Stephen F. Austin State University

School Psychology

School Psychology Graduate Programs

Stephen F. Austin State University offers three programs and two degrees in school psychology: A Master's in School Psychology and a Doctorate in School Psychology, with two options- post-master's entry or post-bachelor's entry. 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 August 1, 2025. The Ph.D. Program in School Psychology was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2009.

Students interested in a doctoral degree should consider the post-bachelor's Ph.D. program. A master's degree is not required. Estimated time to completion with full-time enrollment in each program is as follows:

M.A.: two years of coursework and one year of full-time internship

Ph.D. post-bachelor's: three years of coursework and one year of full-time internship

Ph.D. post-master's: two years of coursework and one year of full-time internship.

The Ph.D. Program is exclusively affiliated with the SFASU Charter School Psychology Internship Program (CSPIP), which has received APA accreditation. Further information about the CSPIP and accreditation can be found on the internship website.


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.

General Program Information

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Practicum and Internship

All master's and doctoral students complete practicum and internships consistent with requirements for certification and licensure. Below are the required affiliation agreement and contract forms to be completed by the student, field-based supervisor, university-based supervisor, and other administrators.

Affiliation Agreement

Master's Practicum Contract

Master's Internship Contract

Doctoral School-Based Practicum Contract

Doctoral Clinic-Based Practicum Contract

Doctoral Internship Contract

Professional Organizations in School Psychology

School Psychology-American Psychological Association (APA)

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP)