Master in School Psychology

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
 
The MA in School Psychology is a 3-year program comprising of 180 credits (ECTS) that includes supervised clinical training (60 credits or 1500 hours). The program was created based on the current professional demands and trends in the education, clinical training of professional psychologists and school psychologists. Furthermore, the program ensures that the graduates are eligible to become licensed in Cyprus in accordance with the Cyprus Law for Professional Psychologists and in Europe according to the published European Directive. The program also gives the option for continuing graduate studies on a Doctorate level.
The program is primarily based on the professional psychologists model of education. Consequently, it emphasizes the development of professional skills for the practice of psychology while offering a wider theoretical and research background to the graduate student. During the first year of studies, the program aims to provide the student with the necessary theoretical and methodological background of psychological knowledge. In the second year, the program consists of specialized coursework that will help the student develop important clinical and professional skills in the area of psychological assessment and intervention. The third and last year of the program allows the student to integrate theory and practice and it centers on clinical training via clinical internship practica, combined with professional seminars and graduate research. Furthermore, students who wish to gain research knowledge and skills beyond what the program requires have the opportunity to take additional independent research with extra ECTS and complete a Master's thesis. This is recommended for students who are considering pursuing a doctoral degree in the future.
According to the Cyprus Law, a school psychologist must fulfill the required qualifications (academic and clinical) in order to be included in the official registry of the Cyprus Professional Psychologists. The applied program of School Psychology requires specialized skills and knowledge that enable the assessment and prevention of, and intervention in, psychological and learning problems. Furthermore, in the context of an applied program it is expected that the graduate student will acquire the methodological knowledge and research skills required to evaluate intervention and prevention programs. Finally, an essential part of the education of a school psychologist is the gradual development of professional skills through the supervised clinical practicum and thus the graduate student is required to complete at least 1500 hours of supervised clinical practicum in appropriate professional settings before graduating. For all the reasons mentioned above, the School Psychology program has a minimum duration of 3 years of full-time attendance.
 
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM
 
The program comprises of 2 compulsory courses and 13 elective courses each corresponding to 7.5 ECTS, a compulsory graduate research study sequence (7.5 ECTS), a clinical practicum sequence (60 ECTS) and the final comprehensive examination of professional knowledge.
 
COMPULSORY COURSES (15 ECTS)
 
PSY 604 MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 705 DIAGNOSTIC INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS (7.5 ECTS)
 
COMPULSORY CLINICAL PRACTICUM (60 ECTS)
 
PSY 698 CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR I (5 ECTS)
 
PSY 699 CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR II (27.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 700 CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR III (27.5 ECTS)
 
COMPULSORY GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 622 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY I (2.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 623 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY II (2.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 624 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY III (2.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 688 PROFESSIONAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (0 ECTS)
 
Elective Courses**
 
** It should be noted that the list is not exhaustive. More courses will be added in the future according to the needs of the program.
 
I. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND OF PSYCHOLOGY: 5 of the following (37.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 601 ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL TOPICS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 603 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 619 INTELLIGENCE: DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 746 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION (7.5 ECTS) OR 
PSY 637 SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SETTINGS (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 706 NEUROPHYSIOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 711 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 715 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 722 CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 730 NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT (7.5 ECTS)
 
II. PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION COURSES: 3 of the following (22.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 605 PSYCHOMETRICS (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 615 EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTION FOR READING DISABILITIES (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 642 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
III. PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION COURSES: 5 of the following (37.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 614 PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS I (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 617 COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 652 PREVENTATIVE INTERVENTIONS AT THE SCHOOL (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 701 PSYCHOLOGY OF INSTRUCTION (7.5 ECTS) OR
PSY 610 PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 708 ANALYSIS AND MODIFICATION BEHAVIOR (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 714 PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS II (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 716 BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS (7.5 ECTS)
 
ELECTIVE GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY (additional to the 180 ECTS)
 
PSY 625 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY IV (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 626 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY V (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 627 GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY VI (7.5 ECTS)
 
PSY 749 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (7.5 ECTS)
 
SUPERVISED CLINICAL PRACTICUM
 
During the supervised clinical practicum year, the student will be placed, in a public or private Psychological Center, approved by the
Department, where they can be supervised by a qualified and licensed psychologist. The clinical practicum comprises of two phases.
Phase one (approximately 200 hours), is a part-time placement and it is completed during the fourth semester of studies concurrently with the Clinical Practicum I course. During this phase, students are expected to observe experienced and licensed psychologists performing their various professional activities and at the same time become familiar with the school system and the psychological methods of assessment and intervention. Phase two (approximately 1300 hours) is a full time clinical placement taking place during the third year of studies in parallel with the corresponding courses Clinical Practicum Seminars II (fall semester) and III (spring semester). During this phase the student is expected to participate in case assessments and intervention programs, as well as to engage in prevention programs under the supervision of licensed psychologists. The supervision and development of clinical skills is an individualized process and the student clinicians will have weekly meetings with their supervisor to discuss their skills development. Students will be overall evaluated by their supervisor, the Clinical Practicum coordinator and the Department of Psychology through Clinical Practicum Seminars I, II and III.
 
GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY / MASTER THESIS
 
The participation in a graduate research study is required for all students in the School Psychology program. The goal of the research participation is to help students develop skills that will allow them not only to read research critically but also to design and produce clinical research. These skills are necessary for students who wish to continue their studies at a Doctoral level. Students are required to complete 7.5 ECTS of graduate research study under the supervision of a faculty member (D.E.P) or other research-instructive staff upon the approval of the Department's board. The research project which must be brief (e.g. an extended case study or a small empirical research article) but of high quality (be publishable) according to the judgment of a three-member examining committee of the Department. The 7.5 required ECTS are distributed to 3 different semesters so that sufficient time is allowed for the development and execution of a research proposal.
 
Students have the possibility to select up to 30 ECTS, of which only 7.5 are compulsory for the completion of the Master's program. The elaboration of a complete and extended Master's thesis is optional for students on the professional track. It requires a supervisor who is necessarily a member of D.E.P.
 
A full master's thesis is carried out in two or three semesters as follows: PSY 742 Master Thesis I (15 ECTS), PSY 743 Master Thesis IIA (15 ECTS) and PSY 744 Master Thesis IIB (15 ECTS). In case the Thesis is not completed in the third semester, the students have to enroll in PSY 745 Continuation of Master Thesis (optional). Course PSY 742 is prerequisite for the course PSY 743 and the course PSY 743 is prerequisite for the course PSY 744. The students of the professional track who choose to complete a Master thesis are credited with 45 credits (that is, they need more credits to graduate than those that do not complete a Master thesis). The completion of a Master thesis is recommended for the students interested in continuing their studies at a Doctoral level. Students who choose to carry out a thesis will be exempt from the research study course sequence (a total of 7.5 ECTS).
 
MONITORING OF PROGRESS 
 
At the end of each year in the School Psychology program, members of the clinical faculty (D.E.P.) of the Department, together with the Clinical Practicum Coordinator evaluate the progress of each student of the program in the following areas:
• Course performance
• Performance in the Clinical Practicum
• Ethical and Professional conduct
• Progress and performance in research
• Personal Development
The student will receive written or oral feedback on his/her progress that will include mention of the areas of strength and areas for further development.
 
PORTFOLIO
 
During their professional training, students must create a portfolio including at least the following:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Personal statement that focuses on the process of introspection and self-criticism regarding their strengths and weaknesses and refers to their professional goals.
• Three samples of psychological reports
• Two written samples of psychological intervention cases.
 
PSY 688 PROFESSIONAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (0 ECTS)
 
In order to graduate, a student must successfully pass the professional comprehensive examination which they may take when: (1) they have adequately completed their portfolio; (2) they have provided evidence that they have completed at least 1500 hours of supervised clinical practicum; and (3) they have fulfilled the goals of the clinical practicum as these are described in specific materials provided by the Department's Clinical Practicum Coordinator. The comprehensive examination will be given orally and on an individual basis before a three-member committee of professional psychologists. Specifically, the Committee will consist of the Clinical Practicum Coordinator, a member of the Department's faculty and an invited member. The examination aims to evaluate the professional knowledge of the student in case management and consequently, their readiness to practice as psychologists in an ethical, legal and professional manner. The examination will be evaluated as Pass/Fail and the grade will appear on the student's transcript. In case of failure, the Department may ask the student to engage in further academic activities or/ and additional supervised clinical practicum, if necessary. The student will be allowed to retake the examination up to two more times in corresponding exam periods.
 
Fees: €4.100
Fee for supervised practicum: €1.000*
Total cost of programme: €5.100
 
* In addition to the standard fees for the applied programme in School Psychology a fee of €1000 is added for the supervised clinical practicum which is utilized for acquiring supervision servicesfrom registered professional psychologists.
 
Detailed Program for the Master's in School Psychology per Semester (Revised May 2017)
 
YEAR 1
Fall Semester
ECTS Spring Semester ECTS
PSY 716 – BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS
7.5
PSY 603 – CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY or
PSY 711 – PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY or
PSY 730 – NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
7.5
PSY 601 – ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL TOPICS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 7.5 PSY 604 – MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 7.5
PSY 746 – SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION or
PSY 637 – SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SETTINGS or
PSY 722 – CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY
7.5 PSY 701 – PSYCHOLOGY OF INSTRUCTION 7.5
PSY 705 – DIAGNOSTIC INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 7.5 PSY 642 – CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 7.5
TOTAL 30   30
Summer Semester      
PSY 742 – MASTER THESIS I 15.0    
YEAR 2
Fall Semester
ECTS Spring Semester ECTS
PSY 615 – EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTION OF READING DISABILITIES 7.5 PSY 715 – LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS or
PSY 610 – PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION or
PSY 652 – PREVENTATIVE INTERVENTIONS AT THE SCHOOL
7.5
PSY 614 – PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS I 7.5 PSY 714 – PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN THE SCHOOLS II  7.5
PSY 617 – COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY 7.5 PSY 708 – ANALYSIS AND MODIFICATION BEHAVIOR 7.5
PSY 619 – INTELLIGENCE: DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION 7.5 PSY 698 – CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR I 5
    PSY 622 – GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY I 2.5
TOTAL 30   30
Summer Semester      
PSY 743 – MASTER THESIS II A 15.0    
YEAR 3
Fall Semester
ECTS  Spring Semester ECTS
PSY 699 – CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR II 27.5 PSY 700 – CLINICAL PRACTICUM SEMINAR III 27.5
PSY 623 – GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY II or

PSY 744 – MASTER THESIS II B

2.5

15.0

PSY 624 – GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY III 2.5
    PSY 688 – PROFESSIONAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 0
    TOTAL OF COMPLULSORY ACADEMIC ECTS 112.5
    TOTAL OF COMPULSORY APPLIED/CLINICAL ECTS 60
    TOTAL OF COMPULSORY RESEARCH ECTS 7.5