Stephen F. Austin State University

Master's-level

Master's Degree in School Psychology

The Master's in School Psychology Program was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in 2000 and accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 2006 and 2013. The M.A. program is dedicated to producing ethical, responsible, and competent school psychologists. The mission is to train students to apply scientific knowledge and method in the assessment and treatment of learning, educational, behavior, and psychosocial problems, in general, and special education populations in public schools. Our program emphasizes critical thinking, communication, personal responsibility, social responsibility, empirical and quantitative skills, and teamwork. The curriculum and training are aligned with the 2010 NASP domains and the modality of instruction is face-to face.

Licensure and Certifications

The Masters in School Psychology program at SFA prepares students for licensure by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. The program also prepares students for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). For more information please visit http://www.tsbep.state.tx.us/ and http://www.nasponline.org/


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.

Please see attached course sequence:

Masters_Course_Sequence.pdf

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.

Practicum & Intership

Students complete a 14 hour embedded practicum experience as part of the course requirements in EPS 565: School Psychology. A 20 hour embedded practicum experience is also included in EPS 545: Individual Intelligence Testing. During the Spring semesters students complete 150 hours of practica, in EPS 555: Practicum. Practica experiences focus on schools as systems, assessment, academic and behavioral intervention, counseling, home-school collaboration, and consultation. All practica experiences occur in a school setting. Students will receive supervision from field-based and university-based supervisors during their practica experiences. Upon completion of course requirements and the practica experience, students are prepared for internship.

The internship requires a minimum of 1200 hours and is completed during two consecutive academic semesters for Masters level students who are not also enrolled in doctoral courses. At least half (600) of the required hours must be completed within a school setting that provides experiences working with both general education and special education programs. Interns work full-time in a school setting under direct supervision of a qualified Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. In addition, students receive university-based supervision in EPS 595: Internship. The internship experience is a culmination of all prior training and experiences and adheres to the training requirements and objectives of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Application and Admissions

All the above information will be reviewed and assessed in conjunction with related application materials. Acceptance entails meeting all of the above requirements prior to entering the program.

Note that applicants may be conditionally accepted if they have not yet submitted GRE scores but have fulfilled all other requirements for the program. However, acceptable scores must be submitted no later than the end of their first semester to continue in the program.

Types of admission

Students can be accepted into the program under three types of admission:

1. Clear admission: Under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate degree. An applicant to the School Psychology Programs must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 and a grade point average of 2.8 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (exclusive of freshman-level courses), each on a 4.0 scale. The student must also present acceptable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

2. Probationary admission :An applicant to the School Psychology Program failing to achieve clear admission to graduate study may be considered for probationary admission on a case-by-case basis under which the student is eligible to work toward a graduate degree, but with the provision that the student earn a B average on course work the first semester or summer session of registration or be placed on academic suspension.

3. Provisional admission : School Psychology Program applicants who are unable to supply all the required documentation prior to the first semester of enrollment, but who, based on previous academic performance, appear to meet the requirements for clear admission, may be considered for provisional admission. The record must indicate a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5, and a 2.8 for the last 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of freshman-level courses), based on a 4.0 scale. This status requires the recommendation of the appropriate department and the approval of the academic dean, and it is valid for one regular semester or two summer sessions only.

4. Overlap Program Admission : The Overlap Program permits qualified undergraduates to pursue a limited number of graduate studies concurrently with undergraduate ones. A maximum of 12 credit hours is allowed. To be eligible for the Overlap Program, a student must be enrolled at SFA and must have achieved at least 95 semester hours of undergraduate credit. A student with fewer than 115 hours of undergraduate credit must present a 3.0 grade point average both overall and in the major field. A student with 115 hours or more of undergraduate credit, however, may be admitted to the Overlap Program by presenting a 2.5 grade point average overall and a 2.8 grade point average in the major field. Any student admitted to the Overlap Program must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at the earliest possible date before admission.

To be admitted to the Overlap Program, a student should:
a) Apply to the Graduate School
b) Complete an Overlap Application which can be located at: overlap-recommendation.pdf
c) Obtain the recommendation of the School Psychology Program, and
d) Obtain the recommendation of the appropriate academic dean.

Handbook

For more information about the program including application and admission guidelines, degree requirements, evaluations processes and forms, practicum and internship, and student responsibilities see our Masters program handbook:

For current students