San Diego State University
Counseling and School Psychology
M.S. - Counseling with an emphasis in School Psychology
The School Psychology Program prepares school psychologists to be systems change agents in culturally diverse schools. More specifically, we aim to provide our graduates with:
-Ecological and systems perspectives by which to consider problem situations in the schools,
-Cultural competencies to serve the multicultural populations of public schools,
-Knowledge and skills to serve both general and special education populations, and
-Skills to function as advocates, change agents, and consultants in the schools, providing a broad range of culturally appropriate assessment-intervention services.
The program embraces an ecosystemic philosophy-orientation and emphasizes multicultural content, processes, and experiences. In design and content, the program is influenced by these ecosystemic principles:
-There are problem situations, not problem children;
-These situations are a result of dysfunctional transactions and reciprocal determinism among, for example, children, teachers, and parents;
-Culture is brought to the forefront as a base for hypothesis generation regarding the nature of the situation; and
-Assessment-intervention is unified in response to person/situation characteristics. Individuals as well as groups of individuals are viewed as open and modifiable systems.
SDSU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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