Master of Science in Psychology
The Psychology Department at Our Lady of the Lake University offers a 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.
School Psychologists typically work in public or private schools, but may also be employed in universities; school-based health or mental health centers; community-based, day-treatment or residential clinics and hospitals; juvenile justice centers or private practice.
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.
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Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.