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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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.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Specialist in School Psychology

Program Contact

Kathy DeOrnellas
940-898-2315
KDeOrnellas@twu.edu

Application Deadlines

Fall admission only - January 5th

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 psychology@twu.edu or 940-898-2306.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology or a related field.
  • At least 18 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in psychology, including:
    • Introduction to Psychology/General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology/Lifespan
    • Statistics
    • Experimental Psychology/Research Design/Research Methods
    • Cognitive Psychology/Psychology of Learning
    • Physiological Psychology/Behavioral 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 GPA of 3.0 overall or higher in the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate coursework of their major program.
  • Preferred minimum Graduate Record Examination scores of 153(500) Verbal, 144(500) Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing. The subject (Psychology) GRE is not required.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU.
  3. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to psychology@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR LAST NAME)-(YOUR FIRST NAME)-(SSP). Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • School Psychology Program Application: Complete, and submit a PDF of the School Psychology Program Application form.
    • Résumé or vita.
    • Essay: (500 words or less) describing applicant’s professional aspirations in the field of school psychology as well as relevant autobiographical information.
  4. Three academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead to psychology@twu.edu. Recommenders should include student name and "SSP" in the subject line.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the graduate counseling psychology admissions criteria and application process.

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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