University of Colorado Denver, NASP Approved
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 wellbeing of individuals (birth to age 21), families, schools and communities.. The overall goal of the Program is to develop graduates who are field scientists who apply psychological and educational principles in a culturally responsive manner to improve the lives of children, families and systems. Training is oriented toward acquisition of those skills necessary for effective functioning in the educational system as a school psychologist and toward developing proficiency in data-based decision making; building collaborative consultative relationships' effectively linking assessment with intervention; developing, implementing and evaluating empirically supported models of intervention; and advocating for children and families. 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.
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.
21.7% 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 be maintained or perhaps even increase with continued strategic efforts to recruit diverse students to the program.
Specialized Training Experiences
- Grants: N/A
- Immersions: A two-week summer immersion practicum is offered in Cuernavaca, Mexico. See: Practicum with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students Cultural Immersion Program in Mexico (Course # SPSY 6915; 3 credit hours). The University of Colorado currently has a travel ban on Mexico travel. Therefore this course is temporarily suspended.
Retention & Recruitment
CU 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.
All students are required to complete 2500 hours of supervised experience;250 of these hours 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 profiles can be viewed here. Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/diverse populations includes: Franci Crepeau-Hobson, Ph.D. and Bryn Harris, PhD.
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), 6 credit hours of externships (500 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: 96 semester hours
- NASP Approved: Yes