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Doctor of Psychology - School Psychology Specialization

School Psychology Specialization

In the School Psychology concentration, an additional practicum course will be required. It is expected that most of the students who enroll in the school psychology concentration of the Psy.D. program, if already employed as school psychologists, will continue in their current jobs. Thus, their supervised practicum experiences will take place within their own school systems. In the event the program enrolls a school psychology student not employed by a school district, the faculty will locate a school district for a practicum placement. Students in the School Psychology concentration will also complete additional practicum experiences through the Department of Psychology Training Clinic on the WKU Campus.

Specializations in School Psychology

Students will complete 9 hours in one of three specializations

Prefix & Number

Course Title

Course Description

Credit Hours

Therapies and Interventions with Children

CNS 569

Play Therapy

Provides an overview of the essential elements and principles of play therapy including history, theories, and techniques. Assists students in understanding the developmental, social, cognitive, and emotional issues that impact children’s behavior.


One of the following courses

CNS 613

Advanced Play Therapy



CNS 612

Expressive Arts Techniques in Counseling



CNS 611

Sandtray Techniques in Counseling



Autism Spectrum Disorder

PSY 766

Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Examines methods, instruments, and skills of assessing Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Supervised practice with assessment instruments. Students are responsible for their own transportation to assessment sites.


SPED 610

Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Delays

Comprehensive review of ASD from the perspectives of various disciplines. Theories of causation, developmental aspects, descriptive and diagnostic characteristics, and legal and social issues. Thirty field experience hours required.


SPED 618

Social Skills Instruction and Behavioral Programming for Students with ASD

Development of competencies in assessing, designing, and implementing social skills instruction and behavioral programming for students with ASD.


Educational Leadership

Select three of the following, or equivalent, courses

EDAD 620

Seminar in Administration of Special Education

This seminar in the administration of special education explores the ISLLC and CEC Standards; educational reform; issues in consultation and collaboration in creating inclusive school environments; and team building strategies of school resource personnel to enhance the educational achievement of all students with disabilities.


EDAD 630

Special Education Law and Finance

Comprehensive study of existing school law codes for special education; budgeting and financial accounting for local, state and federal monies; and grant activities.


EDAD 640

Introduction to School Leadership

Survey course designed to provide a foundation in the concepts of school leadership, especially as they relate to the role of administrators in P-12 settings. Field work consistent with the role of the school principal is required.


EDAD 659

Strategic Planning in Education

Examination of planning processes used by leaders to direct educational change and improvement. Includes strategic planning approaches designed to address macro and micro organizational goals.


EDAD 677

Legal Issues for Professional Educators

Clinical study of existing school code; judicial decision; administrative problems and school code.


EDAD 684

Instructional Leadership

This unit addresses the role of instructional leaders in facilitating best practices in assessment and instruction.




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