Specialist Degree in School Psychology
The Specialist Degree in School Psychology is designed to produce effective independent providers of psychological services within the schools. Completion of the degree program also prepares students for further graduate study and/or junior college teaching. This program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and graduates are eligible for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential provided by NASP.
Graduates may also choose to seek licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) following a small amount of additional coursework and further supervised experience.
This degree program includes a minimum of 60 graduate credit hours, 54 of which are typically taken full-time and year round for two consecutive years, followed by an academic year of full-time internship experience (6 credit hours). Students will gain 300+ hours of practicum experience prior to the internship and are license eligible immediately upon graduation. Internship placements are competitive, but our program boasts a 100% intern employment rate, with most students acquiring paid internship placements.
Applicants seeking admission to the school psychology program must submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
- Graduate Application
- Application fee
- Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
- Official GRE scores
- Three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty in the student's major at the undergraduate degree-granting institution
- Personal statement
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
In addition to the courses listed below, all students must complete a comprehensive examination near the end of their program. In lieu of traditional comprehensive examinations, students must take the Praxis II, the standardized examination required for professional licensure in school psychology, and receive a passing score—as established by the State Board.
|Specialist Degree in School Psychology|
|PSYC 5035||Special Problems in Psychology (System Organization, Administration and Change in School Settings)||3|
|PSYC 5334||Thry & Rsch Psychotherapy II (Focus on Advanced Child Therapy)||3|
|PSYC 5334||Thry & Rsch Psychotherapy II (Focus on Multicultural Issues)||3|
|PSYC 5338||Consultation In School Psy||3|
|PSYC 5339||Advanced School Psychology||3|
|PSYC 5370||Academic Assmnt & Consultation||3|
|PSYC 5381||Advanced Learning Theory||3|
|PSYC 5387||Advanced Statistics||3|
|PSYC 5395||Assmt Of Intellgnc & Achievmt||3|
|PSYC 5397||Adv Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSYC 5398||Advanced Child Assessment||3|
|PSYC 6371||Internship in Psychology 1||6|
|PSYC 6394||Practicum In Psychometrics||3|
|PSYC 6396||Practicum in School Psychology I||3|
|PSYC 6397||Practicum in School Psychology II||3|
|Select one graduate course in PSYC, COUN or EDAD in consultation with the Graduate Advisor||3|