Aug 02, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Advanced Educational Practice: School Psychology, Ed.S.


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Dr. Pamela Guess, Director and Academic Unit Leader
(423) 425-4175 or e-mail at Pamela-Guess@utc.edu

The concentration in school psychology is designed to produce graduates who meet requirements for licensure in school psychology from the Tennessee Department of Education; are prepared to utilize commonly accepted “best practices” in their work as school psychologists; and are prepared to provide leadership in their field to schools and other organizations serving children and adolescents. For detailed information regarding the UTC School Psychology Program, please refer to the Program Handbook that can be found at: www.utc.edu/SchoolPsychology

Admission:

In addition to regular graduate admission requirements, students with bachelor’s degrees seeking admission to the concentration must:

  1. Submit transcripts of all undergraduate work.
  2. Submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores will be combined with undergraduate GPA to form an admissions index score. Students meeting or exceeding a minimum admissions index score of 1,000 will be considered for admission; however, it is noted that meeting admissions index criteria means the candidate will be considered but does not guarantee program admission.
  3. Show evidence of having completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology and/or education (with no grade below C) including 3 semester hours in general or introductory psychology, 3 semester hours in child/adolescent development, and 3 semester hours of abnormal psychology OR  3 semester hours of diverse learning characteristics.
  4. Submit 3 letters of reference from professors and/or community professionals familiar with their academic and/or professional work.
  5. Submit a personal statement describing his/her reasons for wishing to become a school psychologist.
  6. Complete an individual interview with Program faculty.
  7. Based on information from all application materials and procedures, faculty will make a recommendation either admit or deny admission to the Program.  Note that ALL application information is considered in making a recommendation to the Graduate Schools in addition to calculation of an admission index described above.

In addition to other graduate admissions requirements, students with master’s degrees or higher seeking admission to the concentration must:

  1. Submit transcripts of all graduate work. The Master’s degree must have been earned from a regionally accredited College or University.  Students with overall GPAs above 3.0 on all graduate work will be considered for admission.
  2. Show evidence of having completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology and/or education (with no grade below C) including 3 semester hours in general or introductory psychology, 3 semester hours in child/adolescent development, and 3 semester hours of abnormal psychology OR diverse learning characteristics.
  3. Submit 3 letters of reference from professors and/or community professionals familiar with their academic and/or professional work.

Degree Requirements:

Students entering the concentration with a bachelor’s degree and no graduate courses applicable to degree requirements must:

  • Complete the 66 semester hours listed under required courses with an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.
  • File a Program of Study during the first semester of graduate coursework listing all required core courses and any electives known at the time.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 18 semester hours during one calendar year. This requirement must be completed prior to enrollment in the first semester of internship (EPSY 6500). Any exception to this requirement must receive written approval from the primary program faculty.
  • Pass the comprehensive examination. The Praxis Exam in School Psychology will serve as the comprehensive examination and a student will be considered to have passed the exam when he/she achieves a score at least as high as that required by the Tennessee Department of Education for licensure in school psychology.
  • Consistently demonstrate professional fitness for the field (including legal and ethical behavior, appropriate judgment, and effectiveness in interpersonal relations). It should be noted that students entering the concentration with a bachelor’s degree and no graduate courses applicable to degree requirements will not be able to complete their programs within a three year period unless they begin taking courses during the fall semester, take at least 3 courses each fall and spring semester, and take some courses during the summer terms following initial enrollment.
  • File a Graduation Audit Form for the Ed.S degree during the internship year.  To receive a positive recommendation from the faculty to support application for graduation, a student must have no grade below B in required courses and be judged professionally fit for the field by the faculty.  Students who do not receive a positive recommendation will be reviewed for dismissal from the concentration, but will have the rights of appeal afforded by the UTC Graduate School.

Students entering the concentration with a master’s degree or higher must:

  • Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in program-approved courses, including EPSY 6350, EPSY 6400, and 12 semester hours of credit for internship (EPSY 6500 and 6550), with an overall graduate GPA of at least 3.0. Complete all required courses with a grade of B or better.
  • File a Program of Study during the first semester of graduate coursework listing all required core courses and any electives known at the time.
  • Register for and complete a minimum of 18 semester hours during one calendar year. This requirement must be completed prior to enrollment in the first semester of internship (EPSY 6500). Any exception to this requirement must receive written approval from the primary program faculty.
  • Pass the comprehensive examination. The Praxis Exam in School Psychology will serve as the comprehensive exam-nation and a student will be considered to have passed the exam when he/she achieves a score at least as high as that required by the Tennessee Department of Education for licensure in school psychology.
  • Consistently demonstrate professional fitness for the field including legal and ethical behavior, appropriate judgment, and effectiveness in interpersonal relations. It should be noted that all students, regardless of background, will be required to show evidence of graduate courses equivalent to all of the courses required by the concentration. Students entering with a master’s degree or higher will need to complete at least 36 semester hours and possibly as many as 66 semester hours to satisfy requirements for the concentration. Procedures for determining course requirements for students with prior graduate credit are described in the concentration’s Program Handbook for Faculty and Students. Contact Professor Guess for a copy of this Handbook.
  • File a Graduation Audit Form for the Ed.S degree during the internship year.  To receive a positive recommendation from the faculty to support application for graduation, a student must have no grade below B in required courses and be judged professionally fit for the field by the faculty.  Students who do not receive a positive recommendation will be reviewed for dismissal from the concentration, but will have the rights to appeal afforded by the UTC Graduate School.

 

Total: 66 hours


Additional Information and Notes


* Prior to or during the internship period, all students must take and pass a comprehensive examination. The Praxis Specialty Exam in School Psychology will serve as the comprehensive examination and a student will be considered to have passed the exam when he/she achieves a score at least as high as that required by the Tennessee Department of Education for licensure in school psychology. Students typically enroll in 6 hours of EPSY 6500 and an additional 6 hours of EPSY 6550.

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