Counseling & Applied Educational Psychology
Our training approach incorporates the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. Our students learn how to work on teams in delivering services, and how to draw upon the rich resources of professionals from related disciplines.
A cornerstone of Northeastern University and our program is practice-oriented education. We train students to become highly skilled scientific practitioners and lifelong learners, who employ the scientific, problem-solving method to evaluate their own practice. Real world projects and work experiences are integrated into coursework and fieldwork. Students complete practicum and internship fieldwork requirements in local area schools. The faculty have developed a rich network of collaboratively school pscyhologists who serve as excellent field supervisors. Faculty assist with placing students at school fieldwork sites in and around the Boston Metropolitian area. During the third year internship students document their mastery of the training goals through comprehensive case studies.
Supportive Learning Environment
Northeastern University is known as a student-centered institution, and this student-centered philosophy is prominent our school psychology program. We view ongoing support and feedback as critical for students' learning and professional development. We strive to be accessible to students. Faculty members take pride in mentoring and advising students. In addition, students are actively involved in a peer-mentoring program, whereby advanced students provide guidance to first year students. Students collaborate with faculty on research projects, journal articles, book chapters, and state and national presentations.
Professional Identity and Social Conscience
Our students have a strong professional identity and social conscience. The department has a very active student chapter of the school psychology division of the American Psychological Association (Student Affiliates in School Psychology-SASP). This student chapter plans educational workshops, conferences, and social activities. Many of our alumni have assumed leadership roles in state and national organizations. In addition, they consider themselves advocates for the needs of children.