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School of Education

Department of School Psychology and Counseling

Course Descriptions

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EDPC 404/504 Standardized Testing in Education (3)
The development of competencies and understandings for selecting, administering, and interpreting the major types of standardized tests and inventories used in education and counseling. Theoretical principles and issues presented together with hands-on applications. Open to upper division, graduate, and postgraduate students only. Practicum required.

EDPC 524 Lifespan Development (3)
The life cycle of human psychological growth and development from infancy to adulthood, with emphasis on the school years. A comprehensive survey of contemporary issues and research in developmental psychology.

EDPC 554 Education and Career Planning (3)
Occupational and educational information. Collection and dissemination of information about vocational and educational placement. A practical approach to career choice theory, career assessment, occupational trends, and work experience programs.
Prerequisite: EDPC 540

EDPC 460/560 The Exceptional Child (3)
Advanced study of the determinants, characteristics, problems, and adjustments of children who deviate markedly from the norm in their mental, physical, emotional, or social aptitudes, traits, and tendencies. Emphasis on educational methods and adaptation. Open to upper division, graduate, and postgraduate students only.

EDPC 561 Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
A core course which provides a historical and philosophical perspective of the field of counseling. Legal and ethical issues are integrated with a sensitivity to the challenges of diversity. Resources and professional organizations are reviewed to encourage professional development.

EDPC 562 Counseling Practicum (3)
An opportunity for the student to participate in the counseling of individuals and groups under supervision, as a laboratory experience, prior to being placed for school-based experience in EDPC 565. Graded on an S/U basis for all students.
Prerequisite: EDPC 561.

EDPC 564 Group Theory and Procedures (3)
Group counseling, theories do group-individual interaction, and the group communication process. Designed to give the prospective counselor insight into the development and structure of organized groups.

EDPC 566 Residence Hall Practicum (1-3)
Intensive on-site participation in all facets of residence hall administration and counseling, under the direction of an experienced dean. A minimum of 40 hours of full-time involvement required for each unit of credit. Graded on an S/U basis for all students.

EDPC 568 Community-Agency Counseling (1-3)
Supervised, practical training and counseling experience in clinics or agencies not directly administered by an elementary or secondary school. Approximately 150 hours required under the direction of an appropriately credentialed supervisor. Applicable only to the non-credential program. May not be repeated for additional credit.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval, at least six weeks prior to placement. Health, character, and criminal clearances.

EDPC 573 School Psychology and Counseling Ethics (3)
This course will expose the candidate to ethical issues and decision making skills within school psychology and counseling. Distinctions between ethical and ethical legal mandates will be made. Case studies will be utilized to give the student concrete examples and experience in critically thinking through the issue(s). Attention to multi-cultural/multi-contextual issues will take place throughout the course.

EDPC 577 Directed Readings (1-4)
Assigned readings in current journals, textbooks, or other library sources for the purpose of specialized learning in selected topics or for updating previous studies. Typically requires a report in the form of a written summary, precis, or topical paper. Requires a Directed Study/Title form at time of registration. Graded on an S/U basis only.
Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair.

EDPC 589 Work Conference (topic to be supplied) (1-3)
Group discussion and activities with topics of practical concern for counselors, school psychologists, and others interested in the pupil personnel services profession. Topics selected according to interest and demand or to meet specific program needs.

EDPC 599 Independent Study in EDPC (1-3)
The application of research methodology to the investigation of a limited, localized problem or program evaluation. Typically requires a written report in a format suitable for journal publication. Requires a Directed Study/Title form at time of registration. Graded on an S/U basis only.
Prerequisite: EDRS 504; consent of the department chair.

EDPC 607 Dynamics of Personality (3)
Factors contributing to personality development and adjustment, including theoretical explanations of behavior. Implications for effective intellectual, emotional, and social functioning.

EDPC 610 Human Sexuality (4.5)
Human sexuality in contemporary society. Physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental factors associated with human sexuality. Interventions for sexual dysfunctions and sexual well-being.

EDPC 615 Child, Partner, and Elder Abuse (4.5)
Overviews the definitions, incidence, detection, assessment, effects, and the ethical, legal, and therapeutic management of child, partner, and elder/dependent-adult abuse. Perpetrator and victim characteristics, including cultural and ethnic diversity factors.

EDPC 620 Marriage and Family I Systems Theory (4.5)
This class deals with families and couples into nurture change and development. This is accomplished by examining the “system” of interaction between individuals that make up the couple or family.

EDPC 621 Marriage and Family II Systems Interventions (4.5)
Building upon systems theory, different interventions are examined for couples and families. Interventions include but are not limited to psycho educational, reality, and systems coaching.
Prerequisites: EDPC 620

EDPC 631 Psychopathology (3)
A study of the etiology, clinical presentation, and treatment choices for behavioral disorders. The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria will be studied with a sensitivity to cultural and ethnic issues.

EDPC 640 Neuropsychology (3)
This course will expose the candidate to two basic areas of study within a pre-grade 12 context: (1) neuroanatomy and brain functioning, and (2) neuropathology and brain dysfunction. Attention will also focus on assessment in neuropsychology as it is applied to the school setting.

EDPC 645 Psychopharmcology (4.5)
A Study of psycho pharmacology, including the biological bases of behavior, basic classifications, indications, and contra indications of commonly prescribed psycho pharmacological medications. Emphasis given to making appropriate referrals and building a medical referral base for the appropriateness of medication evaluations.

EDPC 650 Mental Exceptionality (3)
The etiology, characteristics, and diagnosis of children whose cognitive functioning deviates from the norm. Implications for school and family considered for retardates, learning handicapped, and the mentally gifted.
Prerequisite: EDPC 460/560.

EDPC 655 Advanced Counseling Theories (3)
A study of the theory, ethics, and practice of counseling, interviewing, and relating in various school guidance situations. Real and simulated situations using video and tape recorders.
Prerequisite: EDPC 561

EDPC 661 Academic Assessment and Intervention (3)
The purpose of this course is to help the student become familiar with the basic principles of research-based interventions in education-based observations and assessments, including those necessary for competence in multicultural communication. Students will compare models of consultation and models of collaboration in order to serve disabled persons and their families as well as interested professionals.
Prerequisites: EDPC 664, 665, 667 & 668; or consent of the instructor

EDPC 662 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (3)
EDPC 662 is a graduate-upper level course that focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in assessing the interactions between people and their environments. Special focus will be given to direct and indirect methods of assessment across settings for school-aged children (3-21 years). Such assessment techniques will include direct observations in school and/or home settings, interviews, and self-report measures.
Prerequisites: EDPC 664, 665, 667 & 668; or consent of the instructor

EDPC 663 Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention (3)
This class is designed to help students to understand the neuropsychology of autism spectrum disorder, seizure disorder, neuromuscular diseases, and other related neuropsychological disorders. Students will learn and engage in various tests and intervention methods related to neuropsychological disorders and diseases in educational contexts.
Prerequisites: EDPC 664, 665, 667 & 668; or consent of the instructor

EDPC 664 Assessment of Individual Intelligence I (3)
An overview of the theories of intelligence and their impact on assessment procedures. Supervised experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Wechsler Scales, and an introduction to report writing. Practicum required.
Prerequisite: EDPC 404/504.

EDPC 665 Assessment of Individual Intelligence II (3)
Supervised experience in the administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Stanford-Binet, Leiter, and other assessments of cognitive functions. Emphasis on alternative assessment measures for minority and culturally disadvantaged students. Instruction and experience in writing person-centered reports. Practicum required.
Prerequisite: EDPC 664.

EDPC 666 Intervention Methods and Consultation (3)
Strategies for facilitating growth and development through problem prevention and early intervention in the education of exceptional pupils and those at risk in school. A case study approach including consultation techniques involving school personnel, parents, and community resources.

EDPC 667 Assessment of Learning Development (3)
A practicum in diagnosis and remediation of learning difficulties, with emphasis on academic and perceptual assessment. Includes the utilization of a wide range of individual and group assessment instruments in laboratory and school situations.
Prerequisite: EDPC 404/504.

EDPC 668 Assessment of Personal Adjustment (3)
Theory, methods, and instruments for assessing personality traits and social adjustment. Competencies developed with various types of personality inventories and projective techniques.
Prerequisite: EDPC 404/504 and a course in personality theory.

EDPC 670 School Psychology Seminar (3)
A casework practicum in preparing comprehensive individual education programs for normal and exceptional pupils in grades K-12. Includes consultation procedures for parents and school staff, in-service training of teachers, and program evaluation. Federal, state, and local laws and ethics are reviewed.
Prerequisite: EDPC 664, 666, 667.

EDPC 671 Psychological Report Writing Seminar (2)
In this course, candidates synthesize information from all areas covered in assessment courses into comprehensive psychological reports.
Prerequisite: EDPC 650, 664, 665, 667, 668.

EDPC 674 School Psychology Practicum (100 hours) (1)
The practicum course will expose the candidate to beginning experiences and issues that school psychologists face. Candidates will apply referral questions and data collection strategies along with practice making appropriate assessment choice, administration, scoring, and report writing. Ethical decision-making will be practiced whilst making these applications. Hours for this portion of the practica are typically acquired from the lab portion of the four assessment courses. In addition to these initial specific experiences, candidates will be placed in a field experience with a credentialed school psychologist who will supervise agreed upon experiences such as: collaboration and consultation, wellness promotion, counseling and crisis intervention, educational planning and evaluation, and program planning and evaluation.
Prerequisite: For the non-lab portion, department approval at least six weeks prior to placement and completion of EDPC 664, 665, 667, and 668.

EDPC 675 Field Practice in School Psychology (300 HOURS) (1-3)
The field practice course will expose the candidate to a broad base of experiences and issues that school psychologists face in multi-cultural/contextual settings. Building on initial experiences in EDPC 674, candidates will apply referral questions and data collection strategies along with practice making appropriate assessment choice, administration, scoring, and report writing. Ethical decision-making will be practiced when making these applications. Hours are typically acquired from two school levels of pre-grade 12 so that candidates will have opportunities for diverse experiences. Candidates will fulfill this field experience with a credentialed school psychologist who will supervise agreed upon experiences such as: individual assessment, collaboration and consultation, wellness promotion, counseling and crisis intervention, educational planning and evaluation, and program planning and evaluation.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval at least six weeks prior to placement, completion of 24 units of school psychology coursework (second year), including EDPC 664, 665, 667, 668, 670 (may be concurrent with EDPC 670); health, character, and basic skills clearances

EDPC 676 School Psychology Internship (1,200 hours) (4-12)
The internship credential is the culminating experience prior to receiving the California State Credential in school psychology. During this time, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills acquired during formal training and initial practica and field experiences, and to acquire additional knowledge and skills most appropriately gained through supervised professional experience. Under the supervision of a credentialed school psychologist, candidates provide direct and indirect services to pupils, parents, and school staff. Candidates will fulfill this internship experience with a credentialed school psychologist who will provide face-to-face supervision in agreed upon experiences such as: individual assessment, collaboration and consultation, wellness promotion, counseling and crisis intervention, educational planning and evaluation, and program planning and evaluation.

EDPC 694 Seminar in School Psychology and Counseling (2-3)
Study of contemporary issues and topics in student personnel activities or in school psychological services. Topics selected according to interest and demand or to meet specific program needs. May be repeated for credit.
a. Individual and Cultural Differences (3)
The application of differential psychology to testing, learning, and school psychology procedures. Emphasis on cross-cultural, ethnic, and sex differences.
b. Personal Development in the Classroom (2-3)

EDPC 696 Research Project (3)
EDPC 698 Thesis (6)
EDPC 699 Directed Study (1-4)

 

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