Bilingual School Psychology
Making a Difference in the Education of Latino & Latina Students in our Public Schools
Want to Make a Difference in:
If you’re concerned about any of these issues then consider Specializing in Bilingual School Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU).
The Bilingual Specialization is an integrated extension of SDSU’s Multicultural School Psychology Program, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Bilingual trainees develop the full range of competencies in school psychology, plus in depth knowledge, skills, and abilities in:
Palenque, Chiapas Summer Immersion 2008
Specialty seminars and courses are taught bilingually.
Making a Difference in Mexico
Each summer bilingual school psychology trainees participate in a month-long immersion and fieldwork in Mexico. The immersion provides (a) intensive instruction in professional Spanish, (b) service learning in the schools, (c) living with a family, and (d) excursions to explore the interface of colonial and indigenous cultures. We intentionally seek experiences in different locations to increase familiarity with the variety of cultures within Mexico. To date, we have studied in the states of Chiapas, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Yucatan. The immersion is also open to Spanish-learners in school psychology or related fields.
Making a Difference in the Schools
The School Psychology Program offers continuous supervised field experiences in the schools, graded in scope and intensity, culminating in a full-time internship (usually paid by the schools). Throughout the program, bilingual trainees are placed with highly qualified bilingual supervisors in multicultural or Latino-dominant schools. From “day one” trainees provide services for Latino students, their teachers and families.
- We have offered specialization in bilingual school psychology since 1986.
- We are among the top 11 graduate psychology programs in the nation for recruitment & retention of culturally & linguistically diverse students.
- We have federally funded grants that provide specialized experiences and financial support for bilingual trainees.
- More than half of the students entering kindergarten in San Diego County’s public schools speak Spanish at home.
- There is an extreme shortage of qualified bilingual school psychologists.
We seek applicants who are ready for our demanding full-time graduate-professional program:
- Academic: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Chicano/a studies, sociology, education, or related fields; Quality of Personal Statement
- Professional: Experience with children and youth or in the schools, especially with underserved populations; commitment to educational equity.
- Interpersonal: Active listening skills, positive interactions, appropriate assertiveness, leadership.
- Cross-Cultural: Depth and breadth of experiences across cultures. For bilingual specialization, depth of experience with Latino cultures & at least conversational fluency in Spanish.
Before applying for the bilingual specialization, you must be accepted by the School Psychology Program and SDSU’s Graduate Division. The School Psychology Program application process includes a written portfolio and selected applicants participate in a mandatory small group interview.
“Bilingual School Psychologists are more than school psychologists who happen to speak Spanish, they are specialists in the interface of language, culture, psychology and education.”
– Dr. Valerie Cook-Morales, Coordinator,
Bilingual Specialization in School Psychology
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