|Program Director:||Dr. James Rust
Jones Hall 207
|Graduate Analyst:||Anita Hermes
According to the National Association of School Psychologists and the Tennessee Association of School Psychologists, a school psychologist is an expert in psychology and education who serves children in the school setting. It is the goal of the school psychologist to promote quality education for all children, to be a child advocate, and to promote mental health in the school setting. School psychologists provide a wide range of services to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community. They may participate in any combination of activities in accordance with their professional training, capabilities, and experience.
The Tennessee Association of School Psychologists states that school psychology services include:
The school psychology program at MTSU is field based because students work in schools every semester. The program follows a cognitive behavioral theoretical orientation.
The program consists of a 45-hour Master of Arts and a 30-hour Specialist in Education (Ed.S.). State Board of Education licensure and national certification are available. The advanced Ed.S. degree is only available to students who have master's degrees in school psychology. Students from other master's programs in psychology or counseling may be admitted, but they will be required to complete deficiencies. Students are required to be enrolled in at least one field-based course every semester until the completion of the program (excluding summers). Tennessee teacher licensing in school psychology is obtained through MTSU's program. In addition to completing the M.A. and Ed.S. coursework, candidates for licensing must have 1,200 hours of internship, acceptable scores on the school psychology PRAXIS test, and verification of readiness for independent practice by their internship supervisor.
To be admitted to the Specialist of Education in Psychology, School Psychology program, a student must submit the following 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 Materials to:
College of Graduate Studies
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