Graduate Diploma in School Psychology

This pre-service course is intended to prepare psychology graduates for employment as school psychologists within the government and non-government sectors. The course exposes students to a range of relevant theories, processes and practices appropriate for the provision of psychological services to schools, teachers and students. It introduces students to psychological and educational assessment, counselling, and clinical units that address an understanding of many mental health issues and childhood disorders. At the conclusion of the course students should be able to demonstrate competency in assessment and counselling as well as understanding the management options for clinical issues. The prerequisite for this course is a four-year degree in psychology. Applicants must have completed an approved course of study in psychology and be eligible for registration as a psychologist.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Award abbreviation
GradDipSchoolPsych
Course code
30360
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSEDUC5405School Psychology Professional Practice I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Co-requisites:
EDUC5485 Development, Teaching and Learning; EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5468 Special Education Curriculum I
NSEDUC5406School Psychology Professional Practice II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Co-requisites:
EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I
NSEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
S1EDUC5468Special Education Curriculum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
S1EDUC5469School Psychology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
NSEDUC5478School Psychology II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II
S1EDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a qualification in psychology, as accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, comprising:

(i) a first or upper second class honours; or

(ii) a four-year Bachelor of Psychology; or

(iii) a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 percent in their fourth year of psychology study.

(2) Applicants must be eligible for registration as a psychologist at application.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;

and

(b) relevant community service experience (e.g. telephone counselling, aide to a person with a disability).

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) Students who do not pass the practical assessment for School Psychology I will not be permitted to progress to School Psychology II.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.