psychology, or special education and related disciplines
  • senior-level coursework in measurement, statistics, and research methodology
  • evidence of suitability for professional work with school-aged populations, including successful work experience with school-aged populations, school-based experience, and/or teacher certification

Students are required to complete the GRE with a minimum score of 153 on verbal and 144 on quantitative categories. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the admissions committee of this fact. Minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based: 22 Reading, 22 Writing, 25 Listening, 25 Speaking).

Program Requirements

The SCPS Master of Education (M.Ed.) program requires three years of full time study, including both on-campus courses and school-based practicum/internship experiences. The full program requires 55 credits. In exceptional circumstances up to 12 credits of coursework may be waived in recognition of previous course work and/or relevant work experience. Students are required to complete a sequence in School Psychology Practice, including coursework in:

  • professional, ethical and legal issues in school psychology (3 credits)
  • consultation (3 credits)
  • cognitive (4 credits), academic (6 credits), and social-emotional (3 credits) assessment and intervention
  • school-based interventions (3 credits)
  • psychological foundations including cognitive bases of behaviour (3 credits), and psychopathology (3 credits)

Research coursework includes measurements and statistics (6 credits). A ten-month integrated field practicum is completed in year two (9 credits) in addition to the intensive school-based practicum/internship in year three (9 credits).

M.Ed. students participate in a graduating seminar (3 credits) that brings together their goals and objectives as well as their accomplishments and experiences throughout the program in the development of a professional portfolio.

Promotion to graduation or continuation in the School Psychology program requires that students demonstrate interpersonal and ethical qualities commensurate with working in educational and community settings.

For B.C. teachers: Teacher Qualification Service requires a capstone experience, met in this program with the development of a professional portfolio.

Contact Information

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education
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Tel: 604.822.5351
Fax: 604.822.3302
Email: alex.allen@ubc.ca
Web: www.ecps.educ.ubc.ca
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