Graduate Student Experience With English Language Learners

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the current state of school psychology graduate students’ ability to pursue practicum and field experiences with ELL related issues.
  2. understand what factors contribute to school psychology graduate students pursuing field experiences related to ELL issues.
  3. learn about how prepared current school psychology graduate students feel to work with ELL students.


This study explored school psychology graduate students’ ability to pursue field experiences with English language learner (ELL) related issues and what factors contribute to them pursuing those experiences. Current students completed questionnaires regarding comfort pursuing and participating in these experiences and how prepared they felt to provide services to ELLs. Results indicated offering ELL-related experiences in graduate training programs was the most feasible way for graduate students to have these experiences and feel prepared to serve ELLs.



Austin D. Rogers, Minnesota State University - Mankato
Jeffrey M. Brown, Minnesota State University - Mankato


Shawna Petersen-Brown, Chip Panahon


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