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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Specialist Level

The aim of the Graduate Program in School Psychology is to meet the community needs for professionally competent personnel to function in the schools as consultants on psychological aspects of learning and mental health. Students will be prepared to make assessments of situations involving children, parents and school personnel in order to achieve the most optimal functioning of the children in the school setting. As a result of a strong background in measurement and personality theory, as well as educational objectives and procedures, students will also be expected to provide assistance with curriculum development to meet special educational programs and to conduct research when experience has not been adequate to resolve specific problems. Students will also be trained to help secure a greater integration between the school and related community agencies and resources. The focus in all coursework is to meet the needs of a diverse school population, both culturally and linguistically. Brooklyn College, which is located in a diverse urban milieu, is committed to training school psychologists who can meet the needs of this population.

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Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at the Brooklyn College-CUNY, a combination of required multicultural courses and content infused throughout the curriculum are used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degree Awarded:  MS in Education and an Advanced Certificate (AGS) in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: 60 semester/hours.  Multicultural or Bilingual specialization require 66 semester/hours
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes, bilingual university training program registered with the New York State Education Department

Student Demographics

At least 35% of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: N/A
  • Immersions: N/A

Retention & Recruitment

Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees.  The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies.

Field Placement

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.

Faculty

At least one member of the faculty is involved in community outreach or providing direct service to specific populations.

Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations:

Alberto M. Bursztyn, PhD, NCSP

Graciela Elizalde-Utnick, PhD