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Support mental health among youth

All young people can face problems from time to time related to learning, social relationships, making difficult decisions or managing emotions. School psychologists help students, families, educators and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns. The SFA school psychology program is dedicated to producing ethical, responsible and competent school psychologists who employ scientific knowledge and methods of critical and creative problem- solving.

Our philosophy of education is that you’ll learn best by engaging in practice. Through your coursework and field-based experiences, you’ll 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. You’ll become a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home and in life.

What does a school psychologist do?

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students grappling with mental health situations. They consult with teachers, families and other school-employed mental health professionals like school counselors and school social workers to improve support strategies. They work with school administrators to improve schoolwide practices and policies, and they collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.

Most school psychologists work in K-12 public schools. They also provide services in a variety of other settings, including:

  • private schools
  • preschools
  • school district administration offices
  • universities
  • school-based health and mental health centers
  • community-based day treatment or residential clinics and hospitals
  • juvenile justice programs
  • and independent private practice.

MA in School Psychology

To be admitted to the master’s program, you must hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.

The master’s program was authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in August 2000 and has full approval (national recognition) by the National Association of School Psychologists through Aug. 1, 2025. This 63-hour degree includes two years of coursework and a one-year, full-time internship.

Part 1: Apply to SFA Graduate Studies

  • Submit an online application to SFA Graduate Studies.
  • Mail the application fee to SFA Graduate Studies.
    • Applications will not be processed without an application fee.
    • Please make check/money order payable to: Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • Send official transcripts from every institution you have attended (even if work appears on multiple transcripts) to SFA Graduate Studies.
  • Verify with SFA Graduate studies that no other items need to be submitted.

SFASU Graduate Studies
PO Box 13024, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX  75962
Phone: 936.468.2807

Learn more about applying to graduate school at SFA.

Part 2: Apply to SFA MA School Psychology program (deadline is Jan. 31)

  • Complete this application to the MA School Psychology Program.
    • Email your completed application to School Psychology program contact: Kristina Tannery at Kristina.tannery@sfasu.edu or mail to the address below.
  • 3 reference letters
    • Provide a list of names, phone numbers and email addresses of professors and/or supervisors most familiar with your work. References will need to send a letter on your behalf to the program secretary, Kristina Tannery at Kristina.tannery@sfasu.edu or mail to the address below.
  • Copy of your vita
    • A vita denotes your academic and professional experiences and accomplishments. Include educational information (list all institutions attended, dates, majors/minors and degrees), work history, research/presentation experience, honors, awards and volunteer activities.
  • Essay
    • Provide a full-length answer to the following topic: "Describe the role of a school psychologist as you see it and how your background/experience will impact your effectiveness as a future school psychologist."

Kristina Tannery
School Psychology Program Secretary
Stephen F. Austin State University
PO Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX  75962 

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Daniel McCleary
Email: mcclearydf@sfasu.edu
Office: 936.468.3940

Program Administrative Support:

Email: MAspsy@sfasu.edu
Office: 936.468.6401

Contact

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership
936.468.2906
HSEL@sfasu.edu
Faculty Directory

Human Services Building
Suite 302

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13019, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962