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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

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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 Costs

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 Requirements

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Specialist in School Psychology :: Domestic Program Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Requirements

  • Apply Texas application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • GRE (verbal, quantitative)
    • There are no minimum scores.
  • Statement of Goals
    Submit one document answering each essay prompt in 500 words or less:
    • Please provide an autobiographical statement. (There is not a correct format for this question. 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 Curriculum Vita
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA is desirable)
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable; 3.5 GPA is desirable)
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
    • Letters should be completed by individuals who can speak on your academic abilities and/or your professionally relevant skills.

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Priority admission consideration deadline: February 1
Interviews are by invitation only.

Final admission consideration deadline: May 1
Interviews are by invitation only.

Interview

Selected applicants will interview with the School Psychology committee. This process takes place after the application packet submission and screening process.

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Specialist in School Psychology :: International Program Admission Requirements

International Student Requirements

  • Apply Texas application
  • $75 (USD) application fee
  • GRE (verbal, quantitative)
    • There are no minimum scores.
  • Statement of Goals
    Submit one document answering each essay prompt in 500 words or less:
    • Please provide an autobiographical statement. (There is not a correct format for this question. Answer as if someone had 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 Curriculum Vita
  • All official transcripts
    • Bachelor’s degree, including all transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA is desirable)
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework (if applicable; 3.5 GPA is desirable)
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
    • Letters should be completed by individuals who know the employment capabilities of the applicant.
  • English proficiency
    Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Application Packet Submission Deadline

Priority admission consideration deadline: January 15
Interviews are to be held on February 7

Final admission consideration deadline: April 15
Interviews are to be held on May 1

Interview

Selected applicants will interview with the School Psychology committee. This process takes place after the application packet submission and screening process.

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