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Field Experience  
School Psychology (MS)

The fieldwork experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned thus far through coursework. Students will complete their fieldwork experience as part of SPSY 551 (Practicum: Functional Assessment) during the spring term. Students are encouraged to proactively reach out to the Director of Clinical Training for assistance in making the necessary arrangements for their field placement.

General Requirements

The following are a few general requirements of the fieldwork experience:

  • It must be conducted in an educational setting (e.g. public, charter or private school).
  • It must be supervised by an on-site, certified school psychologist.
  • The focus of the experience must be on orientation to schools and working with multidisciplinary teams (MDT): school teams consisting of a variety of professionals (school psychologist, behavior analyst, speech therapist, occupational therapist, etc.).
  • The completion of a functional behavior assessment (FBA): an assessment that establishes the functional relationship between an individual's behavior and the environment.

Note: It may be possible for students to maintain daytime employment during the MS coursework, which includes the practicum.

For more information regarding the supervised field experience requirement, visit the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.