Standard 27: Determination of Candidate Competence
Prior to recommending candidates for a School Psychologist Credential, one or more persons who are responsible for the program determine that candidates have satisfied each professional standard. This determination is based on thorough documentation and written verification by at least one district supervisor and one institutional supervisor.
1. Credential Requirements
The program has effective procedures to track and monitor candidate completion of
credential requirements and all competency standards through individual meetings at
the end of the internship experience and a review by the university credential analyst.
*See Program Handbook – Advisee Record – Appendix B
2. Internship Evaluation: Field and University
A systematic summative assessment is completed of the candidates' performance by at
least one district supervisor and one institutional supervisor each semester over
the year- long experience. Interns must submit evaluations from the field-based supervisors
during each semester of internship and at least one site visit is made to each intern's
field-based site by a faculty member. In addition, each intern is met with individually
by the faculty members each semester to determine the candidate's readiness for continuation
on the internship (first semester) or to determine the candidate's competence for
completion of the program
*See Program Handbook – Internship Evaluations – Appendices M, N, O,Psychology 267 re: internship site visit
3. Assessment of Interns
The assessments encompass the skills and knowledge necessary for professional competence
and are based on documented procedures or instruments that are clear, fair, and effective.
*See Program Handbook – Internship Evaluations – Appendices M, N, O
4. Recommendation for Credential
Individuals responsible for the program, who have access to information on the competence
and performance of candidates, use that information to recommend candidates for credentials.
Upon completion of the internship experience faculty members meet with each candidate
to inform them whether or not he/she will be recommend for the credential. Forms that
are completed throughout the candidate's program are forwarded to the university credential
analyst for approval.
5. Formal Exams: PRAXIS
The program seeks independent assessment of the know ledge and skills of their graduates,
such as through the National School Psychology Examination (Praxis II) as administered
by Educational Testing Service (ETS), employer evaluations Every candidate is required
to take and pass the Praxis II prior to the internship experience. In addition, formal
surveys of employers and clients are conducted approximately every two years.
*See Program handbook – pg 25, 27, 31, 42
Alumni survey information provided in Section 3 – Assessments.