Plan of Study
All students will review an individual "plan of study" with their academic advisor during their first semester of study. If the student is essentially joining the program without prior graduate work, the School Psychology Course Sequence that was represented previously in this Handbook will constitute the student’s plan of study.
The plan should include a semester sequencing of all courses required in the program and identification of courses to be transferred or waived (if any). Changes in prescribed programs may be made with the approval of the student's advisor and the program coordinator.
It is essential to understand that professional academic preparation and the provision of excellent field experiences are important in the development of future school psychologists. These are necessary but not sufficient conditions for successful program completion. Students must be able to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and group collaborative skills to effectively function as school psychologists.
Please see the intern competencies that are evaluated at the end of the program to see the development of professional skills that are expected, as well as the professional dispositions (including student’s ability to relate well to others) which are also necessary for successful program completion.
Overall, each student’s plan of study provides multiple systematic opportunities to establish professional identity as a school psychologist and an affiliation with colleagues and faculty.
Students may be counseled to leave the graduate program at any time if it appears that continuation in their program seems unwise. A graduate student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 (not including incompletes) may register for one additional semester (or two summer terms) beyond the term in which the unsatisfactory grade point average results. If at the end of the additional semester (or two summer terms) the student's cumulative grade point average remains below 3.0, the student may not register for any further graduate credit at Miami University. Students with grade point averages below 3.0 will receive a warning letter. Graduate students must have a 3.0 grade point average and may not have grades of Incomplete to be eligible to take the final examination (Master’s Examination or Small Group Research Project defense) for any graduate degree.
Students enrolled in any departmental program may not take required EDP courses for credit/no credit.