Specialist Degree in School Psychology

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Program Description

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, 56 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:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) of all previous college work
  4. Official GRE scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation from faculty in the student's major at the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  6. Personal statement

Applicants should have at least eighteen undergraduate hours of psychology which should include a course in research methods and a course in statistics. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

Degree Requirements

Specialist Degree in School Psychology
Specified Courses
PSYC 5035Special Problems in Psychology (System Organization, Administration and Change in School Settings)3
PSYC 5330Psychopathology3
PSYC 5334Thry & Rsch Psychotherapy II (Focus on Advanced Child Therapy)3
PSYC 5334Thry & Rsch Psychotherapy II (Focus on Multicultural Issues)3
PSYC 5338Consultation In School Psy3
PSYC 5339Advanced School Psychology3
PSYC 5361Neuropsychopharmacology3
PSYC 5370Academic Assmnt & Consultation3
PSYC 5381Advanced Learning Theory3
PSYC 5387Advanced Statistics3
PSYC 5394Psychometrics3
PSYC 5395Assmt Of Intellgnc & Achievmt3
PSYC 5397Adv Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 5398Advanced Child Assessment3
PSYC 6371Internship in Psychology 16
PSYC 6394Practicum In Psychometrics3
PSYC 6396Practicum in School Psychology I3
PSYC 6397Practicum in School Psychology II3
Select one graduate course in PSYC, COUN or EDAD in consultation with the Graduate Advisor3
Total Hours60

 PSYC 6371 is taken twice for 6 hours (PSYC 6371A and PSYC 6371B).