School Psychology

SSP-School Psychology   (SSP-SCPY)

The School Psychology program at Texas A&M University-Commerce prepares students for attainment of a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) degree. The current specialist degree program is consistent with the requirements published by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). Upon completion of the 66 hour degree program, graduates are eligible for licensure in the state of Texas as a LSSP and certification at the national level as a NCSP. The 66 hour degree program includes 6 hours of practicum and 6 hours of internship. The remaining 54 academic course hours are in the content areas of psychological foundations, research and statistics, educational foundations, assessment, intervention, and professional and legal issues.

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Required Documents for Admission

Admission Requirements for All Students

  • Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume(Vita)
  • Statement of Goals

  • Interview
  • Official GRE Scores

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or
    • Successful completion of the A&M-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI) program

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

The Specialist in School Psychology has admission consideration for only one cohort per year.  The cohort starts in the Fall semester.

FALL semester

  • Priority admission consideration deadline:  February 15
  • The application and all required admission documents must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 1st Friday of March
  • Final admission consideration deadline: June 1       
  • The application and all required admission documents must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 3rd Friday of June

Statement of Goals Requirements: 

Submit responses for Statement of Goals questions.  Each applicant is required to submit an answer to each of the following questions in 500 words or less.

  • Provide an autobiographical statement.
  • Describe your training and experience in working with diverse populations.  Your discussion should describe the way in which diversity issues influence your interactions in the world.
  • Describe your research experience and interest.
  • Describe how you envision the program meeting your training goals and interest.
  • Describe your professional goals and aspirations for the future.