The Department of Psychology offers a specialist degree program in school psychology (Psy.S.) with a subspecialization in deafness. The program provides a comprehensive plan of studies that integrates respect for diversity, basic psychology, practitioner skills, and educational planning. The faculty is committed to developing competent school psychologists who serve diverse students, including specialization in the area of deafness. The program has a solid core of academic and applied courses supplemented by extensive practica and a one-year internship.The school psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is part of Gallaudet's Professional Education Unit which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); therefore, graduates of the Gallaudet program may receive certification as school psychologists in the many states that recognize NASP/NCATE accredited training programs. The program identifies six NCATE Transition Points that serve as benchmarks for monitoring progress through the program: Entrance Into the Program, Awarding the M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Advancement to Practicum II, Advancement to Internship, Awarding the Specialist Degree in School Psychology, and Alumni Status. In keeping with national accreditation practices, school psychology students participate in the university TK20 Assessment System which requires a one-time fee. The completion of the specified school psychology program satisfies the training requirements for school psychology certification in the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Applicants for the Psy.S. in School Psychology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.
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Three Letters of Reference
Psychology Major or Minor, or Related Field
The additional program objective of training students with an expertise in deafness is framed within the following five special competency areas.
1. Communication and meeting the communication needs of all individuals whom one serves, which includes the development of American Sign Language (ASL) skill, as well as the ability to assess one's communication skills and adapt communication modalities to meet the specific needs of each child (ASL, manually coded English, oral/aural approaches, etc.).
2. Knowledge of deafness issues, including research, technological innovations, deaf culture, diversity within the Deaf community, and resources for families and the professional.
3. Psychoeducational considerations for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including modifications needed in use of standardized and non-standardized test instruments, interpretation of results, socialization issues, family issues, and the impact of additional disabilities.
4. Specialized psychological assessment and observational strategies for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing across diverse cultural, economic, linguistic, and personal developmental domains.
5. Knowledge of educational intervention techniques and curriculum adaptations for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Supervised practicum and internship experiences are available at school and educational programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children in the metropolitan Washington area and across the United States. A background check is frequently a requirement of practicum and internship sites and will be the financial responsibility of the student before placement is made.
The graduate program in school psychology requires the completion of 72 graduate hours including practicum and internship experiences. The program generally takes three years: two years of course study (including practicum experiences) and a one-year internship.
The first year of the program includes a 30-credit sequence of courses in psychology and related areas, additional sign communication courses, and successful completion of comprehensive examinations in three areas (language, cognition, and behavior disorders). Successful completion of these requirements results in a master of arts degree in developmental psychology. The master's degree is usually awarded at the end of the first year of study.
The second year includes an additional 30-credit sequence of courses emphasizing school psychological services, successful completion of a comprehensive examination case study and an extensive practicum experience.
The third program year is a full-time school psychology internship placement (12 credits), which may be served in a school or school/clinical setting anywhere in the United States. Upon successful completion of the internship year the specialist degree in school psychology is awarded.
PSY 701 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology (3)
PSY 743 Assessment I: History and Theory of Assessment (3)
PSY 746 Assessment II: Intellectual Assessment (3)
PSY 765 Assessment III: Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment (3)
PSY 770 Practicum in School Psychology I (3)
PSY 771 Practicum in School Psychology II (3)
PSY 772 Psychological Consultation: Externship (1)
PSY 790 Internship: Individual Case Study (3)
PSY 791 Internship: Teacher Consultation and Counseling (3)
PSY 792 Internship: System Consultation and In-Service (3)
PSY 793 Internship: Advanced Case Conference (3)
PSY 732 Child Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders (3)
PSY 748 Psychoeducational Assessment and Programming for Exceptional Children (3)
PSY 754 Biological Psychology: Brain and Behavior (3)
PSY 766 School Psychology and Prevention Services (3)
PSY 767 Psychological Consultation: Theory and Practice (3)
Students must pass a comprehensive examination in each of these areas:
Comprehensive case study
Students must take at least one course in each of these areas:
Educational methods or curriculum
Psychology and deafness
Students must demonstrate sign language proficiency by passing six credit hours of coursework in the area of sign communication (or waiver).