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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

University of Arizona-Tucson
Specialist Level

Overall mission of the University of Arizona program is to prepare culturally competent school psychology professionals (EdS. level) to work with teachers, parents, and other school professionals involved in working with school-age children and youth with limited English proficiency (LEP). The program, in addition to providing sound psychological foundation, provides program participants rich opportunities for cultural and linguistic immersion through a specifically designed summer immersion and summer institute experiences (see NASP Communiqué, Volume 34, Number 8, pp.5-6). The curriculum prepares students to obtain NCSP certification and Arizona state certification as school psychologists. The three-dimensional model of training (student support, curriculum, and cultural/linguistic dimension) that underlies the program puts particular emphasis on recruitment, retention, financial support, mentoring, and exposure to a sound culturally-embedded curriculum for ensuring culturally competent background to deliver school psychological services to children, youth, and their families.


Program Specifics

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

  • Degree Awarded:  EdS degree in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: semester/hours: Not available on the program website
  • NASP-Approved: No
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes
  • Student Demographics: At least 50 % of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Comprehensive Program:

The School Psychology program at University of Arizona-Tucson is considered to have comprehensive model of training and financial support. Comprehensive programs are those that include student minority representation, multicultural curricular emphasis, faculty members involved in minority research and outreach, recruitment and financial retention strategies in the form of research and training grants.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: The training program has received funding from the U.S. Office of English Language Acquisition and Minority Affairs for approximately 2.5 million dollars.
  • Immersions: The program participants have an opportunity to enrich their cultural experiences by attending a summer program in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico . Students are able to enhance their language skills and also be involved in fieldwork associated with the courses offered.

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 Placements

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 profiles can be viewed at http://grad.arizona.edu/live/programs/description/187

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 includes:

Shitala P. Mishra, PhD