Special Education

School Psychologists

Roles and Responsibilities

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, families and other school professionals; work with school administrators to improve schoolwide practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.

Information about School Psychologists

Ohio Department of Education licensure requirements include the following:

  1. a master’s or Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in school psychology;
  2. a 1200-hour internship; and
  3. passing the Praxis School Psychologist exam.

School Psychologists are Trained to:

  • Conduct psychological and academic assessments and collect and interpret student and classroom data;
  • Support teachers in providing individualized instruction and interventions and progress monitoring;
  • Promote positive student and classroom behavior while encouraging student motivation/engagement;
  • Improve students’ development, including communication, social skills and social-emotional learning;
  • Assess students' emotional and behavioral needs; provide individual/group counseling;
  • Promote problem-solving, anger management, resilience and conflict resolution;
  • Provide individual and group counseling; coordinate services with community-based providers;
  • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds;
  • Assess diverse learning needs and modify or adapt curricula and instruction;
  • Plan appropriate individualized education programs for students with disabilities;
  • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress;
  • Implement schoolwide positive behavioral supports, positive discipline and restorative justice;
  • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness;
  • Identify at-risk students and school vulnerabilities; prevent bullying and other forms of violence;
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services;
  • Help families understand children’s learning and emotional needs;
  • Connect families with community service providers when necessary;
  • Enhance staff understanding of and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Assist in navigating special education processes;
  • Generate, collect and interpret useful student and school outcomes data;
  • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes;
  • Plan services at the district, building, classroom and individual levels.

References

  • National Association of School Psychologists (2010) Practice Model. Available from www.nasponline.org.
  • Ohio Department of Education. (2014). Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Available from https://education.ohio.gov/ getattachment/Topics/Special-Education/Federal-and-State-Requirements/Operational-Standards-and-Guidance/2014-Ohio-Operating-Standards-for-theEducation-of-Children-with-Disabilities.pdf.aspx.
  • Ohio Administrative Code 3301-24-05 (C) (1) (c). (2015). Licensure. Available from http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3301-24-05.
  • Ohio School Psychologists Association. Available at www.ospaonline.org. • Ohio Revised Code 3317.15. (2016). Children with disabilities; speech-language pathology and psychological services. Available from http://codes.ohio. gov/orc/3317.15.

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