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Master of Arts in School Psychology

 

 

Role of the School Psychologist:

School Psychologists work with children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of academic, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Common roles and functions of the School Psychologist include psychological assessment, counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, research, and program evaluation. School Psychologists work with students, their families, and school staff in order to help students be as successful as possible in school.

 

Job Demand for School Psychologists:

School Psychology has been identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as a specialization that is likely to have faster than average employment growth. In addition, Texas has been identified as a state that will encounter one of the most serious shortages of School Psychologists in the near future. Thus, the job prospects for School Psychologists are very favorable. Minority and bilingual school psychologists are especially needed given the increasing diversity of public schools.

 

The School Psychology Program at UTSA:

The School Psychology program at UTSA will be located in the Department of Educational Psychology, which is in the College of Education and Human Development. The program is designed to provide the academic and practical training necessary to become licensed as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Graduates also will be eligible to apply for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, which is a nationally-recognized professional certification granted by the National Association of School Psychologists. The program will include coursework and field-based experiences related to psychological assessment, intervention, development, psychopathology, research, statistics, and professional issues. Students will also complete a full-time internship in a school setting. Due to the clinical nature of this program and number of hours required, the degree will not have a Thesis option.

 

Learning Objectives of the Program:

Consistent with the Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, the School Psychology program at UTSA will address the following domains of competence:

  • Data-Based Decision-Making and Accountability

  • Consultation and Collaboration

  • Effective Instruction and Development of Cognitive/Academic Skills

  • Socialization and Development of Life Skills

  • Student Diversity in Development and Learning

  • School and Systems Organization, Policy Development, and Climate

  • Prevention, Crisis Intervention, and Mental Health

  • Home/School/Community Collaboration

  • Research and Program Evaluation

  • School Psychology Practice and Development

  • Information Technology


Program Curriculum:

The National Association of School Psychologists and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists both require master’s- and specialist-level programs in School Psychology to include at least 60 hours of coursework, including practica and internship. These entities also provide very specific courses and domains of competence that must be reflected in the curriculum. Our degree requirements and curriculum reflect these standards, which will facilitate the professional accreditation of the program and the licensure of our graduates. Our requirements also are consistent with those of other School Psychology programs within the state.

 

Required courses in the 66-hour program include:

 

EDP 6003       Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology
EDP 5033       Human Development across the Lifespan
EDP 6703       Clinical Neuropsychology
SPE 5403        Exceptional Children and Youth in the Schools
EDP 6243       Assessment of Intelligence and Achievement
EDP 6643       Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
EDP 5053       Psychosocial Contexts of Learning
SPE 5513       Curriculum and Instructional Applications for Children and Youth in Special Education
COU 5213      Counseling Theories
EDP 5003       Psychological Learning Theories
EDP 6103       Methods and Techniques of Inquiry I
EDP 6203       Methods and Techniques of Inquiry II
EDP 6323       Advanced Psychological Assessment
EDP 6263       Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
EDP 6233       Mental Health and Services in the Schools
EDP 5303       Principles and Techniques of Evaluation
EDP 6733       Multicultural Assessment and Intervention
EDP 6293       Consultation in the Schools
EDP 6833       Practicum in School Psychology
EDP 6943       Internship in School Psychology

 

 

Program Admission Requirements:

 

  • Graduate Studies Application

  • Official Transcripts indicating a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Sociology, or closely related field

  • GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework towards the undergraduate degree, as well as in all graduate coursework (if applicable)

  • GRE Test Scores (including the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing tests)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills

  • 500 Word Letter of Intent: A statement of purpose which outlines the applicant’s: (1) reasons for pursuing the master’s degree in School Psychology; (2) experiences relevant to the field of psychology or education; and (3) career plans.

 

 

To Apply: www.utsa.edu/graduate