Specialist Program

Why Study School Psychology at TWU?

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TWU’s specialist in school psychology program has received full approval (national recognition) by the National Association of School Psychologists through December 31, 2020.

School psychologists are a valued part of the transdisciplinary teams that help students succeed in school settings. In Texas, school psychologists are known as Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP). As an LSSP, you will coordinate with teachers, family members, school personnel, and other professionals to create optimal learning environments for children and adolescents. The TWU Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) degree provides specialized training in the cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral development of children and youth. Emphasis is placed on training students in the assessment of learning, behavioral, and emotional difficulties; consultation with teachers and parents; and intervention with academic, social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Our faculty is 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 SSP degree in school psychology.

The SSP program is modeled after the National Association of School Psychologist’s entry-level training standards for the practice of school psychology. Entry level practice as school psychologists requires a minimum 60 credit hour graduate degree. In Texas, graduates of the SSP Program are eligible to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential from NASP and become licensed as an LSSP by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The LSSP is a license for practice in the public schools only and does not extend to private practice.

For those who may be interested in working outside the schools, our LSSP program provides excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue doctoral training in school psychology.

Learn more about the differences between the specialist, master's and doctoral school psychology programs.

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Program Details

Career Outlook

The SSP in School Psychology prepares graduates to meet Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) training requirements for the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) license, as set forth in TSBEP Board rule 463.9. Graduates must also pass the required exams, the National School Psychology Examination and Jurisprudence Examination, and complete the requisite LSSP application. 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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Find information on how to apply for the Specialist in School Psychology program, including criteria for admission, deadlines, and details about our application process.


Please contact Kathy DeOrnellas, Ph.D., director of the specialist in school psychology program.
Office: CFO 811 | Phone: 940-898-2315 | Fax: 940-898-2301 | kdeornellas@twu.edu

Page last updated 4:21 PM, November 8, 2018