Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Members Present: Uphoff, Krueger, Kuffel, Frye, Krajewski, Kelley, Simpson, McCannon, Hunt
Members Absent: Koppelman, Matchett, Wilder, Skalecki, Kaufman, Shober
Consultants: Charles Martin-Stanley, R. Dan Duquette, Mandi Anderson, Diane Schumacher
Guests: Milt Dehn, Judy Holloway

1. M/S/P to approve the October 2, 2001 minutes.

2. First Reading, Proposal #3, School Psychology Program, catalog description pp. 57-58; PSY 752 description; SPY 758 prerequisites; SPY 762, 763, 764, 797 description and prerequisites, effective spring 2002.

The UW-La Crosse graduate program in School Psychology offers an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. The degree requires two years of full-time study, one summer of study, a one-year internship during the third year, completion of an Education Specialist thesis, and the passing of either the national School Psychology test or UW-La Crosse comprehensive examinations. Successful completion of all requirements for the 60 semester credit hour program leads to full licensure as a School Psychologist in Wisconsin and most other states. Students earn a 30 credit hour Master of Science in Education degree before completing the remaining Education Specialist degree requirements. (change in italics). The rest of the text in this section is unchanged.

General Requirements
A. no change
B. no change
C. no change
D. Revision and addition:
“Obtain a passing score (set by the National Association of School Psychologists for NCSP certification) on the national School Psychology examination or a passing score on the comprehensive examinations written by UW-La Crosse Psychology and School Psychology faculty. The UW-La Crosse written comprehensive examinations cover the same areas assessed by the national School Psychologist examination. The areas are: assessment; prevention and intervention; evaluation and research; professional practice; applied psychological foundations; and applied educational foundations. UW-La Crosse comprehensive examinations are offered during the spring semester of each year. Students must pass either the national School Psychology exam or the UW-
La Crosse comprehensive exams before being allowed to begin an internship, to obtain a school psychology position, or to apply for initial school psychology licensure. (change in italics).
E. no change

Course Requirements
A. no change

B. Special Education Methods (pending approval of SPE changes)
SPE 401/501 Learners with Exceptional Needs and Abilities   3
SPE 416/516 Introduction to Cross Categorical Special Education Characteristics 3
SPE 429/529 Inclusive Strategies for the Classroom    3

C. Core Professional Training
This section is unchanged except for the sentence regarding course fees, and deletion of the list of six courses that require course fees.
 “School Psychology core course fees are at least $25.00.”

Under Licensure, Practicum, Internship, and Thesis Requirements: (added Practicum)
 Paragraph 1 – no change

 Paragraph 2  - change to read:
 “Students must complete three semesters of supervised school psychology practica. During practicum experiences students develop school psychology professional knowledge, skills, and behavior. Core professional skills, as well as professional behavior, are critical to effective school psychology functioning. Thus, only students who have successfully completed all prerequisite course work (no incompletes) are allowed to enroll for practica. In addition, appropriate professional behavior and personal effectiveness are required for continued enrollment in practica.

 Paragraph 3 – change to read:
 “Internships must be in a school setting, total 1200 hours, and be supervised by a certified school psychologist and a UW-La Crosse School Psychology instructor. A site visit from the University supervisor is required each semester. All interns must pay all actual costs associated with each semester’s site visit, including travel, lodging, and meals.”

 Paragraph 4 – no change

 Paragraph 5 – add note
 “Note For additional School Psychology Program policies, students should refer to the School Psychology Graduate Student Handbook available in the School Psychology office, 341 Graff Main Hall.”

PSY 752, Assessment and Remediation: Learning and Behavior Problems I, 3 credits, course description, effective spring 2002.
 “This course is designed to teach the student how to engage in assessment activities that will result in effective planning of educational interventions for students who have difficulty with school learning. Students completing the course should be prepared to engage in appropriate assessment procedures that provide the necessary information for both educational placement and instructional programming decisions. Prerequisite: PSY 451/551. Offered Sem. II.”

SPY 758, Individual Intellectual Assessment: Laboratory, 3 credits, prerequisites, effective spring 2002;
 Add prerequisite “…and acceptance into the school psychology program.”

SPY 762, Supervised Practicum in School Psychology, 3 credits, course description and prerequisites, effective spring 2002.
 “Supervised practice in the application of school psychology professional skills, including psychoeducational assessment, academic intervention, and behavioral intervention. Prerequisites: PSY 757, SPY 700 and SPY 758. Offered Sem. II.”

SPY 763, Supervised Practicum II in School Psychology, 3 credits, course description and prerequisites, effective spring 2002.
 “Supervised practice in the application of school psychology professional skills, including personality/behavioral assessment, intervention, consultation, counseling, and needs assessment. Prerequisites: PSY 520, 752, 771 and 775; SPY 762. Offered Sem. I.”

SPY 764, Supervised Practicum III in School Psychology, 3 credits, course description and prerequisites, effective spring 2002.
 “Supervised practice in the advanced application of school psychology professional skills, including assessment of special populations, intervention, consultation, counseling, case management, and pupil services. Prerequisites: PSY 759, 772, 776; SPY 763. Offered Sem. II.”

SPY 797, Internship in School Psychology, 3 credits, course description and prerequisites, effective spring 2001.
 “An intense and diverse professional experience in school psychology for a minimum of 600 hours for 3 credits under the supervision of an experienced school psychologist and a university supervisor and within training guidelines defined by the training program. Activities include assessment, interventions, consulting, counseling, pupil services, and applied projects. Prerequisites: completion of all other School Psychology course work except for SPY 801, a passing score on the national School Psychology examination or UW-La Crosse comprehensive examinations. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.”

This proposal removes the comprehensive examination requirement from the master’s degree, and makes it a requirement for the Specialist degree. Students also have the option of earning a passing score on the national School Psychology test in lieu of comps. More specific language was added about the three semesters of supervised practica. Now all interns will pay actual costs for supervisory on-site visits rather than the nominal fee of $100 for sites further than 250 miles. Generally, student interns are paid $35,000, so this should not be an unreasonable burden. Standard university travel regulations are followed. Revisions to SPY 762, 763, and 764 bring them up to date, and are in line with credentialing mandate.
M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve the proposal, assuming changes to SPE 401/501, 416/516 and 429/529 are approved.

3. Consent Agenda
 Change designator to accompany department name change, effective spring 2002.  FLG (Foreign Languages) to MLG (Modern Languages), MLG 455/555.
M/S/P to approve.

4. New business – none

The meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m. The next meeting is December 4, which is the deadline to have proposals approved by GCC in order to guarantee inclusion in the catalog.

Diane L. Schumacher
GCC Secretary