Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology) specialisation is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program who are interested in pursuing a career as a school psychologist. This specialisation is only available to applicants who hold a graduate scholarship offered by the NSW Department of Education. The School Psychology specialisation will prepare you to work as a school psychologist by providing the 5th year of structured learning and supervised practice in the school setting. Following the completion of this 5th-year degree, you undertake a 6th year of supervised internship within a school setting, prior to applying for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- The program provides one year of full-time education in the professional practice of psychology that: forms the foundation for professional practice, building on the existing knowledge and skills base acquired as part of an APAC-accredited (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) four-year undergraduate course
- takes an evidence-based approach based to the scientist-practitioner model
- is broad and generalist in nature
- and grounds the core professional competencies as outlined in the APAC accreditation standards. To prepare you for a career as a school psychologist, you will focus on School Psychology in Context through a supervised practicum in NSW schools, research, reflective practice and applied interventions. Delivery of this course is flexible, using a combination of e-learning, online lectures, webinars, teleconference tutorials, online discussion groups, and simulated laboratory exercises. In addition, you will attend two one-week intensive sessions on-campus for skills training and competency assessments. Supervised school psychology placements will strengthen your learning and competence.
Standard entry requirements
- A range of admission options is available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy. For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team. Students accepted into the course must have successfully completed a four year, or three years plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in psychology within the previous 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the PBA as a provisional psychologist. Students must also meet the criteria set out by the NSW Department of Education. Places in this course are limited. Entry is competitive and is based on academic merit and personal suitability. Selection procedures include: satisfactory completion of the application form and a personal statement
- Referee reports from at least two referees
- Confirmation of original degree certificates
- Completion of an interview with a panel
- And an average mark of 70% across all psychology subjects for the four years of previous study. For information on how to apply, please visit the Postgraduate Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.
Accreditation is being sought from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. This flexible 5th-year program is modelled on the already accredited on-campus 5th-year course that has been running for many years.
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COMPLIANCE CHECKS Prior to undertaking work-based placements, all students will be required to undergo compliance checks, consisting of: a national criminal record check; and compliance with NSW Health's immunisation requirements. Working with Children Check The criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility. Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.