The mission of the School Psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is to train professional school psychologists to support schools through advocacy and leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competency of all children.
Graduates will become competent Professional School Psychologists.
The school psychologists will have:
- knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment that yield information useful in identifying strengths and needs, in understanding problems, and in measuring progress and accomplishments.
- knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and/or other consultation models and methods and their application to particular situations.
- knowledge of human learning processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of cognitive and academic skills. School psychologists, in collaboration with others, develop appropriate cognitive and academic goals for students with different abilities, disabilities, strengths, and needs; implement interventions to achieve those goals; and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
- knowledge of human developmental processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social skills.
- knowledge of individual differences, abilities, and disabilities and of the potential influence of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors in development and learning.
- knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services.
- knowledge of human development and psychopathology and of associated biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior.
- knowledge of family systems, including family strengths and influences on student development, learning, and behavior, and of methods to involve families in education and service delivery.
- knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods.
- knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of various service models and methods; of public policy development applicable to services to children and families, and of ethical, professional, and legal standards.
- knowledge of information and technology relevant to their work.
Previous Mission, Replaced Fall 2007