Stephen F. Austin State University

Masters program in School Psychology

School Psychology Master's Program Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The Masters in School Psychology Program embraces a practitioner-scientist/scholar model of training in which practice, research, and theory are considered integrated components.

Practitioner: The practitioner is expected to demonstrate a high level of expertise in the professional practice of school psychology. This expertise includes the areas of consultation, assessment, and intervention.

Scientist: The scientist is expected to understand and advance basic knowledge in school psychology. Students are educated to be skilled consumers of research as well as researchers capable of examining relevant problems, both empirical and applied.

The emphasis is on developing applied knowledge in research methods, human growth and development, learning principles, psychopathology, and biological basis of behavior necessary for functioning in the public schools.

School psychology candidates are expected to develop high levels of interpersonal and collaborative skills and apply cultural competence and sensitivity to diversity as they fulfill their professional, legal, ethical, and social roles in education and society. Our school psychology candidates apply technology in their practice and use data-based decisions in individual and system-based service delivery to enhance student development in academic, cognitive, mental health, social and other life skills and competencies.

The Masters in School Psychology Program incorporates the state requirements for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and the national training standards for certification as a National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). The School Psychology program requires 63 semester hours, which includes an internship. The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists through December 31, 2020.

The School Psychology Program Faculty (SPPF) is the governing body. It is chaired by the Program Director. All decisions regarding school psychology student admission, evaluation, retention, and instructional/curricular issues are made by faculty consensus based on accrediting board standards and local policies and practices.

Through coursework and practical experiences, our School Psychology Candidates will provide evidence of meeting the following Program Outcomes:

  1. Practical Knowledge: The candidate will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of theory, practice, research, and assessment.
  2. Content Knowledge: The candidate will demonstrate basic knowledge of the school psychology profession, specifically: assessment and treatment, prevention and intervention, applied psychological foundations, applied educational foundations, research and scholarly writing, and ethical and legal considerations.
  3. Behavior Assessment: The candidate will identify and operationally define current problem areas, strengths, and needs through assessment, and measure the results of decisions based on those evaluations.
  4. Pedagogical and Professional Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions: The candidate will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professional work characteristics/dispositions and effectively apply them in practice.
  5. Application of Principles and Procedures: Assessment that demonstrates candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions are applied effectively in practice.

Masters Course Curriculum

Year One

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 560: Learn/Cognitive Dev. EPS 545: Indiv. Intelligence Testing SPE 562: Instr. Strat/Except Learners
EPS 544: Psychoed. Assessment EPS 502: Applied Behavior Analysis SPE 567: Ed. Exceptional Children
EPS 550: Research Methods EPS 565: School Psychology COU 535: Multicultural Counseling
EPS 501: Ethics in School Psychology
Total: 9 hours Total: 9 hours Total: 12 hours

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer I & II
COU 522: Family Counseling EPS 555: Practicum EPS 563: Consultation and Supervision
EPS 561: Social Basis of Behavior EPS 590: Thesis Writing EPS 530: Systems and Interventions

EPS 589: Thesis Research (Advisor)

Committee identified and proposal
development w/ IRB approved

EPS 580: Human Neuroscience Masters Comprehensive Exam
EPS 585: Adv. Human Gr. & Devel.
Total: 12 hours Total: 9 hours Total: 6 hours

Year Three

Fall Spring Summer I & II
EPS 595A: Intern SCH/PSY

EPS 595B: Internship

Praxis Testing

Total: 3 hours Total: 3 hours

Printable Masters Course Sequence

Potential Students

Financial Support

All application materials (for Graduate School and Program) must be received by the School Psychology Admissions Committee prior to the following deadlines:

Fall Admission - January 31
Spring Admission - October 31

Applications that are not completed by the above stated deadlines will be considered for late enrollment and materials are due by May 31.
Incomplete applications are denied after 90 days and require the application to reapply.

Current Students

Masters Handbook

Application for Thesis Examination

Proposal Approval Form

Masters Application for Graduate

Completion Requirements

Masters-level students are required to take a minimum of 60 semester hours, including the full- time academic year internship. Students that follow the course sequence complete the program in three years. Students who elect to attend part-time have six years to complete the program.

Continuous registration is required for all students until degree completion. Students that fail to enroll for any one semester in the course sequence are considered on inactive status regardless of reason, and must re-apply to the School Psychology Program for admission. Reapplication does not guarantee admission.

Certification of Completion of the School Psychology Master's Degree requires:

  1. Demonstration of consistent compliance to professional standards and ethics;
  2. Good program standing (e.g. successful completion of program requirements);
  3. Good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0);
  4. Completion of all required coursework (minimum 60 hours);
  5. Successful completion of professional dispositions review.