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Graduate Programs in Psychology

Community Psychology Master of Science
Community Psychology Required CoursesEducational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology
Completion of the Ed.S. and Degree Certification
Preparing for the Florida Teacher Education Certification Exam
Graduate Course Descriptions

The graduate programs in psychology stress a training objective which places academic emphasis on trainees acquiring appropriate multicultural psychological skills designed to prepare them for professional employment or doctoral level training. Within this context, the programs incorporate an emphasis on Black psychology and minority mental health. Thus, the program is structured to incorporate within the framework of training, i.e., content courses as well as experiential exposure, a multicultural orientation to psychology.

Eligibility for admission to the graduate programs in psychology is based on the admission standards of the State University System. This consists of a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 system) over the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study or a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the aptitude sections of the Graduate Records Examination. Along with the application, official transcripts and standardized test scores, applicants must have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. The psychology department’s admission committee reviews and evaluates all applications in terms of their satisfying the admissions criteria. All meeting the criteria are recommended for admission to the department chairperson; however, only 15 new entrants per program are accepted each academic year.

The curriculum is composed of a community psychology track and a school psychology track. Some of the courses overlap between the two tracks, while other courses are unique to the State certification requirements for school psychologists. Elective courses beyond the two required tracks are also available and further enhance the breadth and quality of the training curriculum.

Community Psychology
Master of Science

The graduate programs in community psychology provide students with academic, research and multicultural skills designed to prepare them for professional employment or doctoral level training. Within this context, the program incorporates an emphasis on Black psychology and mental health of populations of African descent and persons of color. Content courses and experiential exposures are provided to implement this multicultural orientation.
Students enrolled in the Community Psychology Track are required to complete a minimum of 40 semester hours, including 31 hours of course work, an internship (one semester) and a research thesis, in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

Course Descriptions
Following is a listing of course descriptions in the community psychology curriculum.

Community Psychology
Required Courses

Research and Measurement:
Six (6) Semester Credit Hours from the following:

PSY 6206 Psychological Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation Sem. Hrs.
PSY 6216 Research Methods 3
PSY 6064 Professional Seminar in Advanced General Psychology 3
PPE 6055 Seminar Theories of Personality 3
SPS 6191 Psychoeducational Assessment I 3
CLP 6166 Psychopathology 3
SPS 6206 Intervention Techniques 3
CLP 6445 Individual Personality Testing 3
CYP 6936 Seminar in Community Psychology 3
CYP 6938 Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology 3
EAB 6766 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis 3
DEP 6105 Advanced Child Development 3
Culminating Courses: 
CYP 6948 Internship in Community Psychology 6-12
PSY 6971 Thesis 6-12
School Psychology
Professional School Psychology
Three (3) Credit Hours from the following:
SPS 6936 Seminar in School Psychology 3
Psychological Foundations:Fifteen (15) Semester Credit Hours from the following: 
CLP 6166  Psychopathology 3
CYP 6938 Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology 3
DEP 6105 Advanced Child Development 3
PPE 6055 Theories of Personality 3
EDP 5136 Adolescent Psychology 3
Assessment Foundations:Eleven (11) Semester Credit Hours from the following: 
CLP 6445 Individual Personality Testing 4
PSY 6317 Advanced Psychological Testing 3
SPS 6626 Psychoeducational Diagnosis 4
MHS 5215 Individual Personality Testing 4
MHS 5211 Psychoeducational Diagnosis and Prescription 4
Research and Measurement:
Six (6) Semester Credit Hours from the following:
PSY 6216 Research Methods 3
PSY 6206 Psychological Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation 3
Interventions (Direct and Indirect):Nine (9) Semester Credit Hours from the following:  
SPS 6206 Intervention Techniques 3
MHS 5565 Group Therapy and Practice 3
MHS 5435 Theory and Techniques in Counseling or EAB 6766 Advanced Behavior Modification 3
MHS 5431 Consultation Skills 3
Educational Foundations:Six (6) Semester Credit Hours from the following: 
EDA 5051 Overviewing Educational Administration 3
EDE 5225 Elementary School Curriculum Design or ESE 5215 Secondary School Curriculum 3
EDF 5311 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
EDF 5608 Sociological Foundations of Education 3
Supervised Practicum and Internship:
Minimum of Ten (10) Semester Credit Hours:
PSY 6945 Practicum in School Psychology 4-12
SPS 6948 Internship in School Psychology 6-12

Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology

The Ed.S. Degree in School Psychology prepares individuals to apply clinical, counseling and educational psychology principles with an emphasis on multicultural Psychology to the diagnosis and treatment of student academic and behavioral problems. It includes instructions in child and adolescent development; learning theory; psycho-educational assessment, observation and other procedures for assessing educational, personality, intelligence and motor skill development; therapeutic intervention strategies for students and families; identification and classification of disabilities and disorders affecting learning, behavior, and mental health; school psychological services planning; supervised clinical counseling practice; ethical standards; and applicable regulations.  The curriculum is designed to ensure candidates have a foundation in the knowledge base for psychology and education, including theoretical models, empirical findings, and practical techniques in each professional domain outlined by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). Upon completion of the curriculum, candidates will demonstrate the professional skills necessary to deliver effective services that result in positive outcomes in each professional domain.  All courses are consistent with professional standards outlined by the Florida Department of Education, National Council for Accreditation Teacher Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists.  These national and state governing bodies provide standards which serve to guide the design of school psychology graduate education by providing a basis for foundational development and evaluation which meets quality standards. National requirements for Specialist-Level Programs (1.6-1.7) at the Specialist-level programs consist of a minimum of three years of full-time study or the equivalent at the graduate level. The School Psychology Program includes at least 62 graduate semester hours and one academic year of supervised internship experience, consisting of a minimum of 1200 clock hours.  Students will earn the Master’s of Science degree  after completing the 39 semester hours during the first year of training.

Professional School Psychology (6 Hours Required)

*SPS6936 Advanced Seminar in School Psychology
*SPS6931 Ethics and Law for School Psychology

Psychological Foundations (15 Hours Required )
*DEP 6105 Advanced Child Development  
PPE 6055 Personality Theories 
*CYP 6938 Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology
EDF 5136 Adolescent Psychology
EDF 5211 Advanced Education Psychology
*SPS 6705 Neuro-Psychology of Behavior Disorders
*EXP 6406 Advanced Foundations of Learning
*DEP 6047 Development of Ethnic and Diverse Children

Assessment Foundations(10 Hours Required)
*SPS6191 Psychoeducational Assessment I
*SPS6192 Psychoeducational Assessment II
*CLP6445 Individual Personality Testing

Interventions (Direct & Indirect) [21 Hours Required]
*SPS6206 Intervention Techniques I         
*SPS6704 Intervention Techniques II
*EAB6766 Advanced Behavior Modification
*MHS 5400 Theory & Techniques in Counseling
*MHS 5565 Group Theory and Practice
MHS 6600 Consultation Skills
*SPS6205 Advanced Consultation Techniques
*SPS6708  Crisis Management/Intervention

Research and Measurement (6 Hours Required)
*PSY6216 Research Methods
*PSY6206 Psychological Statistics & Measurement    
PSY6971    Thesis (Optional)   
Educational Foundations (12 Hours Required)
*EDA5051 Overviewing Education Administration 
EDE5510 Elementary School Administration   
*EDE5225 Elementary School Curriculum Design  
ESE5215 Secondary School Education       
*TSL 5700 ESOL
*RED5336    Reading in the Content Area
Practicum in School Psychology (Minimum of three [3] Semester Hours)
*SPS6945C Supervised Practicum in School Psychology

Supervised Internship (Maximum 18 Semester Hours/Year)
*SPS6948    Internship in School Psychology   

Note: Courses with * are required for program completion.

Completion of the Ed.S. and Degree Certification
For successful competion of a state-approved initial educator preparation program, each student must have a 3.0 GPA at the professional level in the student’s field of study (from certification law) and must have passed the FTCE General Knowledge Test, the FTCE Professional Skills Tests, and the FTCE Subject Area Test (School Psychologist). The one exception for EXIT is for students who took and passed all sections of the CLAST prior to July 1, 2002. These students will not be required to take the General Knowledge Test for EXIT.

Hence the following graduation requirements must be met to receive an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology:

•    Completion of all required course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
•    Successful completion of Practicum and Internship
•    A Live-text portfolio which documents mastery of the Twelve Florida Accomplished Practices
•    Pass all subtests fo the Florida Teacher Certification Examination
•    Completion of the departmental Comprehensive Examination for School Psychology; and
•    External evaluations of at least satisfactory school psychology practioner ability.

Preparing for the Florida Teacher Education
Certification Exam

Examination dates and locations can be found at http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/ftce/ftcesche.htm. Information about computer-based testing is at http://www.cefe.usf.edu/ComputerBased/MainCompBased.aspx. In addition to study guides and sample tests instructors provide, you can purchase test preparation guides online at http://www.cefe.usf.edu/guides.aspx for $5.62 each. They download as Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files.

Graduate Course Descriptions

CLP 6166 Psychopathology (3) Describes the major clinical syndromes from a 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)
CLP 6445 Individual Personality Testing (4) Provides experience and knowledge of personality assessment. Includes theory, administration, scoring, and the interpretation of projective techniques with a consideration of multicultural issues. Report writing is also emphasized. (Lecture, clinical laboratory demonstration)
CYP 6936 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)
CYP 6938 Advanced Seminar in Black Psychology (3) In-depth study of theories and research concerning the nature of the black 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 recent black psychological literature. (Lecture)
CYP 6948 Internship in Community Psychology (6-12) Prereq: Supervised practical experience in agencies and institutional settings with a multicultural focus. (Field experience)
DEP 6047 Development  of Ethnic and Racially Diverse Children (3) Examines the social cultural, and historical context of ethnically and racially diverse children in America and  implications for their development.
DEP 6105 Advanced Child Development (3) Traditional and multicultural theories of child psychological development and related research will be treated, as well as current issues and developments in the field. (Lecture)
EAB 6766 Advanced Behavior Modification (3) Specific behavior change programs directed toward school and community. Emphasis on community control of behavior and change of the community as a means of behavior change. Multicultural issues and application will also be considered. (Lecture, classroom and laboratory demonstration)
PPE 6055 Theories of Personality (3) Acquaints students with traditional and multicultural theories of personality and their utility in understanding and explaining human behavior and mental health issues in contemporary American society. (Lecture)
PSY 6064 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)
PSY 6206 Advanced 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)
PSY 6216 Research Methods (3) Treatment of the fundamentals of behavioral research and cross-cultural applications. Stress is placed on 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)
PSY 6971 Thesis II (V) Independent psychological research under the direction of a graduate faculty member, resulting in a completed thesis.
SPS 6191 Psychoeducational Assessment I  (3) Training in administration, scoring and interpretation of psychometric scales including cognitive assessment; batteries are provided.
SPS 6192 Psychoeducational Assessment II (3) Training in administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized measures designed to assess student achievement, adaptive functioning, and social behaviors.
SPS 6205 Advanced Consultation Techniques (3) Emphasis is on fostering collaboration between school and the home/parents. This course provides conceptual and empirical bases for home, school and community consultation and collaboration.
SPS 6206 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)
SPS 6704 Intervention Techniques II (3) Course addresses prevention and early intervention and the need to integrate intervention and remediation services in education delivery systems.
SPS 6705 Neuro-Psychology or Behavior Disorders (3) Empirical based course assessing the relationship between neurological dysfunctions and DSM diagnosed disorders and emotional disturbance, such as depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Conduct Disorders (CD). Emphasis is on neurological deficits and neuro-pharmacological and behavioral treatments for school age children.
SPS 6708 Crisis Management and Intervention (3) Emphasis is on theory and practice used to prevent and prepare for crisis events. Course incorporates practical planning for immediate response to crisis events.
SPS 6931 Ethics and Law for School Psychology (3) Ethical codes and professional standards are addressed. Provides an in-depth study of disability laws and rights of students and parents within school settings.
SPS 6936 Seminar in School Psychology (3) Topics treated relate to the history and scope of school psychology, the use and misuse of standardized tests, alternative and traditional assessment procedures, the law school psychology, and the certification and training of school psychologists.
SPS 6945 Practicum in School Psychology (4) Students gain supervised, applied experiences in assessment, consultation and intervention in school/community settings.
SPS 6948 Internship in School Psychology (V) Prereq: Completion of all course requirements in school psychology. Supervised practical experience in the institutional setting. (Clinical field experience).