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 structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AEDUC5405School 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
N/AEDUC5406School Psychology Professional Practice II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Co-requisites:
EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
N/AEDUC5454Learning Difficulties
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
NSEDUC5468Inclusive teaching of at-risk students
Prerequisites:
enrolment or re-enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education; Master of Teaching Secondary
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.
N/AEDUC5469School Psychology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400), enrolment or re-enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
30 hours
N/AEDUC5478School Psychology II
Prerequisites:
EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5481 Professional Practice I or EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I; and enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400) or enrolment in Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (30360)
Co-requisites:
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II or EDUC5406 School Psychology Professional Practice II
Incompatibility:
Nil
30 hours
N/AEDUC5485Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
N/AEDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks

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

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.

Additional rules
Failure to pass a Professional Practice unit

13. 1. Students who do not pass a Professional Practice unit may apply to have their case considered by a committee comprising —

(a) the Head of School or nominee;

(b) the relevant course coordinator; and

(c) a professional practice coordinator.
.The committee will take into account all relevant information and recommend to the School that the student be permitted to —

(a) repeat the Professional Practice unit; or

(b) repeat the Professional Practice unit following demonstration of specified conditions (e.g. completion of specified additional relevant work) to the satisfaction of the course coordinator; or

(c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.