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Students in the Trinity University School Psychology program enroll in a 60-semester hour program through the Department of Education to earn a Master of Arts in School Psychology degree. The program requires three years of full-time study. During the final year (the third year), a g-semester hour (1200 clock hours) school-based internship is required. 

Program Sequence

  • Students proceed through a pre-determined sequence of courses and field activities in a cohort of approximately 15 students.
  • Students enjoy small classes and individual attention from a dynamic and nationally recognized faculty.
  • A full-time internship in the third year provides students with opportunities for supervised work in assessment, counseling, consultation, and program evaluation.
  • The program provides foundations in best practices and research-based knowledge within the context of real world practice.
  • The San Antonio community provides an important setting for students' educational experiences. The graduate assistantship places the student in a educational setting from his/her first day in the program.

Upon completing the program, students are eligible for national certification by The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the largest national association that supports and guides the profession. Trinity's program meets certification and licensure requirements by states that have adopted NASP standards, including Texas.

Cohort Model

The Trinity School Psychology Program operates within a cohort model with students progressing through a sequence of courses as a group. the sequence begins with foundational knowledge and progresses to applied skill development. Each student group enters in the fall and graduates in three years. The third year is an internship which is a supervised practice experience. Because students remain with the same small class over the two years of course work, a sense of community and support is fostered that usually continues into students' professional lives after the completion of the program. 

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Trinity University School Psychology Program includes courses on assessment, human development, counseling, behavior management, consultation, research and statistics, and education administration. The sequential curriculum provides foundational knowledge that is then applied to skill acquisition and mastery in practicum and internship. 

Students take two courses specifically addressing research methods and design. As part of most courses, students are required to make presentations to their classmates, school communities, and professional staff on a variety of research topics.

Students also enroll in a practicum during the second year. This allows students to provide services to children and youth in a school setting under the direct supervision of an LSSP and University faculty. 

The third year of the program is a 1200-hour internship in a public school setting. Students apply for positions during their second year of the program. The internship is a 6-hour course and is coordinated with the internship supervisor. Although many interns remain in the San Antonio metropolitan area, internships may be completed in any location throughout the United States. While no guarantee can be made, most internships in Texas are paid positions. The supervised experience is designed to offer the intern opportunities to practice knowledge and skills in a progressively more independent manner. 

Immediately before or during the internship year, students must take the Praxis II examination in School Psychology administered by the Educational Testing Service. Upon graduation, students submit an application for the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) granted by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Upon approval of the application, graduates become a LSSP Trainee and must pass the state jurisprudence exam within one year. Upon passing the jurisprudence exam, graduates become Licensed Specialists in School Psychology.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential and the licensed Psychological Associate License. For more information regarding psychology licensure in Texas, visit www.tsbep.texas.gov.

First Year

Fall

EPSY 5381 Human Development & Learning
EPSY 5382 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive & Academic I
EPSY 5380 Biosocial Basis of Behavior & Emotion
EPSY 6384 School Psychology Practice

Spring

EPSY 5379 Psychological Assessment: Cognitive & Academic II
EPSY 5386 Psychological Assessment: Emotion & Personality
EPSY 5187 Emotional/Personality Assessment Lab
EPSY 5384 Behavior Management & Special Education
EPSY 5385 Research Methods I: Advanced Statistics

Summer

EPSY 6390 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology
EPSY 5388 Neuropsychological Assessment & remediation

Second Year

Fall

ELED 5390 Educational Leadership
EPSY 6380 Consultation Theory and Methods
EPSY 6388 Legal and Ethical Issues in the Practice of School Psychology
EPSY 6381 Research Methods II: Design and Application

Spring

EPSY 6385 Developmental Assessment: Infants & Young Children
EPSY 6185 Developmental Assessment Lab
EPSY 6386 Supervised Practicum: School Psych
EPSY 6183 Counseling Lab
EPSY 5389 Counseling Theory and Methods

Third Year (Internship) 

6 semester hours 

Fall

EPSY 7380 School Psychology Internship: Part I 600 clock hours

Spring

EPSY 7381 School Psychology Internship: Part II 600 clock hours