Dec 11, 2023
James O. Rust, Coordinator
The Department of Psychology offers programs which lead to two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts with a major in Psychology and concentrations in Clinical, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational, Quantitative Psychology, and Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology and the Specialist in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and concentration in School Psychology. The department also offers a minor at the graduate level.
The School Psychology program includes two degrees. Program completion and endorsement for a State Department of Education license require successful completion of both degrees. The M.A. portion of the program comes first. The Ed.S. is an advanced degree. It is only available to students who have master’s degrees in School Psychology. Respecializing students from other master’s programs in Psychology or Counseling may apply, but they will be required to complete deficiencies.
The School Psychology program is field-based. As such, a student is required to be continuously enrolled in at least one field-based course every semester from the completion of PSY 6140 until the completion of the program. PSY 6960 , PSY 6980 , PSY 7080 , and PSY 7810 are field-based courses. The policy excludes summer sessions.
Tennessee teacher licensing in school psychology is obtained through MTSU’s program. Licensing requires (1) completion of the Ed.S. with a concentration in School Psychology, (2) 1,200 hours of internship in school psychology, (3) acceptable scores on the school psychology Praxis II Test, and (4) verification of readiness for independent practice by an internship supervisor. The School Psychology PRAXIS II test assesses the following areas: a) diagnosis and fact finding; b) prevention and intervention; c) applied psychological foundations; and d) ethics and legal considerations.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Specialist in Education degree with a concentration in School Psychology requires
- an earned master’s degree in psychology, educational psychology, or school counseling from an accredited university or college. Normally, candidates should have completed all courses listed under the M.A. program for the Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology concentration;
- an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken;
- a minimum score of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the combined verbal and quantitative measures of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application Deadlines: Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1, and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the GRE–a minimum of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections is expected;
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit the supplemental School Psychology program application (found online at www.mtsu.edu/schoolpsychology);
- submit three (3) reference forms (found online at www.mtsu.edu/schoolpsychology). It is recommended that at least two references should be completed by faculty who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities;
- submit a current curriculum vita that includes education and employment history, research involvement, volunteer activities, references, and awards/scholarships;
- submit a statement of purpose, including reasons for interest in the field of school psychology and the program at MTSU and a description of professional goals. (Typically two to three [2-3] pages in length.)
NOTE: Admission to graduate study is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements. Students are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. Each year the number of students admitted to the program depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.
- be able to meet the demands required for professional work in psychology. Therefore, students may be subject to dismissal from the Psychology Department if they (a) commit a serious breach of ethics or gross professional negligence or (b) present evidence of impaired psychological functioning that would present a danger to themselves or others in a professional role. Students who are dismissed may reapply and will be considered for readmission on a competitive basis. Students who reapply may be asked to provide evidence of improved ability to meet performance requirements. See each area coordinator and program handbook for readmission policy.
- complete a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours (see Curriculum section below for specifics) with a minimum of 15 hours at the 7000 level.
- satisfy a residency requirement consisting of
- the completion of 18 semester hours of graduate study within a 12-month period and
- full-time enrollment (at least 9 semester hours) for a least one semester.
- complete FOED 6610 /FOED 7610 (for those who did not have a thesis listed on their transcripts as part of their master’s degree).
- complete courses in the following areas (based on National Association of School Psychologists standards):
- 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.
- complete PSY 7810 , an internship of 1,200 hours as a capstone experience.
- pass a written comprehensive examination approved by the faculty (may be taken no more than twice).
- maintain professional liability insurance (coverage amount at the student’s discretion) throughout enrollment in the program, with a current insurance binder filed with the department at all times.
Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction, School Psychology
Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:
Required Courses (21 hours)
Guided Electives (9 hours)
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 credit hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.