Our program is structured to provide you with integrated and well-supervised field experiences which we believe are an integral part of training you to become a school psychologist or child and family professional. Field coursework experiences are designed as a developmental Chain of Relevant Experiences (CoRE) where you will progress during coursework and through supervised field placements, initially as a Critical Observer, then as a Directed Participant, then as an Active Contributor, and finally as an Independent Practitioner, giving you opportunities to build and reflect upon professional roles and competencies and to master critical professional skills.
With our Counseling and Educational Services Clinic, a unique training and research facility located in the Morgridge College of Education, you will have opportunities for hands-on learning through participation in research, psychoeducational assessment and consultation for infants, children, adolescents and young adults (aged birth through 21 years old).
Because practice is an important part of learning, our program provides you with InContext experiences so you can apply what you are learning to real-world settings and issues:
- Administer a comprehensive battery of psychoeducational assessments for elementary students at the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic
- Conduct a refugee student art group at South High School in Denver Public Schools
- Create a visual imagery assessment scale to identify reading comprehension difficulties in students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Coordinate “Night Owls”–a community respite program offered once a month at the Fisher Early Learning Center
- Evaluate needs and develop proactive intervention strategies at the College’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children
Complete part of your practicum with a partner school in China
Graduates from the CFSP program have expanded career opportunities in schools and in the community and are able to work in a broad range of educational, medical, research or treatment-oriented environments at the local, state and national levels. Additionally, PhD students are prepared for administrative, supervisory, teaching and research positions in institutions of higher education.
In Colorado, the average starting salary for a school psychologist ranges from $40,000 to $50,000 per school year. Nationally, the average starting salary is even higher, especially if you are bilingual.
All graduates of the CFSP program that seek jobs gain employment after graduation.