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Local students need your guidance and support. Help educators create a safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environment by earning your specialist degree in School Psychology. You’ll work alongside teachers, administrators, students and their families as you promote mental health within the school district. Our program is consistent with the requirements published by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. Join our program today!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite
Duration

3 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Combination
Total Credit Hours

66 hours

Thesis Requirements

Optional

Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) :: Big Easy Links

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Specialist in School Psychology :: SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN School Psychology

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School Psychology (SSP) :: Focus Your Passion

Focus Your Passion

The Department of Psychology and Special Education offers two tracks that cater to your research interests and professional goals. We offer a thesis and non-thesis option. If you’re interested in further graduate work, we recommend the thesis track. Discover which option works best for you.

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Specialist in School Psychology :: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

What you will learn

A specialist degree in School Psychology will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Fulfill requirements to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
  • Learn the best practices in providing culturally relevant assessment, intervention, consultation and mental health services
  • Learn how to work collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success
  • Gain hands-on experience through a required practicum and internship
  • Examine the multicultural richness within schools and how to address students’ diverse needs
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Specialist in School Psychology :: Careers

Careers

Become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Nationally Certified School Psychologist at A&M-Commerce. Graduating from our program prepares you for a career in school psychology or private practice.

Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries

School Psychologist
$79,010

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Specialist in School Psychology :: FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Specialist in School Psychology :: Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery

Earning your degree just got easier at A&M-Commerce. Designed for current educators and working professionals, our School Psychology program offers online and face-to-face courses at the Mesquite Metroplex Center and main campus locations. In addition, we also offer some online courses. Please note that you must take courses as indicated by your degree plan regardless of the location.

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Graduate Program Cost

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition and fees for graduate students taking nine credit hours are $3,594 for Texas residents and $6,897 for non-residents.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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Specialist in School Psychology :: Domestic Program Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority admission consideration deadline: February 1

Final admission consideration deadline: May 1

  • The application and all required admission documents must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Interviews by invitation only

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “School Psychology, SSP” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $50 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to [email protected].

  • We recommend that you request transcripts for all of your academic work.
Postal Alternative

If your institution is unable to submit a digital copy, hard copies may be mailed to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Attn: Graduate School
PO Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

Those individuals should:

Statement of Goals

Submit one document addressing the following in 500 words or less, no more than 2 pages:

  • Please provide an autobiographical statement. Answer as if someone asked you to tell them something about yourself. This is an opportunity for you to provide the program with some information about yourself.
  • Describe your training and experience in working with diverse populations. Your discussion should describe the way in which diversity issues influence your interactions in the world.
  • Describe your research experience and interest.
  • Describe how you envision the program meeting your training goals and interest.
  • Describe your professional goals and aspirations for the future.

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

Interview

The Department of Psychology will contact you to schedule your interview.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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Specialist in School Psychology :: International Program Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • Priority admission consideration deadline: February 1
    • Interviews by invitation only
  • Final admission consideration deadline: May 1
    • Interviews by invitation only

Your Path to Becoming a Lion

Step 1. Submit Application

Submit your application through ApplyTexas.

  • Select “Create a new graduate school admissions application.”
  • Select “Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce)” as your “Target University.”

  • Select “School Psychology, SSP” as your “Major.”
  • Pay the $75 application fee.

Wait to receive an application confirmation email before proceeding to the next step.

  • After you submit your application, the Graduate School will send a confirmation email within two business days to the personal email account you used for ApplyTexas.

Step 2. Submit Documents

Submit the following documents after you receive an application confirmation email.

Official Transcripts

  • Contact your previous institution(s) and request that they send your official transcripts to:
    Texas A&M University-Commerce

    Attn: Graduate School
    2600 S. Neal St.
    Commerce, Texas 75428

We will need official/original documents. If those documents are the only copies you have, the Graduate School can mail them back to you upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three signed letters of recommendation, on letterhead, from professionals who can attest to your goals and ability to succeed in the program.

  • At least one of the references should hold a doctoral degree.

Those individuals should

Statement of Goals

Submit one document addressing the following in 500 words or less, no more than 2 pages:

  • Please provide an autobiographical statement. Answer as if someone asked you to tell them something about yourself. This is an opportunity for you to provide the program with some information about yourself.
  • Describe your training and experience in working with diverse populations. Your discussion should describe the way in which diversity issues influence your interactions in the world.
  • Describe your research experience and interest.
  • Describe how you envision the program meeting your training goals and interest.
  • Describe your professional goals and aspirations for the future

Resume or CV

Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV) which includes your academic and professional history and achievements.

Test Scores

You do not need to submit GRE scores if you have:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher
  • a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.25 GPA overall or higher

If you do not meet the GPA exemption criteria, request that your GRE® scores be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce (6188) when you register for the test. If you have already taken the GRE®, you can order additional score reports.

English Proficiency

You do not need to submit test scores if you have completed (all years) of a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States.

Request that your scores from one of the following be sent to Texas A&M University-Commerce:

  • TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550)
  • IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall)
  • PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher)
  • Duo Lingo (Minimum Score: 105)

*Scores must be less than two years old.

Official Sponsor Documents

Submit these documents to the Office of International Programs once you have been admitted

  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor with a balance of at least $26,025 USD which is less than 1 year old

Interview

The Department of Psychology will contact you to schedule your interview.

Look for application updates in myLeo > Apps > Check Application Status

  • Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email to your student email account at myLeo > Apps > Leomail.

Step 3. Apply for Financial Assistance

Step 4. Register for Classes

Once registration opens and you are eligible to enroll, your graduate enrollment specialist will contact you to complete registration.

  • View your degree plan in DegreeWorks.
  • To register for classes, go to myLeo > Student Resources > Registration Menu.

Contact your graduate enrollment specialist if you have any questions regarding your degree plan and registration.

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