The School Psychology program at Berkeley is unique in regard to its faculty and program structure. Unlike other programs where there is a large core school psychology faculty responsible for the teaching of all core courses and the research and professional supervision of all students in the program, the Berkeley program was designed to merge academic and research education with professional education and training by developing mergers of faculty expertise.
Our students work both with an academic faculty counselor and with a school psychology program counselor. Core courses are taught by School of Education faculty who provide theoretical and scientific leadership in their own academic psychology areas. The regular faculty, both within the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Psychology, serve as important scientific role models in student development from both an academic and applied perspective. Our students may choose to study and conduct research with Berkeley professors in virtually any area of education or psychology. The access which the graduate students in our program have to these prominent scientists, both as course instructors and research advisors, is one of the strong features of our theory-driven program. The success of this model can be seen in the academic and professional achievements of our graduates. In addition there are three half-time professional clinical faculty (two school psychologists and one clinical psychologist) who teach the School Psychology seminars and supervise students on campus. The Berkeley program is designed to utilize community-based professionals for teaching and supervision in the program.