Dr. Andrew Shanock is an Associate Professor of School Psychology at The College of Saint Rose, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. For those interested in pursuing a career in school psychology at Saint Rose, Dr. Shanock will be one of your professors, guiding you through the curriculum.
The School Psychology program at Saint Rose is a graduate program in which students earn a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology, which certifies them to work as school psychologists in school systems.
As part of the admission process, applicants must participate in scheduled group and individual interviews. In those venues, Dr. Shanock suggests that applicants talk about more than their love for working with children.
“As a school psychologist, you should enjoy working with children. However, there is more to it than working with kids. Students should think about how they see themselves as advocates for children,” he notes.
The School Psychology program is an intensive full-time, three-year program incorporating a year-long internship experience. It is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Shanock enjoys that the faculty take a family approach to teaching. “We care about each student’s life. The curriculum is more than just academics,” he says. “We want to prepare students to be successful school psychologists, and work with their peers to address problems and accomplish their goals.”
Dr. Shanock has been teaching at Saint Rose since 2005 and views his teaching position as the greatest job he’s ever had. He cites how Saint Rose has been very supportive of his interest in cognitive assessment since joining the faculty. Dr. Shanock also appreciates the cross-functional cooperation between departments.
“The School Psychology faculty work with other departments, such as Special Education and Counseling, to strengthen the curriculum. By incorporating educational material from relevant departments, we make the School Psychology program applicable across different disciplines.” In fact, students not only take School Psychology courses, but also courses in Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education.
Are you interested in becoming a school psychologist? Learn more about the program and admission requirements here. You can also read more about Dr. Andrew Shanock’s background in school psychology here.
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