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Program Aims and Training Goals

The primary aim of the program is to train knowledgeable and highly competent school psychologists, capable of functioning as scientist-practitioners in a variety of environments, including academic institutions, diverse public schools, and independent practice.  Our students learn to use psychological theories and research to (a) assess the psychological and educational assets and needs of children, (b) assist in the design and implementation of supportive systems in a child’s ecology, and (c) make recommendations for educational and psychological services when appropriate.  We assert that the promotion of academic, behavioral, and social competence in all children is crucial in preventing and intervening in learning and other developmental difficulties and school failure.