Pediatric School Psychology is a sub-specialty that includes the competencies of both school and health psychology. Pediatric school psychologists bring the understanding of learning, development, and school systems that is characteristic of school psychologists as well as knowledge of health problems, bio-psycho-social influences, and primary to tertiary prevention and intervention that is characteristic of the health psychologist. The overarching goal of the Pediatric School Psychology concentration at ECU is to train entry-level School Psychologists with broad expert knowledge of scientific psychology who can:
- advance knowledge and theory about school psychology issues through original research, and
- professionally and effectively apply health psychology principles to school psychology practices across a preventative three-tier model of service delivery.
The model we use for training is the scientist-practitioner model in which psychologists are trained as both scientists (with expert knowledge of psychology & competence to engage in sound scientific inquiry) and practitioners (with professional dispositions & competencies to provide clinical services using data-based decision-making and empirically-established knowledge). Students are trained to be good consumers and producers of empirical research. Empirical knowledge and data serve as the basis for developing interventions and solving problems in practice.
Graduates of the Pediatric School Psychology concentration are competent to practice within a variety of settings that serve children/adolescents and their families, including public and private schools (particularly where there are school-based or school-linked health centers), developmental evaluation centers, medical or rehabilitation centers, universities, and private practices. The concentration is structured to allow graduates to meet the educational requirements of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for licensure as a school psychologist, as well as for licensure as a Licensed Psychologist/Health Services Provider-Psychologist by the North Carolina Psychology Board. Data concerning the time it takes to complete the degree at ECU, estimated program costs, internships, attrition, and licensure are available here.