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Educational Specialist Degrees

Program Leader: Dr. M. O. Thirunarayanan
E-mail: thiru@fiu.edu
Phone: 305-348-2085

Brief Description of the Program:

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is offered for teachers and other professional educators who are seeking an advanced graduate degree. The program introduces professional educators to the theoretical basis of curriculum and instruction and provides opportunities for students to connect theory with practice. The following areas of content specialization are offered: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Instructional Leadership, Learning Technologies, Mathematics Education, Modern Language/Bilingual Education, Reading Education, Science Education, and Social Studies Education. The program caters to working professionals with evening and Saturday classes and offers courses at both the University Park Campus in Miami and the Broward-Pines Center in Pembroke Pines.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education from an accredited institution;
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in all prior graduate work and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework;
  3. A minimum combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE;
  4. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a person familiar with the applicant’s undergraduate work and able to comment knowledgeably on his or her ability to perform graduate-level work;
  5. A personal statement of 1,000 words or less explaining any personal and professional goals you plan to achieve with the accomplishment of the degree. Please list any recognitions of achievement that you have received (e.g. licenses, publications, awards). Provide any additional information that you would like considered in the evaluation of the application;
  6. A résumé describing at least the past five years of employment history and significant community, professional, or college extracurricular activities;
  7. Personal interview with program faculty.

Program Requirements:

  1. Total credits: 36
    1. Curriculum and Instruction Core credits: 12
    2. Research Core credits: 6
    3. Content Specialization credits: 12
    4. Action Research Option credits: 3
    5. Thesis Option credits: 6

Course:

 

Credit Hours:

 Curriculum and Instruction Core: (12 credit hours)

EDG 6250

Curriculum Development

3

EDG 6286

Curriculum Evaluation and Improvement in Urban School Systems

3

EDG 7222

Curriculum: Theory and Research

3

EDG 7362

Instruction: Theory and Research

3

 Research Core: (6 credit hours)

EDF 6472

Research Methods in Education (Prerequisite: EDF 5481)

3

EDF 6475

Qualitative Foundations of Educational Research (Prerequisite: EDF 5481)

3

 Content Specialization: (12 credit hours) Coursework is selected in consultation with advisor.

12

 Action Research Option: (3 credit hours)

EDF 5482

Field Research for Educators - Student identifies, designs, conducts, and defends a classroom action research project.

3

 Thesis Option: (6 credit hours)

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Program Leader: Dr. Peter Cistone
E-mail: cistonep@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 348-2665

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree program is intended to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests in the field of Educational Administration/Leadership. Consequently, there are few required courses and each student’s program is individually planned in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program may be used to satisfy part of the requirements of the Florida Department of Education for state certification in educational leadership.
Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s and master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution;
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.25 in all prior graduate work and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework;
  3. A résumé describing at least the past five years of employment history and significant community, professional, or college extracurricular activities;
  4. A personal statement (approximately 250 words) articulating professional career goals and aspirations;
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on the applicant’s leadership potential and qualifications for successfully participating in the program;
  6. At least three years of successful full-time teaching experience prior to application for admission to the program.

Program Requirements:

  1. Total credits: 39

Program of Study:

 Course:

 

Credit Hours:

EDA 6061

Introduction to Educational Leadership

3

EDF 6608

Social, Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Education

3

EDF 6211

Psychological Foundations of Education

3

XXX XXXX

Guided Electives in Educational Administration/Leadership

24

XXX XXXX

Guided Electives in Research/Statistics/Measurement and Evaluation

6

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What do School Psychologists do?

Program Leader: Dr. Philip Lazarus
E-mail: philip.lazarus@fiu.edu
Phone: (305) 348-2725

All students entering the School Psychology program with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education must enroll for the courses in general professional education required to meet certification requirements in the State of Florida. Students who do not have Florida Teacher Certification must complete TSL 5361C and RED 4325/RED 5339

Program Leader: Philip Lazarus, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Core Faculty: Andy V. Pham, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Core Faculty: Martha Pelaez, Ph.D., Professor

The program in School Psychology requires a minimum of 70 semester hours and leads to State of Florida certification as a specialist in School Psychology as well as educational requirements for private practice licensure. This program leads to the Educational Specialist Degree. More complete program descriptions may be obtained in the departmental office or call (305) 348-2382.

The competencies to be demonstrated by the student completing this program are derived from the following: behavioral/educational assessment and planning; counseling and home-school consultation and collaboration with teacher, parents, and school staff; crisis intervention; classroom interventions; liaison referral, program development and evaluation; in-service education; and community outreach.

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree program in School Psychology at FIU is nationally recognized and fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  Students are eligible to apply for the National Certification of School Psychologists (NCSP) designation upon completion of the program.

School Psychology Program Handbook for Students (admitted for 2017)

Program Requirements

For admission into our program, students will be required to:

  • submit all transcripts,
  • have a 3.2 grade-point average in their last 60 semester hours of upper division coursework,
  • have a minimum of 15 semester hours of credits in psychology,
  • submit a curriculum vitae/resume,
  • write an autobiographical sketch (see application packet),
  • submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation,
  • one of the following:
    • passing scores on all sections of the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Assessments,
    • passing scores on all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification General Knowledge Test; students who passed all sections of the College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) exam prior to July 1, 2002 may submit these scores in lieu of this requirement,
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • submit a writing sample if deemed necessary, and
  • participate in an interview with the admissions committee.

Not all candidates who meet these minimum criteria are accepted into the program.

Program of Study

Psychological Foundations: (12)
  • SPS 7195 Child Psychopathology: Assessment and Intervention in the Schools (3)
  • SPS 7705 Neuropsychological Issues in School Psychology (3)
  • EDF 6211 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDP 6276 Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence (3)
Educational Foundations: (6)
  • EEX 5259 Literacy in Special Education (3)
  • SDS 5420 Counseling Students with Disabilities (3)
Professional School Psychology: (3)
  • SPS 6805 Professional Problems and Issues in
  • School Psychology (3)
Assessment: (12)
  • SPS 6190 Academic Assessment and Intervention in the Schools (3)
  • SPS 6191 Psycho-Educational Assessment I: Intellectual (3)
  • SPS 6192 Psycho-Educational Assessment II: Process (3)
  • SPS 6193 Psycho-Educational Assessment III: Behavior (3)
Interventions: (18)
  • SPS 7407 Behavioral Interventions in the Schools (3)
  • MHS 5400 Counseling Skills and Techniques (3)
  • SDS 6411 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • SDS 5460 Crisis Counseling and Intervention (3)
  • SPS 6199 Family-School Consultation and Collaboration (3)
  • SPS 7176 Consultation and Assessment with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations (3)
Research and Measurement Methodology: (6)
  • EDF 5432 Measurement and Evaluation in Education (3)
  • EDP 7058 Behavioral Intervention Research and Evaluation in Education (3)
Supervised Field Experience: (13)
  • SPS 6941 Supervised Practicum in School Psychology (3)
  • SPS 6678 Supervised Field Experience in School Psychology (10) (1200 clock hours)

Co-requisites for Non-Education Majors

All students entering the School Psychology program with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education must enroll for courses in general professional education required to meet certification requirements in the State of Florida. Students who do not have Florida Teacher Certification must complete TSL 5361C and RED 4325/5339.

Listed are the additional recommended courses:
  • Reading
    RED 5339 Subject Area Reading
  • Classroom Management
    EDF 5255 Classroom Management
  • General Methods of Teaching
    EDG 5414 Instructional Strategies for the Classroom Teacher
  • TESOL
    TSL 5361C TESOL for Secondary Teachers

The student is required to enter an internship in School Psychology under the supervision of a field based school psychologist for a period of 1200 clock hours. This internship is a full-time, eight hour day, five day week involvement and students entering the program should plan for it during the final stage of their training. At least 600 hours of the internship must be in a setting from kindergarten to grade 12 in a public school. Other approved internship experiences may include private state approved educational programs or other appropriate mental health-related programs or settings for the education of children and youth.

For students entering the program with a Master's degree in School Psychology or a related field, the Ed.S. program may accept a maximum of 27 credits, and must be approved by program faculty on an individual basis.

Graduation Requirements

  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Successful demonstration of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPs)
  • Passing the Florida Department of Subject Area Examination in School Psychology
  • Passing all sections of the General Knowledge Test or passing all sections of the CLAST prior to July 1, 2002
  • Passing the Professional Education section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam

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