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Standards, Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

The School Psychology program has adopted training objectives which are consistent with the NASP Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice (detailed in the NASP Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology, 2010) and NASP’s Aspirational Professional Objectives as outlined in School Psychology:  A Blueprint for Training and Practice III (Blueprint III; Ysseldyke, et al., 2006).  The goal is to prepare students for a career in school psychology using state-of-the-art research and critical training experiences to achieve entry-level competence.  School psychology students will acquire knowledge & skills in the following 2010 NASP Standards: 

Data-based decision-making and accountability

Key courses:  EDP 611, 662, 596, 556, 651, 612, 666, 654, 660, 672, 795/796

Consultation and collaboration

Key courses:  EDP 666, 672. 654, 795/796, 660, 596

Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills

Key courses:  EDP 612, 556, 660, 795/796, 656

Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills

Key courses:  EDP 662, 672, 654, 656, 795/796

School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning

Key courses:  EDP 596, 604, 651, 666, 650, 695, 660, 795/796

Preventative and Responsive Services

Key courses:  EDP 662, 672, 654, 604, 650, 795,/796

Family-School Collaboration Services

Key courses:  EDP 603, 604, 611, 650, 666, 654, 672, 795/796

Diversity in development and learning

Key courses:  EDP 603, 604, 656, 611, 612, 662, 666, 672, 660, 654, 650, 795, 796

Research and program evaluation

Key courses:  EDP 604, 556, 654, 650, 667, 651, 652, 800, 795/796

Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice

Key courses:  EDP 596, 604, 611, 656, 672, 660, 650, 654, 556, 795/796

In addition, our training objectives and goals aim to be consistent with the eight foundational and functional aspirational competencies outlined in Blueprint III.  These include the following1:

  • Blueprint III Domain A1: Interpersonal and collaborative skills. School Psychologists possess the interpersonal and collaborative skills necessary to be effective in providing services to students, families, and schools. 
  • Blueprint III Domain A2: Diversity awareness and sensitive service delivery. School Psychologists have the knowledge of racial, cultural, ethnic, experiential, and linguistic backgrounds of students and understand the impact on students. School Psychologists use knowledge and skills to provide services that address the unique needs of students and families. 
  • Blueprint III Domain A3: Technological applications. School Psychologists are competent in using technology to enhance services to students, families, and schools. School Psychologist have the ability to use and teach others to access, enhance learning, and evaluate the value and safety of technology. 
  • Blueprint III Domain A4: Professional, legal, ethical, and social responsibility. School psychologists practice under the legal and ethical standards of the profession, and uses standards to provide quality services. School Psychologists are responsible for protecting rights and fulfilling obligations which are guided by the profession. 
  • Blueprint III Domain B1: Data-based decision-making and accountability. School Psychologists solve problems by using information that is relevant and focusing assessment on prevention and intervention of problems. School Psychologists use data to inform decisions and assess the effectiveness of the services provided to students, families, and schools. 
  • Blueprint III Domain B2: Systems-based service delivery. School Psychologists use knowledge about systems to help schools develop and provide environments that enhance learning and prevent problems. School Psychologists work with schools and communities to promote collaboration and involvement.   
  • Blueprint III Domain B3: Enhancing the development of cognitive and academic skills. School Psychologists understand learning theories and cognitive strategies that impact academic skills. School Psychologists use evidence-based practices to improve instruction for enhancing achievement and academic skills.
  • Blueprint III Domain B4: Enhancing the development of wellness, social skills, mental health, and life competencies. School Psychologists use knowledge of wellness, mental health, and social/life skills to develop programs and work with schools to attend to students needs in each area.


1 Descriptions of the Blueprint III Domains were taken from School Psychology: A Blueprint for Training and Practice III (pp.15-20).