In order to facilitate completion of this program within 14 months, students begin their fieldwork experience in the third trimester (around mid-to-late February) and continue until the end of the academic term.
The fieldwork experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned thus far through coursework.
The following are a few general requirements of the fieldwork experience:
- It must be conducted in an educational setting (e.g. public, charter, or private school and/or urban or rural school districts);
- It must be supervised by an on-site, certified school psychologist;
- The focus of it must be on orientation to schools and working with multidisciplinary teams (MDT): school teams consisting of a variety of professionals (school psychologist, behavior analyst, speech therapist, occupational therapist, etc.); and
- The completion of a functional behavior assessment (FBA): an assessment that establishes the functional relationship between an individual's behavior and the environment.
"The opportunity to complete a practicum in the MS program was an invaluable experience that really helped to reaffirm my dream to become a school psychologist. I was able to work closely with a school psychologist in my area and observe her daily routine." ~
~Samantha Cardellichio, MS ’12, EdS ’15