The Master of Science in Psychology with a School Psychology concentration that prepares practitioners to provide a variety of services including assessment, counseling, crisis management and intervention to children and adolescents. School Psychologists work with students, families, administrators, and community providers to create safe, supportive learning environments. School Psychologists focus on using the most effective strategies to support individual student needs.
- School Psychologists work with students through counseling, assessing barriers to learning and determining appropriate instructional strategies.
- School Psychologists work with students and their families to identify issues that may affect academic performance, assist in determining eligibility for special programs, teach parenting skills and enhance home-school collaboration
- School Psychologists work with teachers to design and implement progress monitoring systems, academic and behavioral interventions, support individualized instruction, and create positive classroom environments and motivate students to engage in learning
- School Psychologists work with administrators to collect and analyze data in reference to school improvement, implement school wide intervention and mental health programs and promote school policies and practices that ensure safety of all students.
- School Psychologists work with community providers to coordinate service delivery in and outside of school.
The Texas credential that permits the practice of school psychology is called Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). This license is required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) to provide school psychological services in Texas public schools. The requirements for the LSSP credential include completion of a graduate degree in school psychology or closely related field, a passing score on the national exam for school psychology and eligibility for certification as a National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) or educational equivalent. In Texas, the title of School Psychologist is limited to those licensed psychologists with a doctorate in school psychology.
The program at OLLU meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) or Psychological Associate (LPA) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. With a few additional courses and practicum hours, students also meet requirements for licensure as a Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC). OLLU also offers an Assessment Specialty in Autism Assessment Certificate and a Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations Certificate, which includes instruction in bilingual assessment.
Students are urged to become Student Members of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP). Applications are available online at www.nasponline.org and www.txasp.org.
Degree plan and course descriptions
Students in the School Psychology program take a part-time practicum for one semester and a full-time internship for two semesters, which consist of site-based field training in and educational setting or a child service center. Students participate in various professional activities assigned to school psychology practitioners under the direction and supervision of qualified, on-site licensed professionals.The activities focus on skill application and students work directly with children, adolescents, parents and school personnel. Placements are arranged and coordinated by school psychology faculty to provide experiences that meet state practicum and internship requirements.
Students in the Psychology program benefit from the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Competency and Dissemination project, a collaborative project between the Psychology and Social Work programs at OLLU. SBIRT serves as an early intervention for individuals struggling with substance abuse and those at risk of developing substance abuse disorders. SBIRT curricula is integrated into programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Read more about the SBIRT program at OLLU.