Psychology in the Schools: Independent Study Opportunity

PSYC 498: Independent Study: Psychology in the Schools

In Fall 2018, Dr. Holstead will be providing a 3-credit independent study opportunity entitled Psychology in the Schools. Students will learn about the fields of school counseling and school psychology, including topics such as the achievement gap, inequalities in schools, special education services, school discipline, behavior analysis, mental health in school, and interventions for developmental stages. In addition, students will work with local school psychologists and counselors to complete weekly assignments geared to understanding the dynamics of schools:

  • Attending local elementary or secondary school meetings (such as Positive Behavior Intervention Supports team meetings, case conference special education determination meetings, curriculum planning meetings, etc.)
  • Observing classrooms including regular education and special education classrooms
  • Touring different types of schools (public vs. private, religious, high socioeconomic vs. low socioeconomic status, charter schools, Montessori schools, etc.)Â
  • Conducting functional behavioral assessments
  • Interviewing teachers, counselors, and school psychologists

The course structure will include a 1-hour weekly meeting that will occur on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30 pm. In addition, students will be expected to complete weekly readings and assignments and come prepared to discuss. A large part of the grade in this class will be on preparation for our course discussions; therefore, active participation is required in the course.

Although this will be a 3-credit course, it will not count as an elective in the psychology major. However, the course will count towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

To be considered, please email Dr. Holstead and request an application form. You will also need a UWGB psychology or human development professor to serve as a reference for you. Students must have:

  • At least a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the time the application is submitted
  • Be a declared psychology or human development major
  • Be at least a sophomore standing in the fall 2018 semester
  • Have access to reliable transportation, as assignments will require students to travel to local schools within the Green Bay area.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM