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Graduate Catalog 2014-15

PSYCHOLOGY

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Application Deadlines:
SD (Fall only - Feb 1); MA/MS (Fall only - Feb 1st); NOTE: If you are a new graduate student and you intend to apply for a Competitive Graduate Award (CGA), the deadline for having all of your application materials turned in moves up to January 15. If you apply for the CGA but your SIUE application is incomplete, your application for the Competitive Graduate Award will be removed from consideration.

SPECIALIST DEGREE

The Psychology Department offers the Specialist Degree in school psychology. This program provides advanced academic and professional training for students pursuing a career in school psychology. The program leads to certification as a school psychologist in the State of Illinois and follows the guidelines recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists.

ADMISSION

Individuals satisfying the requirements for admission to the Graduate School may apply for admission to psychology graduate programs. A separate application form is required and can be obtained from the Department of Psychology or it can be accessed from our website at www.siue.edu/education/psychology/graduate/apinfo.shtml. Admission is thus dependent upon approval by both the Graduate School and the Psychology Department. In addition to other requirements, applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative, and writing areas to the Psychology Department.

All application materials must be submitted by February 1 in order for the applicant to be considered for admission for the following fall semester. Applicants are not admitted for enrollment in the spring or summer terms.

Completing an undergraduate major or minor in psychology is the desirable and typical undergraduate preparation for a graduate degree in psychology. Qualified applicants from other academic backgrounds may enter the psychology graduate program provided they have completed the prerequisites. In addition to completing at least one course each in general psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, and psychological tests and measurements, each specialization has additional required courses that must be completed prior to beginning the graduate program. Information on these courses can be obtained from the Department of Psychology. website www.siue.edu/education/psychology/graduate/apinfo.shtml.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Specialist Degree in school psychology requires a minimum of 32 hours beyond the Master of Science degree.

Required Courses (15 hours):PSYC 539, 544, 545, 584, 594.

Required practicum (4 hours): PSYC 524.

Internship (10 hours): PSYC 596.

Thesis (3 hours): PSYC 599.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Specialist Degree must submit a thesis proposal for approval by a thesis advisory committee, carry out the proposed thesis, submit a written report, and complete an oral examination.

PSYCHOLOGY

MASTER OF ARTS

MASTER OF SCIENCE

The Department of Psychology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts degree in psychology (Clinical-Adult, and Industrial-Organizational specializations) and the Master of Science degree in psychology (Clinical Child and School specialization).

The Clinical-Adult specialization is intended for students who seek to acquire master's level training appropriate for clinical work with adult clients. This training often leads to employment in organizations providing clinical psychological services (e.g., community mental health agencies, hospitals, mental health facilities) or continued education in doctoral training programs.

The Industrial-Organizational specialization provides knowledge and skills to analyze and solve problems of motivation, leadership, communication, job satisfaction, productivity, training, and others faced by business and organizations. Training in this specialization leads to possible employment in administration, supervision, organizational development, and personnel positions.

The Clinical Child and School specialization trains students to work in organizations serving children, adolescents, and families. Graduates work as clinical child psychologists in community mental health agencies, corrections, hospitals, and residential treatment centers. This specialization provides the foundation for entry into the specialist degree program for students intending to be certified as school psychologists.

ADMISSION

Individuals satisfying the requirements for admission to the Graduate School may apply for admission to psychology graduate programs. A separate application form is required and can be obtained from the Department of Psychology or it can be accessed from our website at www.siue.edu/education/psychology/graduate/index.shtml. Admission is thus dependent upon approval by both the Graduate School and the Psychology Department. In addition to other requirements, applicants must submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative, and writing areas to the Psychology Department.

All application materials must be submitted by February 1 in order for the applicant to be considered for admission for the following fall semester. Applicants are not admitted for enrollment in the spring or summer terms.

Completing an undergraduate major or minor in psychology is the desirable and typical undergraduate preparation for a graduate degree in psychology. Qualified applicants from other academic backgrounds may enter the psychology graduate program provided they have completed the prerequisites. In addition to completing at least one course each in general psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, and psychological tests and measurements, each specialization has additional required courses that must be completed prior to beginning the graduate program. Information on these courses can be obtained from the Department of Psychology.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Master of Arts degree program requires 42 semester hours of graduate credit to complete the specializations in Clinical-Adult, and Industrial-Organizational psychology. The Master of Science degree with a specialization in Clinical Child and School psychology requires 40 semester hours for completion.

Clinical-Adult Specialization

Required courses (27 hours): PSYC 514, 520, 521, 531, 535, 537b, 538, 541b, 543b.

Required practicum (6 hours): PSYC 523.

Electives: (6 hours).

Thesis (3 hours): PSYC 599.

Industrial-Organizational Specialization

Required courses (27 hours): PSYC 520, 521, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576, 580 plus one course selected from a 400 or higher-level management course approved by your adviser (3 hours).

Required practicum (3 hours): PSYC 525.

Electives: 6 hours.

Thesis (3 hours): PSYC 599.

Clinical Child and School Specialization

Required courses (30 hours): PSYC 514, 520, 521, 537a, 541a, 543a, 553, 556, 557, 565.

Required practicum (7 hours): PSYC 524.

Thesis (3 hours):PSYC 599, or

Final Project (3 hours): PSYC 598.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Master of Arts must submit a thesis proposal for approval by a thesis advisory committee, carry out the proposed thesis, submit a written report, and complete an oral examination. Candidates for the Master of Science degree who do not intend to pursue the Specialist Degree must also successfully complete a thesis. MS candidates intending to pursue the Specialist Degree may choose to complete an acceptable research paper rather than a thesis.

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