skip to content

<< Doctoral Program in School Psychology

School Psychology Doctoral Program Data (updated August 2013)

Admissions (2006-2012)

The minimum criteria for admission to the doctoral program in school psychology include: the pre-requisite educational background (e.g. a bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology or a related field, and/or as master’s/specialist degree in school psychology, psychology or a related field); 18 hours of required undergraduate psychology preparation (General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Statistics, Research Design or Experimental Psychology, Cognitive or Learning Psychology, and Physiological Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience); a minimum recommended GRE score of 300 (153 verbal and 147 quantitative using the new scale) or 1000 (500 verbal and 500 quantitative using the old scale); an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and/or a graduate GPA of 3.5.

Typically 7-10 students are admitted each year from an applicant pool of approximately 20-25 applications. Over the past 7 years we have admitted an average of 7 students each year. The average GRE (Verbal + Quantitative) is 1074 (based on the old scale). The average GRE for 2012-13 using the new GRE scale was 298 (149 Verbal and 149 Quantitative). The average undergraduate GPA is 3.54 and the average graduate GPA is 3.85.

Application Year

Number of Applicants

Number of Students Admitted

Number of Students Enrolled

2013-14

27

7

(3 students transferred from specialist program)

7

2012-13

20

7

(1 student-readmit for dissertation and internship only; 1 student transferred from specialist program)

6

2011-12

25

7

6

2010-11

18

9

9

2009-10

16

8

6

2008-09

18

7

5

2007-08

20

10

9

2006-07

19

8

6

Student Demographics (2006-2013)

Our students are primarily Caucasian and female. The age range is typically mid-twenties to mid-fifties.

Student Demographics

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Female

7

10

4

6

9

5

6

6

Male

1

 

2

 

 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African American

2

1

 

 

2

1

1

3

American Indian/Alaska Native

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asian/Pacific Islander

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

Caucasian

6

9

5

4

6

5

5

3

Hispanic/Latino/a

 

 

 

1

1

 

 

1

Multi-ethnic/None of the Above

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International

 

 

1 (Asian)

 

 

 

 

 

Attrition (2006-2013)

Few students leave the program after enrolling without completing the program. The largest amount of attrition from the program results from family responsibilities, relocation, or career change. Since 2006 eleven students out of 51 have left the program.

Variable

Year of First Enrollment

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students)

8

-

10

-

6

-

6

-

9

-

6

-

6

-

Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts

5

63

5

50

3

50

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Students still enrolled in program

1

13

2

20

0

0

5

83

8

59

6

83

6

100

Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree

2

25

3

30

3

50

1

17

1

11

1

17

 

0

Time to Completion (2005-13)

The doctoral program takes on average 4-6 years to complete. Data analysis indicates the average range for completion of the doctorate for students entering with a bachelor’s degree is 4-6 years, and the average range of completion of a doctorate for students entering with a master’s degree is 3-5 years.

 

Time to Completion for all students entering the program

Outcome

Year in which Degrees were Conferred

 

2006-
2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012
-2013

Total

Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript

2

3

4

7

7

4

1

28

Mean number of years to complete the program

5

4.3

5.25

6.2

4.2

4.5

7

5.2

Median number of years to complete the program

 

 

 

6

4

4.5

 

 

Time to Degree Ranges

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students in less than 5 years

 

0

2

67

2

50

1

14

4

57

2

50

 

0

2

7

Students in 5 years

2

100

 

0

 

0

2

29

3

43

2

50

 

0

8

29

Students in 6 years

 

0

 

0

1

25

1

14

 

0

 

0

 

0

2

7

Students in 7 years

 

0

1

33

 

0

1

14

 

0

 

0

1

100

2

7

Students in more than 7 years

 

0

 

0

1

25

2

29

 

0

 

0

 

0

2

7

Describe or provide a link to program admissions policies that allow students to enter with credit for prior graduate work, and the expected implications for time to completion.  Please indicate NA if not applicable.

Students entering the doctoral program with a master's or specialist degree in school psychology or a related field (counseling or clinical psychology for example) must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for graduate work in psychology exclusive of practicum and thesis grades. At least fifty percent of the graduate work counted toward a doctoral degree program must be composed of courses having residence status at Texas Woman's University. Transfer credit will be considered on a course-by-course basis. Only graduate courses in which the grade of B or better is awarded by an accredited institution may be considered for transfer credit. No credit toward a graduate degree may be obtained by correspondence or by extension work from another institution. In addition, coursework that is older than 10 years at the time of the student's graduation from the doctoral program will not be accepted by the Graduate School. There is no automatic transfer of graduate credit, but the School Psychology Program faculty has the prerogative to recommend to the Dean of the Graduate School the acceptance of transferable credits. A student may apply for consideration of transfer of credits after satisfactorily completing a minimum of 9 (nine) hours of graduate credit at TWU and upon filing the degree plan. The rule governing the time limit for doctoral credit also applies to transferable credits (ten-year limitation for courses taken beyond the SSP degree). The School Psychology Program does not allow course credit for experiences such as workshops, seminars, remedial study, or other such types of learning experiences. The School Psychology Program and the Graduate School do not award graduate credit for undergraduate coursework.  Courses are not automatically waived due to prior course work and job related experiences. With an interest in keeping the School Psychology Program current and consistent with accreditation standards, the following policy is established: Students entering the doctoral program with prior course work and job related experiences may choose to petition the instructor of the respective courses to consider work completed in lieu of taking the course. When the student's degree plan is submitted, documentation must accompany it supporting the waiver of these courses.

As the decision to substitute/transfer/or credit prior coursework is individualized for students, time to completion of the doctoral program will vary depending upon the number of prior graduate credits accepted and applied.  Typically, the range is 15-30 credits.  The average range of completion of a doctorate for students entering with a master’s degree is 3-5 years.

Internship Data (2005-2013)

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-13

2013-14

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students who sought or applied for internships*

2

-

5

-

7

-

2

-

6

-

4

-

1

 

7

 

Students who obtained internships

2

100

5

100

7

100

2

100

6

100

4

100

1

100

7

100

Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships

2

100

 

0

4

57

 

0

4

67

2

50

 

0

4

57

Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

 

0

3

60

2

29

1

50

2

33

 

0

 

0

1

14

Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Students who obtained  internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

 

0

2

40

1

14

1

50

 

0

2

50

1

100

2

29

Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

0

0

 

Internship Placement - Table 2

 

 Outcome

Year Applied for Internship

 

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

 

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students who obtained internships

5

100

7

100

2

100

6

100

4

100

1

100

7

100

Students who obtained paid internships

5

100

7

100

2

100

6

100

4

100

1

100

7

100

Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable)

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

*Should only include students that applied for internship and are included in the number that "sought or applied for internship" from “Internship Placement - Table 1” for each year.

 

Professional Licensure Information (2005-2011)

Licensure

Outcome

2005 to 2011

Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period.

25

Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period.

14

Licensure percentage (LP)

56%

Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) in time period (license necessary to practice school psychology)

 

22

Licensure percentage (LSSP)

91%

Our students have consistently done well on the School Psychology Praxis Examination (the professional practice examination required for licensure/certification in most states to practice as a school psychologist) and on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) which is the professional examination required for licensure as a psychologist in most states. Passing on the School Psychology Praxis Examination is 165 (70%) and passing on the EPPP is 140. Of recent graduates (n=25), 22 had obtained the credential to practice as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (the practice credential for those practicing in the schools in Texas, regardless of degree level), 3 had obtained the Licensed Psychologist credential, and 11 were dually credentialed as LSSP’s and LP’s.

Program Costs

Program Costs

 

Description

2012-2014 1st-year Cohort Cost

Tuition for full-time students (in-state)

$6,981.20

Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state)

$17,955.20

Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable)

 

University/institution fees or costs

$2,152.33 (est)

Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.)

$1,500.00 (est)

 

Tuition and Fees

Full-time Student Tuition (2013-14)

Resident (in-state): $225.20 per semester hour

Non-Resident (out of state; international): $579.20 per semester hour

*Out of state tuition is waived and in-state tuition is granted to any student receiving a scholarship of $1000.00 or greater.

* Doctoral students are charged the non-resident tuition for doctoral work in excess of 130 semester credit hours.

Most students enroll full-time (defined as 9 credit hours per semester). Most students carry approximately 11-14 credit hours per academic semester and 6-8 credit hours in the summer.

For students carrying the typical load per semester (14 fall; 11 spring; 6 summer) the tuition would be $6,981.20.04 + fees per year (resident) and $17,955.20 + fees (non-resident).

For students carrying the minimum load per semester (9 credits each academic semester and 3 credits in the summer) the tuition would $4,729.20 + fees per year (resident) and $12,163.20 + fees (non-resident).

In addition to tuition, other fees imposed by the University include (2012-14 rates):

  • Computer Use Fee ($16.00 per credit hour; approximately $496.00 per year)
  • Program Fee ($25.00 per credit hour)
  • Instructional Enhancement Fee ($9.00 per year) 
  • Fitness and Recreation Fee ($73.00 per academic semester)
  • Library Fee ($9.00 per credit hour; approximately $279.00 per year)
  • Publication Fee ($2.00 per semester)
  • New Student Orientation Fee ($125.00 per year)
  • Student Union Fee ($35.00 per semester)
  • Student ID Fee ($11.00 per semester)
  • International Education Fee ($3.00 per semester)
  • Student Services Fee ($29.04 per semester; cannot exceed $232.32 per semester)
  • Medical Fees ($43.00 per semester)
  • Liability Insurance ($76.25 per year)

Financial Aid, Loans, Scholarships and Assistantships

Adjustments to tuition may include financial aid, grants, loans, scholarships and assistantships. Information regarding these opportunities can be found at the TWU Financial Aid Office. In addition to traditional loans, a large majority of students are awarded a Graduate Student Scholarship. Awards are $2500.00 per year for full-time students. This award is automatically renewable for up to three years for doctoral students as long as the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Information and application materials for the Graduate Student Scholarship can be found on the Financial Aid Office's Scholarships page. The deadline for this application is March 1st. In addition, graduate students are eligible to be considered for the Allsup-Lane Scholarship administered by the Graduate School. The Allsup-Lane Scholarship is awarded for outstanding scholarship. The award is $1000.00 per year and is renewable for 3 years. Information and application materials can be found at the Allsup-Lane Scholarship page.

Graduate assistantships (research, teaching, administrative) are available in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy and throughout the University (such as in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Student Life, or the Office of International Education and International Admissions). General information and application materials can be found on the graduate school's Graduate Assistants page. Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy typically require teaching or assisting with undergraduate courses. Graduate Assistantships are usually either 10 hours (1 course) or 20 hours (2 courses). A 20-hour assistantship carries a stipend of approximately $11, 808 for two semesters. For consideration for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Psychology and Philosophy, applicants should complete an graduate assistantship application and submit it along with a resume/vita to the Chair of the Department, Dr. Daniel C. Miller at dmiller@twu.edu. Graduate assistantship positions are competitive (e.g. there are typically more students than assistantship slots) and are not guaranteed with an offer of admission. Graduate assistantship positions are renewable for up to three years pending adequate performance and budgetary requirements.

 

page last updated 9/18/2014 9:54 AM