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Program Description

The Department of Psychology, Sociology, & Social Work at West Texas A&M University offers a graduate degree program at the Specialist level that provides training in school psychology. The program is designed to meet both the requirement for state licensure* (L.S.S.P.) and national certification (N.C.S.P.). Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment as school psychologists in public schools or other related organizations and agencies.

​The program is designed to be accessible to working students and all classes will be offered on nights and/or weekends. Some classes will also contain web-based components of training. Students may opt to complete the program on either a full-time (three or four classes per semester) basis, with the degree completed in 3-4 years, or part-time (one or two classes per semester) basis, with the degree completed in 5-6 years.

If you want to help kids and families, this is the way to do it!

 

Program Requirements

Required Courses (66 hours)

  • Students will follow a strict course schedule and are able to take internship (6 hours) upon completion of 60 hours of coursework
  • Comprehensive Exams and the Praxis II School Psychologist professional licensure exam will be required after completion of coursework

Final Exams

  • These consist of both oral and written components, including development of an Electronic Portfolio

  • Catalog

*Note - Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state.  If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.  The specialist degree in school psychology at WTAMU may or may not meet requirements for licensure or certification in other states.  Here is a resource from the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) that may help you get started on this process:

NASP Credentialing

Program Philosophy

The program training philosophy is based on the school psychologist as a producer, consumer, and translator of psychological and educational research.  The school psychologist has strong skills in experimental design, statistics, and program evaluation which provide the foundation for basic and applied research.  In addition, this foundation provides the basis for the data-based problem solving skills of the practicing school psychologist who makes use of the latest educational and psychological research in designing individualized and empirically validated interventions to meet the academic, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth.  This philosophy is consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of graduate training, wherein students become both competent researchers and also effective problem-solvers who can skillfully apply this relevant research.  George Miller, in his 1969 APA presidential address, told “psychologists to ‘give psychology away’ by sharing its findings with the general public in ways they could apply to their daily lives (Fowler, 1999).”  The school psychologist meets this challenge daily through the use of consultation in which the results of the latest scientific research are shared with parents, teachers, administrators, and others to assist in helping to meet the needs of children and youth.

Quote from the APA Monitor at:
http://www.apa.org/divisions/div50/about_president.html

 

Program Mission 

The mission of the School Psychology Program at West Texas A&M University is to help children and youth of the Panhandle and beyond to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally through preparation of well-trained professional school psychologists to work within the public schools.

The Program is also committed to the larger University's mission:

The mission of West Texas A&M University is to provide intellectually challenging, critically reflective, regionally-responsive, and inclusive academic programs that discover, interpret, apply, and disseminate knowledge for preparing the next generation of global citizens.

 

Professional Organization Links

WT School Psych Handbook
For detailed information about all aspects of our program, see our student handbook.
Graduate Admissions