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The department of Psychology offers work leading to the baccalaureate and master’s degrees in psychology with a Black psychology a multicultural emphasis. At the undergraduate level, the department offers the bachelor of arts degree and the bachelor of science degree. While both degrees provide the student with a broad liberal arts background, the bachelor of arts requires the fulfilling of foreign language requirements, i.e., French or Spanish, for twelve (12) semester hours. Both degrees enable students to pursue advanced degrees. Major and Minor- a major in psychology consists of a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours, inclusive of the following CORE courses: PSY 2012, PSY 3204, EXP 3704C, SOP 3782, CLP 4142, and PSY 4604, A minor in psychology consists of a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours, inclusive of PSY 2012 and SOP 3782.

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The graduate programs in psychology offer the Master of Science Degree in Community Psychology with a Black Psychology and Multicultural Mental Health emphasis. The community psychology curriculum and course descriptions are as follows:

Community Psychology Curriculum
Required Courses: Cr. Hrs.
CLP6166 Psychopathology 03
CLP6445 Individual Personality Testing 04
CYP6936 Seminar in Community Psychology 03
CYP6938 Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology 03
PPE6055 Seminar in Theories of Personality 03
PSY6064 Proseminar in Advanced General Psychology 03
PSY6206 Psychological Statistics & Measurement 03
PSY6216 Research Methods 03
SPS6191 Psycho-educational Assessment I 03
SPS6203 Intervention Techniques 03
Internship and Thesis
CYP6948 Internship in Community Psychology 06-12
PSY6971 Thesis 06-12
DEP6056 Developmental Psychology 03
EAB6766 Advanced Behavior Modification 03

First Semester
Seminar in Community Psych.
Psychological Statistics & Measurement
Seminar in Theories of Personality
Proseminar in Advanced General Psychology
Second Semester
Research Methods
Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology
Psychoeducational Assessment I
Third Semester
Intervention Techniques
Individual Personality Testing
Fourth Semester
Internship in Community Psychology


CLP6166: Psychopathology. (3) Describes the major clinical syndromes from multidimensional approach, with emphasis on a social learning approach. Presents a critical examination of DSM III and its implications for classifying psychopathology, particularly in multicultural/minority populations. (Lecture)

CLP6445: Individual Personality Testing. (4) Provides experience and knowledge of personality assessment. Includes theory, administration, scoring, and the interpretation of objective and projective techniques, with an emphasis on African-centered approaches to the study of personality. Report writing is emphasized. (Lecture, clinical laboratory demonstrations)

CYP6936: Seminar in Community Psychology. (3) This seminar focuses on the application of clinical and psychological principles and procedures to multicultural community structures and settings. Social intervention and prevention models and consultation, evaluation, and social action research strategies will be emphasized, particularly as they relate to the mental health of African-American communities. (Lecture, field experience)

CYP6938: Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology. (3) Includes an in-depth study of theories and research concerning the nature of the African-American social reality in modern American society, as well as the nature and dynamics of Black personality and Black mental health. Emphasis will be given to theory and research that have grown out of the recent Black Psychology literature. (Lecture)

CYP6948: Internship in Community Psychology. (V) Supervised practical experience in agencies and institutional settings with a multicultural focus. (Field experience)

DEP6056: Developmental Psychology. (3) Traditional and multicultural theories of human psychological development and related research will be treated, as well as current issues and developments in the field. (Lecture)

EAB6766: Advanced Behavior Modification. (3) Specific behavior change programs directed toward school and community. Emphasis on community control of behavior and changing the community as a means of changing behavior. Multicultural issues in application will also be considered. (Lecture, classroom and laboratory demonstration)

PPE6055: Seminar in Theories of Personality. (3) Acquaints students with traditional and multicultural models of personality, and their utility in understanding and explaining human behavior and mental health issues in contemporary American society. (Lecture)

PSY6064: Proseminar in Advanced General Psychology: (3) Intensive focus on three major substantive areas of psychology: History and Systems, Learning and Cognition, and Perception and Sensation. Emphasis on multicultural contributions and models, contemporary issues and research. (Lecture)

PSY6206: Psychological Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation. (3) Survey of descriptive and inferential statistics, methods for measuring and evaluating change in educational and community institutional programs, and cross-cultural issues in measurement and evaluation of behavior. Some usage of SPSS software analysis. (Lecture and computer laboratory)

PSY6216: Research Methods. (3) Treatment of fundamentals of behavior research and cross-cultural applications. Stress is placed cultural values and conceptual framework in research, research problems, design of research and statistical analysis, and the relationship between them. Emphasizes scientific approach to solution of problems in psychology and education. APA style writing emphasized. (Lecture, classroom and laboratory demonstrations, field experience)

SPS6191: Psychoeducational Assessment I (4) Administration, scoring and interpretation of the WISC-R, WPPSI, WAIS-R and the Stanford Binet intelligence scales with consideration of multi-cultural limitations and alternatives. (Lecture, classroom and laboratory demonstrations, field experience)

PSY6971: Thesis. (V) Independent psychological research in some area of psychology under the direction of a graduate faculty member.

SPS6206: Intervention Techniques. (3) Application of various intervention strategies to multicultural populations. Emphasis is placed on mental health and psychoeducational counseling, short and long-term intervention strategies, and multicultural models of prevention. (Lecture, classroom demonstrations, field experience)

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The Mission of the School Psychology program is to assist in the training and development of candidates who are racially and culturally underrepresented and seek School Psychology as a profession. The School Psychology unit assumes leadership in the selection, guidance, and professional preparation of student candidates who will work in the schools of Florida and the nation. The unit’s mission affirms both the College of Education and University’s commitment to develop educational programs applicable to all students, while embracing new and emerging technologies to improve teaching and the learning process. To this end the mission of the School Psychology Program Unit is:
  • To Train more African American Psychologist, but not exclusively, while improving the limited representation in the profession.
  • To provide exemplary education and training that is aligned with state and national governing bodies, namely NASP, NCATE, and Florida Board of Education.
  • To provide exemplary psychometric clinical practice in assessment, intervention, consultation, and collaboration in training and practice.
  • To provide exemplary education and training in multi-cultural human development, theories, principles, and concepts.
  • To provide exemplary competency performance in educational research and program evaluation to enhance the scientific-practitioner development of each student (candidate).
  • To demonstrate exemplary student and unit outcomes in training, teaching, and research.


The School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University is State approved for the Masters of Science in School Psychology and is based on a well established need for more Black and Minority School Psychologists throughout the United States (Baldwin, 1991; Connolly and Reschly; 1990). The Master’s Degree (M.S.) consists of approximately 62 graduate semester hours in three years of full-time study and includes one years of practicum experience and a full-year of full-time internship. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is earned at the end of the third year at completion of the internship experience.

The Unit’s M.S. degree is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The primary goal of the Unit is to assist in the training of exemplary professionals in the field of School Psychology.

The Unit embraces state and national standards and includes these practices in the training of candidates within the Unit. Recognized practices and standards include the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Florida Board of Education. The Unit’s accreditation has been offered through the College of Education.

Beyond national accreditation, the Florida Board of Education approves the School Psychology Program at Florida A&M University. Thus, graduates of the program are eligible for certification as school psychologists in the State of Florida.

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