Curriculum

The Rivier University Combined Doctoral Program in Counseling and School psychology requires Traditional admission students to complete 120 credits for the degree. For Advanced Standing students, the Program of Study (see the Program handbook) spells out their credit requirements (after a determination of which and how many Introductory Course credits are awarded at admission). All students are expected to attend full-time, and the Program is designed to be completed in six years for Traditional students and five years for Advanced Standing students. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within seven years.

Introductory Courses (57 credits)

ED 501 Fundamentals of Research (3)
ED 505 Advanced Psychology of Human Development (3)
ED 530 Assessment of Learning and Reading Disabilities (3)
ED 538 Cognitive Assessment I (3)
ED 610 Basic Human Interaction (3)
ED 611 Psychotherapy for Children (3)
ED 614 Clinical Counseling Theory (3)
ED 615 Clinical Counseling Techniques (3)
ED 616 Group Counseling (3)
ED 618 Professional Orientation and Ethics of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3) or
ED 701 Foundations of School Psychology
ED 623 Marriage and Family Therapy (3)
ED 624 Psychopathology (3)
ED 625 Testing and Assessment (3)
ED 629 Addictive Behaviors (3)
ED 681 Career and Lifestyle Development (3)
ED 704 Personality Assessment I (3)
ED 705 Neuropsychological Assessment I (3)
ED 720 Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling and Education (3)
ED 721 Advanced Multicultural Perspectives (3)

Core Curriculum (48 credits)

ED 801 History and Systems (2)
ED 802 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
ED 803 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (3)
ED 804 Social Bases of Behavior (2)
ED 806 Seminar: Psychopathology and Interventions (3)
ED 809 Psychometrics (2)
ED 810 Cognitive Assessment II (3)
ED 812 Personality Assessment II (3)
ED 815 Evidence-Based Treatment: Children and Families (3) or
ED 816 Evidence-Based Treatment: Adults (3)
ED 820 Developmental Psychology (3)
ED 821 Health Service Psychology: Ethics and Standards (3)
ED 825 Aging (3)
ED 833 Supervision, Consultation & Systems (3)
ED 838 Seminar: Internship and Professional Development (1)
ED 864 Research Methods and Design in Psychology (3)
ED 881 Quantitative Analysis in Psychology (3)
ED 892 Directed Research in Psychology (2)
ED 896 Research in Psychology (3)

Electives (12 credits)

ED 807 Psychopharmacology (3)
ED 808 Foundations of Neuropsychology (3)
ED 814 Seminar: Group Psychotherapy (3)
ED 830 School-Based Consultation (3)
ED 831 Classroom-Based Consultation (3)
ED 832 Community Consultation (3)
ED 835 School Neuropsychology (3)

Practicum and Internship

ED 792 Initial Practicum I (1)
ED 793 Initial Practicum II (1)
ED 794 Initial Practicum III (1)
ED 840 Psy.D. Practicum I (1)
ED 841 Psy.D.Practicum II (1)
ED 842 Psy.D.Practicum III (1)
ED 843 Advanced Clinical Experience I (1; elective)
ED 844 Advanced Clinical Experience II (1; elective)
ED 845 Advanced Clinical Experience III (1; elective)
ED 886 and ED 887 Clinical Internship (0)

Graduation requirements

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits, including:

  1. A minimum of 60 credits of introductory courses or their equivalent;
  2. A minimum of 48 credits of core doctoral courses and practica and 12 credits of elective courses including a one-year full-time or two-year half-time clinical internship;
  3. Oral and written comprehensive examinations; and
  4. A doctoral research project.

All graduation requirements must be completed within seven years of beginning the program.

Sample Program of Study-Traditional Admission

  Fall Spring Summer
Year One ED 501 Fundamentals of Research (3)

ED 505 Advanced Psychology of Human Development (3)

ED 610 Basic Human Interaction (3)

ED 614 Clinical Counseling Theories (3)

ED 624 Psychopathology (3)

ED 615 Clinical Counseling Techniques (3)

ED 792 Beginning Practicum I (1)

ED 611 Child Psychotherapy (3)

ED 538 Cognitive Assessment I (3)

ED 629 Addictive Behaviors (3)

Year Two ED 625 Testing and Assessment (3)

ED 530 Assessment of LD and Reading (3)

ED 681 Career and Lifestyle Development (3)

ED 793 Beginning Practicum II (1)

ED 618 Professional Orientation and Ethics in Clinical MH Counseling (3)

ED 623 Marriage and Family Therapy (3)

ED 720 Social/Cultural Foundations of Counseling and Education (3)

ED 794 Beginning Practicum III (1)

ED 704 Personality Assessment I (3)

ED 705 Neuropsychological Assessment I (3)

ED 721 Advanced Multicultural Perspectives (3)

ED 616 Group Counseling (3)

Year Three ED 802 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)

ED 864 Research Methods (3)

ED 816 Evidence-Based Treatment: Adults (3)

ED 881 Quantitative Analysis (3)

ED 803 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (3)

ED 810 Cognitive Assessment II (3)

ED 840 Practicum I (1)

ED 801AO1History & Systems (2)

ED 812 Personality Assessment II (3)

ED 821 Heath Service Psychology: Ethics and Standards (3)

ED 892 Directed Research in Psychology (2)

Year Four ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 804H2 Social Bases of Behavior (2)

ED 820 Developmental Psychology (3)

ED 841Practicum II (1)

ED 896 Research in Psychology (3)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 806 Psychopathology and Interventions (3)

ED 842 Practicum III (1)

ED 889 Comprehensive Written Exam (0)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 838H1 Internship and Prof Development (1)

ED 891 Comprehensive Oral Exam (0)

Year Five ED 825 Aging (3)

ED 809H2 Psychometrics (2)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 833A Supervision, Consultation & Systems (3)

 
Year Six ED 886 Clinical Internship (0) ED 887 Clinical Internship (0)
   

Sample Program of Study for Advanced Standing Admission†

  Fall Spring Summer
Year One ED 802 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)

ED 864 Research Methods (3)

ED 816 Evidence-Based Treatment: Adults (3)

ED 881 Quantitative Analysis (3)

ED 803 Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (3)

ED 810 Cognitive Assessment II (3)

ED 840 Practicum I (1)

ED 801AO1 History & Systems (2)

ED 812 Personality Assessment II (3)

ED 821H1 Health Service Psychology: Ethics and Standards (3)

ED 892 Directed Research in Psychology (2)

Year Two ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 804H2 Social Bases of Behavior (2)

ED 820Developmental Psychology (3)

ED 841 Practicum II (1)

ED 896 Research in Psychology (3)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 806 Psychopathology and Interventions (3)

ED 842 Practicum III (1)

ED 889 Comprehensive Written Exam (0)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 838H1 Internship and Professional Development (1)

Ed 891 Comprehensive Oral Exam (0)

Year Three ED 825 Aging (3)

ED 809A2 Psychometrics (2)

ED XXX Elective (3)

ED 833A Supervision, Consultation & Systems (3)

 
Year Four ED 886 Clinical Internship (0) ED 887 Clinical Internship (0)
†Does not include any additional introductory courses beyond the 45 accepted for advanced standing or prerequisite courses indicated in individual student’s Program of Study

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