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Program Description

The Department of Behavioral Sciences 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 (4 classes per semester) or part-time (one or two classes per semester) basis.

 

Program Requirements

Required Courses

  • Students who choose this program will follow a strict course schedule. Each semester will consist of 12 credit hours (4 classes) for the first two years. 
  • After the first two years, students will take comprehensive exams and Praxis 2. 
  • The third year is internship

Comprehensive Exams

  • These consist of both oral and written exams and can contain questions related to material from any of the core courses

 

Goal of the Program

To prepare students for the work and job responsibilities as a school psychologist, in which they will 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.

To gain Licensure for Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

Students who want to help kids -- this is the way to do it!

 

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:

West Texas A&M University is a diverse and inclusive student-centered community of learners that:

  • Provides a technology-rich, academically rigorous educational experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Cultivates opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, information literacy, and ethical behavior;
  • Directs resources in support of empowering co-curricular experiences;
  • Maintains focus on the development of future leaders for our community, the state, the nation, and the world; and
  • Serves through education, research, and consultation as a catalyst for economic development and enhancement of the quality of life for the region.
WT School Psych Handbook
For detailed information about all aspects of our program, see our student handbook.
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