Why Study School Psychology at TWU?
Our Ph.D. in school psychology program embraces a scientist-practitioner model of training in which practice, theory and research are integrated. We are committed to providing students with the skills they need to excel in a variety of applied practice settings, including school systems, mental health and child guidance centers, medical centers and hospitals, independent clinical practice, and in academic or research positions in institutions of higher education.
Our faculty are easily accessible and invested in the success of every student. With a small student-to-faculty classroom ratio, you are guaranteed personalized attention as you pursue your doctoral degree in school psychology.
"The doctoral program in school psychology at TWU has provided me with a strong education to enter my profession as a competent professional. The program offers a multitude of opportunities to work in diverse settings with children and families. Our reach stems beyond a school setting and allows us to be competent psychologists in a variety of areas."
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School psychologist was rated the best social services job by U.S. News in 2017. Learn more about career opportunities available to those with a degree in school psychology. Graduates with a doctoral degree in school psychology are also eligible for credentialing as a Licensed Psychologist, allowing them to seek employment within a wide range of job settings that deal with infants, children, teenagers and families, in hospitals, clinics, and private practice.
Admission to the TWU Graduate School
When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.
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*Admission to the Ph.D. in School Psychology
Ron Palomares-Fernandez, PhD
Fall admission only - January 5
Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by the deadline. All application materials must be received by both the Office of Admissions and the Department of Psychology & Philosophy by the specified deadline as noted. Applicants are encouraged to confirm receipt of their materials by contacting the Office of Admissions Processing, 940-898-3076 and the Department of Psychology & Philosophy at email@example.com or 940-898-2306.
- A bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology or a related field; however, it is not a requirement that the degree be in psychology. Applicants with advanced degrees (e.g. a master’s in psychology or a related field, or with a specialist degree in school psychology) will also be considered. However, an advanced degree is not required for application to the school psychology doctoral program.
- At least 18 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in psychology, including:
- Introduction to Psychology/General Psychology
- Developmental Psychology/Lifespan
- Experimental Psychology/Research Design/Research Methods
- Cognitive Psychology/Psychology of Learning
- Physiological Psychology/Behavior Neuroscience
- Applicants without the required undergraduate coursework, if accepted into the program, would be required to complete the coursework prior to beginning their graduate work.
- A 3.0 overall GPA average for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work and/or a graduate GPA of 3.5.
- Preferred minimum Graduate Record Examination scores of 153(500) Verbal and 147(500) Quantitative. The subject (Psychology) GRE is not required.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
- Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-(PHD IN SCHOOL PHYSCHOLOGY). Please attach all items as PDFs.
- Cover Letter/Letter of Intent: indicate interest in applying to the program.
- School Psychology Program Application: download and complete the School Psychology Program Application Form.
- Vita/Resume: highlight relevant training, work experience, and volunteer experiences.
- Essay/Goals Statement: (500 words or less) describe professional aspirations in the field of school psychology as well as relevant autobiographical information.
- Three academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to email@example.com. Recommenders should include student name and "Ph.D. in School Psychology" in the subject line.
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The PhD in School Psychology prepares graduates to meet the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) training requirements for both the Licensed Psychologist (LP) and the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) licenses, as set forth in TSBEP Board rule 463.10 (LP) and Board rule 463.9 (LSSP). Graduates must also pass the required exams (for LP - the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology; for LSSP - the National School Psychology Examination; and for both licenses the Jurisprudence Examination), and complete the requisite LP/LSSP application(s). If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills licensure training requirements in your home state.
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