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ERIC Number: ED591742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
APA Guidelines on Core Learning Goals for Master's Degree Graduates in Psychology
American Psychological Association
The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) appointed a task force to articulate what students should know and be able to do at the conclusion of a master's program. Professional organizations such as APA have an obligation to lead the discipline in offering guidance about appropriate learning goals and outcomes at all levels of education. APA guidelines outline goals and outcomes at the high school and undergraduate level as well as competencies at the clinical, counseling, and school doctoral level. This document is intended to help bridge the sequence of education and training with core goals and outcomes for psychology master's programs. The Task Force will develop a set of goals and learning outcomes that will: (1) Be applicable to any subfield of psychology (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive, industrial-organizational (I/O), quantitative or clinical/counseling/school); (2) Serve as a basis for departments and programs to create learning outcomes; (3) Not prescribe any course or curriculum requirements, nor specific professional-based competencies associated with serving clients or applying psychological science; and (4) Not address or challenge the doctoral requirement for those licensed for independent practice of psychology, as set forth in the APA's Model Licensure Act. [The guidelines were written by the APA Task Force on Guidelines for Master's Programs in Psychology.]
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Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association