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 (SSP)

Specialist Degree in School Psychology (SSP)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (57 credit hours)
Choose all from:
PSYC 5330 Psychopathology 3
PSYC 5361 Neuropsychopharmacology 3
PSYC 5381 Advanced Learning Theory 3
PSYC 5387 Advanced Statistics 3
PSYC 5397 Advanced Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 5334 Theory and Research in Psychotherapy II (Focus on Multicultural Issues) 3
PSYC 5035 Special Problems in Psychology: System Organization, Administration and Change in School Settings 3
PSYC 5394 Psychometrics 3
PSYC 5395 Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement 3
PSYC 5398 Advanced Child Assessment 3
PSYC 6394 Practicum in Psychometrics 3
PSYC 5334 Theory and Research in Psychotherapy II (Focus on Advanced Child Therapy) 3
PSYC 5338 Consultation in School Psychology 3
PSYC 5370 Academic Assessment and Consultation 3
PSYC 5339 Advanced School Psychology  3
PSYC 6396 Practicum in School Psychology I 3
PSYC 6397 Practicum in School Psychology II 3
PSYC 6371 A and B for 6 hours - Internship in Psychology 6
Electives (3 credit hours)
Choose one from:
Graduate courses in PSYC, COUN or EDAD1 3
Total Credit Hours: 60
1 Selections must be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.


Psychology (PSYC)
Educational Administration (EDAD)
Counseling (COUN)

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