Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs
Brigham Young University
The SP Program at Brigham Young University prepares graduate students with knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions essential in providing effective school-based services that facilitate positive change. With this foundation, our students are mentored in applying their skills to practical application, meeting the diverse needs of children and schools. We prepare school psychologists who will assist in enhancing personal and academic progress for all children, reducing or eliminating barriers to growth.
The BYU School Psychology program is housed with and collaborates with one of the few joint "Special Education and ESL endorsement" programs in the nation. BYU students are required across courses to engage in community outreach and service to historically disadvantaged CLD populations. As part of the curriculum at BYU, several courses are required that focus on a range of multicultural, cross-cultural or bilingual issues. In addition, multicultural content is infused throughout the curriculum to further enhance learning and competency.
- Degree Awarded: EdS degree in School Psychology
- Total number of credits: 70 semester/hours
- NASP-Approved: Yes
- Bilingual Specialization: N/A
Approximately Thirty-five percent of BYU students are fluent in a language other than English and practice bilingually
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.
Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students.
Faculty profiles can be viewed at http://education.byu.edu/cpse/faculty.html
Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations includes:
Melissa Heath, PhD
Tim Smith, PhD