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|About||The SSP program at WCU is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and trains students to work as psychologists in schools.|
The WCU School Psychology Graduate Program is based on a child advocacy model. In this model, the needs of the child are at the center of all activity engaged in by the school psychologist. Students are trained to facilitate growth in the development, behavior, and learning of children and youth. The assessment and intervention training provided by the program has an ecological and systems-level perspective and focuses on a cognitive-behavioral orientation. Additionally, the program emphasizes the importance of understanding diversity and individual differences when providing services to children and youth. The students are encouraged to engage in the community and become advocates for the educational needs of all children. Throughout the program students are provided opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they are acquiring through their course work. Finally, students in this program are encouraged to continue their professional development and the expansion of their knowledge base beyond their formal training at Western Carolina University.
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|Description||The Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) graduate program at Western Carolina University is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). It is a full-time program that provides a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) degree following the completion of 72 credit-hours [including a research requirement (thesis or research project), several distinct field experiences, a structured curriculum and a year-long internship completed in the schools]. Please contact our program director, Dr. Candace Boan-Lenzo (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information regarding the program.|