Stephen F. Austin State University

School Psychology

School Psychology Graduate Programs

The Stephen F. Austin State University offers two programs in school psychology: A Master's in School Psychology and a Doctorate in School Psychology. The Master's in School Psychology Program was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in August of 2000 and has received full approval (national recognition) by the National Association of School Psychologists through December 31, 2020. The Ph.D. Program in School Psychology was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2009.


The mission of our programs are dedicated to producing ethical, responsible, and competent school psychologists who employ scientific knowledge and methods of critical and creative problem solving. The programs' philosophy of education holds that one learns best by engaging in practice. Therefore, the mission of our programs are to apply science knowledge and methods to the assessment and treatment of learning, behavior, and psychosocial problems in regular and special education populations in public school.

Our program emphasizes functional analytic, collaborative, and data-based decision making expressed in the following themes:

1. An appreciation and respect for the special attributes, dignity, diversity, and unique characteristics of each student as a contributor to our culture;

2. A commitment to support the best interests of students over and above bureaucratic and procedural demands of institutions;

3. An emphasis on the scientist-practitioner model of problem solving directed at assessment, intervention, follow-up treatment, consultation, applied and basic research, and on-going program evaluation.

4. Our training model assumes that the primary functions of a school psychologist are relevant to both academic and social issues within the public school system. An additional tenet of this training model is that the school psychologist's service is most effective when it is approached from a data-based decision making orientation.

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Professional Organizations in School Psychology

School Psychology-American Psychological Association (APA)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP)