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Bilingual School Psychologist Concentration Area


The optional Bilingual School Psychologist concentration area provides school psychology students with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners in the school setting. Our School Psychology doctoral program is one of only three in the country to offer a bilingual concentration. 

The concentration area consists of language proficiency assessments to ensure that school psychologists are adequately proficient in another language to provide psychoeducational services. Although the demographics in the United States are becoming increasingly diverse, there is a well-documented shortage of bilingual school personnel that can effectively evaluate and work with English language learners.

School psychologists need to be aware of the various cultural, language, and systemic factors that uniquely influence ELL performance in the school-setting and be prepared to work with this growing population. At the completion of the concentration area, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate and identify flexible, appropriate psychoeducational evaluation strategies to identify strengths and areas of need within diverse populations
  • Collaborate with school professionals and families on best practice when assessing and intervening with diverse students
  • Have knowledge in appropriate psychotherapeutic, psychoeducational, and academic interventions appropriate for diverse populations and be able to evaluate current methods for appropriateness and effectiveness
  • Have adequate language abilities to conduct meetings, write psychoeducational report summaries in a language other than English, and conduct academic and psychological assessment and intervention effectively in their second language.

We welcome applications from motivated school psychology graduate students at CU Denver. Students must have completed two full-time semesters and be in good academic standing.
For more information, please contact Marlinda Hines at or Dr. Bryn Harris at Students will be interviewed prior to admittance.


This is a 9-hour program consisting of the following courses:
Psychological Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students - SPSY 6410 - 3 credits
Covers psychological assessment, language acquisition, educational models for bilingual students, and school staff and parental consultation/collaboration.

School-Based Interventions for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students - SPSY 5900 - 3 credits
Covers psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, and academic interventions in the school setting with an emphasis on providing these services to diverse students. Racial/ethnic development, acculturation, racism, oppression and other factors influencing the educational and mental health services of diverse students will be covered.

Practicum with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students - SPSY 6915 - 3 credits
This course consists of either a practicum in a metro-Denver school or a cultural immersion practicum in Mexico during the Maymester.

Please note that the first two SPSY courses (6410 & 5900) are requirements for all PsyD students and are offered each year. Courses will be taken over the second year of the PsyD program. Additional requirements include:

  1. Passing oral and written language proficiency exam in another language
  2. Practicum requirements in culturally and linguistically diverse areas that coincide with SPSY courses (150 clock hours)
  3. Students can take either the Denver-metro based practicum course or an immersion program.
  4. Students in both practicum experiences will be meeting with Dr. Harris for at least 10 hours ofsupervision.
  5. Students are required to enroll in 3 credits of practicum during the Maymester.
  6. Artifacts in the portfolio must demonstrate sufficient experience and proficiency when working within their second language and demonstrated multicultural competencies aligned with NASP standards
  7. Students must complete all required activities by the end of the Maymester during their internship year to complete this concentration area.

Bilingual School Psychologist Concentration Area completers become more effective:

  • School psychologists in U.S. urban and diverse educational, private practice, and hospital settings
  • School psychologists in foreign countries

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