School Psychology

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The School Psychology Program at Middle Tennessee State University is field-based. The purpose of the program is to educate EdS-level school psychologists for licensure by the Tennessee Board of Education. Graduates also are eligible to apply for designation as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. The program requires a research-based thesis. The MA portion of the School Psychology program at MTSU prepares students for the EdS portion. Licensure requires the EdS, but applicants must have the MA as a prerequisite to the EdS

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: A School Psychologist

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: School psychologists work with students in early childhood and elementary and secondary schools. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and school personnel to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists address students' learning and behavioral problems, suggest improvements to classroom management strategies or parenting techniques, and evaluate students with disabilities and gifted and talented students to help determine the best way to educate them. They improve teaching, learning, and socialization strategies based on their understanding of the psychology of learning environments. They also may evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, prevention programs, behavior management procedures, and other services provided in the school setting.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Master of Arts degree; 45 semester hours plus thesis. Specialist in Education degree; 30 semester hours (post M.A.) plus written comprehensive exam

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

CONTACT: James O. Rust, Box 533 MTSU, 615-898-2319

MTSU School Psychology Website