EdS students in my school psych program complete 4 assessment classes in total. They complete cog assessment, educational assessment, psychoed (combining the cog and education), and a behavioral/personality assessment class. I compare this with the 1 assessment course that is required for the phd program in counseling psychology in the same department. Would I rather have a school psych EdS testing my child for LD classification over a counseling psychologist (assuming they were both trained within my department) - yes. You know what they say about making broad generalizations.....
Originally Posted by Pragma
I assess adults, but I find it hard to imagine that someone without significant assessment training could adequately diagnose and differentiate various developmental disorders in children. But as that is not my area of expertise, I'll defer to the pediatric experts here on that one. Given the time and resource limitations within schools, I would hope that master's level school professionals would know when it is appropriate to refer to someone with more training.
The use of the term psychologist by non-doctoral professionals is quite bothersome.