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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

University of Colorado Denver
Doctoral Only

The school psychology program at University of Colorado Denver provides comprehensive, supervised training and a strong foundation in school psychological theory and practices that are evidence-based, culturally sensitive and collaborative. We utilize a practitioner-scholar training model that emphasizes prevention and systematic interventions that make positive impacts on the well being of individuals (birth to age 21), families, schools and communities. Through formal instruction, supervised clinical experiences and field experiences, our students develop knowledge and skills in screening, psychological assessment, direct and indirect interventions, prevention strategies and research. Opportunities for supervised clinical experiences occur in both schools and clinical settings and begin the first year of the program. Field experiences include opportunities to serve children who present with a range of behavioral, psychological and social challenges, as well as those from culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Program Specifics

Successful completion of the PsyD degree requires a minimum of 94 graduate semester hours; 71 credit hours of coursework, 7 credit hours of practica (500 hours in the field), 4 credit hours of externships (400 clock hours in the field), 8 credit hours of internship (1500 clock hours in the field), and 4 capstone project credit hours.

  • Degree Awarded: PsyD in School Psychology
  • Total number of credits: 94 semester hours
  • NASP Approved: No

Bilingual Specialization

Bilingual School Psychologist Concentration — 9 hour program consisting of 3 courses, passing an oral and written language proficiency exam in another language, practicum hours with CLD students, and additional portfolio requirements. This concentration provides school psychology students with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners in a school setting.

Student Demographics

14% of students enrolled in the program come from CLD backgrounds. This percentage has more than tripled in the last five years. It is anticipated that CLD enrollment will increase substantially in the fall of 2014 and beyond with continued strategic efforts to recruit diverse students to the program.

Specialized Training Experiences

Retention & Recruitment

UC Denver's recruitment strategies include university-wide support such as staff designated to work on these endeavors, funding for recruitment strategies, and creating a school climate that encourages and supports a diverse student body. There are many student groups and support systems in place for CLD students. In addition, the school psychology graduate organization provides multiple presentations to colleges in the area that have a high percentage of CLD students.

Field Placements

All students are required to complete 2400 hours of supervised experience of which 250 must be providing bilingual school psychology services. For their various supervised experiences, students are assigned to a supervisor who has had training in cultural diversity, has experience working with diverse populations or has a specific relevant skill (e.g., bilingual with training in bilingualism).

Faculty

Faculty profiles can be viewed at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/SchoolOfEducation/FacultyandResearch/Pages/OurFaculty.aspx

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

Franci Crepeau-Hobson, Ph.D.

Bryn Harris, PhD.