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Psych & Educational Services General Program Requirements

Psych & Educational Services General Program Requirements

Psych & Ed Services Division General Requirements

The Division of Psychological and Educational Services offers masters and doctoral programs in three areas: Counseling, Educational Psychology, and School Psychology. Counseling and School Psychology also offer advanced certificate professional diploma programs. Programs in counseling develop individuals for positions in K-12 schools, for counseling services in higher education, at the doctoral level, for academic careers in teaching and research and independent psychological practice. Programs in school psychology develop individuals for positions in K-12 schools, for psychological services to children in health-service settings, for academic careers, and for independent psychological practice. Programs in educational psychology provide advanced training for teachers and individuals interested in research or the development and evaluation of educational programs and materials. The educational psychology program also develops individuals who wish to become instructional designers for K-12 schools, for higher education, adult education, business or industry.

PES applicants must meet the general and specific program requirements described in this bulletin. An interview may also be required to reveal more about the applicants personal and professional goals and qualifications.

All students accepted into a PES program are assigned a faculty adviser. Students, however, are responsible for meeting all requirements and deadlines for the completion of their studies in a satisfactory manner.

All Ph.D. degree program students in the division must file for evaluation for permanent matriculation status during the semester in which they are completing their first 12 to 15 credits at Fordham.

Admission to any of the PES programs also obligates students to uphold the appropriate ethical standards of the professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association, and professions for which students are preparing.

Credit for previous graduate work may be granted depending upon its relevance to the students program at Fordham. The following minimum number of credits must be completed in Fordham’s Graduate School of Education: 24 for all masters programs; 24 beyond the master’s for all professional diploma programs; 45 beyond the master’s for doctoral degree programs. With approval, students may take some of these credits in other schools of Fordham University.

All PES students must pass a comprehensive assessment before graduation, usually taken during the semester in which students complete their course requirements (except doctoral internships). Ph.D. degree students should consult with their advisers regarding the timing and nature of comprehensive assessments.

Doctoral Core Requirements

Psychology Core (minimum of 12 credits): The psychology core is composed of four areas suggested by the American Psychological Association and required by the New York State Regents for programs that prepare professional psychologists. Students in PES’s doctoral programs who are preparing for licensure for the professional practice of psychology must complete an appropriate graduate-level (minimum three credits) course in each area, selected in consultation with their program advisers: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior and individual behavior.

Research Core (12 to 21 credits): Doctoral students are required to take advanced level courses in research, measurement, and statistics. A prerequisite to the first course in the research core sequence, Experimental Design (PSGE 7210) is successful completion of Statistical Methods in Education and Psychology (PSGE 5210) or a passing score on the Division’s statistics competency exam. An introductory level course or a passing score on the Division’s competency exam in the fundamentals of educational and psychological measurement is required of all students taking Psychometric Theory (PSGE 7711), or Advanced Measurement and Appraisal for Counselors (PSGE 7610) for Counseling and Counseling Psychology students.

Doctoral Proseminar (0 credits): All first-year doctoral students are required to be registered in Proseminar in Psychological and Educational Services (PSGE 7900), which serves as an orientation to the research process, allows students to learn about faculty research interests and encourages discussion of research topics. It constitutes an initial developmental step in the research process and is linked to the Experimental Design and Statistics Methods courses. The course starts in September and runs through the end of the spring semester of that academic year. Satisfactory completion of the Proseminar is a prerequisite to permanent matriculation. These bimonthly meetings provide a forum to exchange ideas about psychology and the application of scientific methods to the study of human behavior, while helping foster an identity as a professional psychologist within the framework of the scientist-practitioner model.

Philosophical, Historical, Multicultural and Urban Education Core (6 credits): Students will take a course in the historical and/or philosophical foundations of psychology and select, in consultation with an adviser, an appropriate course in the field of urban education (a UEGE designation) or PSGE 6603 (Multicultural Issues in Professional Psychology).

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