Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

School Psychology, Specialist in Education (147)

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Program Coordinator

Sarah E. Bonis,, (270) 745-4414

School psychologists are members of teams that strive to enhance students’ ability to learn in public school systems.  The program uses knowledge and skills from the fields of psychology and education to provide specialized preparation to engage in a variety of roles related to special education services, data collection and analysis, consultation, crisis preparedness and response, mental health services, and academic and behavioral interventions.  The program emphasizes the application of knowledge through supervised experiences in the psychology department’s clinic and through practicum and internship placements in the public schools.  After the required coursework, a 1200-hour (minimum) internship must be completed.

Program Admission

Applicants should have at least 12 semester hours of coursework in Psychology and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants should send three letters of recommendation, the psychology department application form and the graduate application form to the Graduate School.

Beyond these stated minimum requirements, selection is competitive. A criminal background check, TB test, and physical exam will be required of successful applicants during the first semester of graduate study at the applicant’s expense.

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (66 hours)

Required Courses
PSY 509Foundations of School Psychology3
PSY 510Advanced Educational Psychology3
PSY 511Psychology of Learning3
PSY 514Program Evaluation and Research Methods3
PSY 519Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior3
PSY 540Behavior Problems of Childhood and Adolescence3
PSY 541Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology3
PSY 545Clinical Child Psychology: Theory and Practice3
PSY 560Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues3
PSY 561Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings3
PSY 562Practicum in Psychological Assessment3
PSY 592Psychology Internship6
PSY 625Seminar in School Psychology3
EDFN 501Educational Statistics3
or PSY 617 Reading and Understanding Statistics in Psychology
PSY 641Theories of Psychotherapy3
PSY 643Academic Assessment and Intervention3
PSY 645Consultation in Educational and Mental Health Settings: Theory and Practice3
PSY 662Practicum in Psychology6
PSY 699Specialist Project6
Total Hours66