Students also have an opportunity to apply for acceptance to a federally funded Infant Mental Health specialization program (IMH-DP).
This program has been recognized by the Psychologist-In-Training (PIT) program of the NYC Department of Education and students who are pursuing a bilingual certification are eligible to apply for a paid internship position.
To obtain the bilingual specialization, and thus to qualify for the New York State certificate in Bilingual School Psychology, students need to complete 15 graduate credits (five courses) in areas related to bilingual assessment, education and counseling. Three of the courses students need to take are offered in the School Psychology program and two in the TESOL program in the School of Education. Specifically,
Courses in the School Psychology Sequence:
Courses in the TESOL sequence
To obtain a specialization in Autism, school psychology students would need to take the following four courses:
Two of the courses, Diagnosis and Intervention for Students on the Autism Spectrum and Counseling Students in the Autism Spectrum can be taken as electives within the School Psychology sequence. The Autism I and Autism II courses need to be taken as additional courses.
The Infant Mental Health specialization (IMH-DP) is a full-time fully funded intensive training project that requires students to participate in courses and to complete a separate two-day a week internship requirement in an infant/early childhood center between the second and third years of their studies.
Students complete the remaining requirements for the school psychology program one year later. Students who complete the IMH-DP project are eligible for endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Specialist through the New York Association of Infant Mental Health (NYS-IMH).