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

Approval for admission to the Graduate School is required of all graduate students.

Graduate School admission does not imply admission to candidacy for an advanced degree. Candidacy will be granted only after a period of successful graduate work and after compliance with the conditions and course of study established by the University and its departments, schools, and colleges have been met.

The total enrollment of graduate students is limited. All applications to the Graduate School are subject to whatever provisions may limit the enrollment of graduate students. Admission is granted for not more than one academic year. Students who do not attend the University for four or more terms, including the term of admission, must reapply. Graduate students who have been enrolled, may stop out for a maximum of two years including the last semester of enrollment. If another institution is attended during the two year timeframe, the student must reapply.

Graduate students are subject to the general rules and regulations of the University and are expected to maintain the high standard of social and academic life of the University as well as the professional standards of their chosen field of study. Thus, graduate students are subject to all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook, the Graduate Catalog, and the policy statements of the Graduate School and the academic components. All graduate students of Texas Woman’s University are expected to know and adhere to high standards of personal conduct and of academic integrity and scholarship. Any falsification, misrepresentation, or misapplication of information or research; any violation of professional or ethical standards; or any violation of the rules and regulations of the University may result in dismissal.

*Admission to the Specialist in School Psychology

Program Contact

Kathy DeOrnellas

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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