School Psychology

The University of Alabama's School Psychology program is designed to provide exemplary graduate training in research and in the application of practice to learning, human development, and the mental health of children and youth. The School Psychology Program admits candidates to the distance-learning ​master’s (MA), on-campus OR distance-learning educational specialist (EdS), and on-campus only PhD graduate degree programs. The degree programs prepare students for direct school-based practice and, for PhD students, for careers as faculty members, researchers, and practitioners. These programs focus on the provision of school psychology services based on a strong foundation of research related to learners and learning processes, and inclusive of an integrated and sequential program of study with comprehensive coursework and supervised field experiences. Candidates participate in courses and seminars in assessment and data collection; interventions and decision making; prevention and consultation; professional school psychology; sociocultural foundations; psychological foundations; human development; educational foundations; statistics and research; and other areas. Candidates are required to participate in extensive practicum, internship, and research experiences.

Two options are available for the EdS degree: On-campus option and distance learning option:

The traditional, on-campus EdS and PhD degrees in the School Psychology Program hold full approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and national recognition by CAEP.

The distance learning option blends online classes with intensive campus weekends and is offered through the College of Continuing Studies. The distance learning program does NOT hold NASP approval. Currently, only applicants who hold master's level, professional educator certification in psychometry, special education, or school psychology from a state department of education will be considered for the hybrid program.

Admission Requirements

A statement of purpose, vita/resume and letters of recommendation consistent with goals of the program, GRE score of 300 or above and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are needed for regular admission.

Applicants to the on-campus program are encouraged to complete their applications by December 15 for admission the following fall semester. Note that a prior graduate degree or educator certification is NOT required for admission to our on-campus EdS or PhD degree programs.

Applicants to the distance learning program are encouraged to complete their applications by April 1. A statement of purpose, vita/resume and letters of recommendation consistent with goals of the program, GRE score of 300 or above and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are needed for regular admission.

Applicants may also be considered for admission in some circumstances if they meet either the GPA requirement OR the GRE score requirement, but not both. In addition, distance learning applicants must meet admission requirements established by the Alabama State Department of Education:

  1. valid master's level certification in school psychometry, school psychology, or special education
  2. two years of acceptable educational experience,
  3. fingerprinting/background clearance

Degree Requirements (On-Campus Program)

Code and Title Hours
Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability:
BSP 521Cog Acad Assess3
BSP 522Soc-Behavioral Assessment3
Consultation, Intervention, and Prevention:
BSP 632Behavior Interventions3
BSP 633Acad Interv Decision Making3
BSP 638Consultation and Supervision3
BCE 512Counseling Theory Proc3
Psychological and Diversity Factors:
BEP 541Learning and Cognition3
BEP 565Personality & Social Dev3
BSP 601Appl Pediatric Neurpsych3
BSP 660Psychopathology3
Instructional and Schools/Systems Factors:
SPE 500Intro Exc Childr/Youth3
BEF 534Multicultural Education3
Research and Program Evaluation:
BER 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 558Psychometric Theory3
BER 640Quantitative II3
BER 647Exp Res Design: Single Case3
School Psychology Practice and Development:
BSP 501Prof Issues/ Ethics Sch Psych3
BSP 580Sch Based Pract Assessment3
BSP 683Adv Sch Based Pract3
Specialist Internship in School Psychology (BSP 687)12
Total Hours69

Degree Requirements (Distance Learning Program)

This course listing applies to those who begin this program June 1, 2017. Candidates earning graduate credit prior to this date may elect to utilize this program. Candidates must present a GPA of at least 3.50 on all courses in the program, with no grade below a C.

The Graduate Catalog is published annually. State-approved program checklists may be updated more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to date information about requirements. Students should consult their advisors each semester before registering.

Code and Title Hours
Foundations of Professional Studies:
BSP 601Appl Pediatric Neurpsych3
BEP 565Personality & Social Dev (or program-approved educational psychology substitute)3
BCE 611Multicult. Approach Counseling3
Educational Research:
BER 600Quant Research Methods3
Interventions/Problem-Solving:
BSP 625Behavioral Consult-Interv3
BSP 635Academic Consult-Intv3
BCE 652Couns Stratg Adult-Child3
BSP 686Consult Interv Practicum3
Internship: (minimum of 1200 hours)
Specialist Internship in School Psychology (BSP 687) or Doctoral Internship in School Psychology (BSP 688)12
Additional Requirements: (The following courses or their equivalents must be taken if not fulfilled in a previous graduate program.)0-33
Intro Exc Childr/Youth (If a special education survey course was part of the undergraduate program or another graduate program, then another program-approved special education elective graduate course is required.)
Multicultural Education
Learning and Cognition (or program-approved educational psychology substitute)
Statistical Methods In Educ
Psychometric Theory
Intro School Psychology
Counseling Theory Proc
Cog Acad Assmnt Decsn Makng
Social Behav Assmnt Decisn Mak
Intern School Psychomtry (or BSP 586)
Intro to Literacy Education (or approved curriculum/instruction substitute)
Total Hours36-69

Certification

Requirements for certification and licensure in school psychology vary from state to state. Students are expected to determine the requirements in the state or states in which they are interested in practicing before beginning the program. The degrees from the School Psychology program may lead to state and national credentials:

  • Graduates of the NASP-approved (main campus) program, who obtain the EdS and PhD degrees in School Psychology, are eligible for the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP), following successful completion of the national school psychologist Praxis assessment and internship. The NCSP is used by over 30 states, including Alabama, as one possible route to grant state certification in school psychology.
  • EdS and PhD degree graduates of the School Psychology program who obtain the NCSP may meet requirements for the Alabama Class AA certificate in School Psychology using the Nationally Certified School Psychologist Approach described at http://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/Pages/nationalschoolpsychologist-all.aspx?navtext=Other%20Approaches:%20National%20School%20Psychologist.
  • Graduates of the distance learning program who obtain the EdS in Educational Psychology-School Psychology may be eligible for Alabama Class AA certification in School Psychology if the following prerequisites are met:
    1. a passing score on the appropriate Praxis assessment, and
    2. a minimum GPA of 3.50 on all program courses (effective for candidates unconditionally admitted to a Class AA School Psychology program July 1, 2017, and thereafter.)

Requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Master’s, Professional Certification, EdS, Doctoral) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog.  For specific program requirements visit the College of Education Programs web site or for a student handbook and additional information, email or call: Chairperson, School Psychology, The University of Alabama, College of Education, Box 870231, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231; phone (205) 348-7575; fax (205) 348-0683; program office, 306 Carmichael Hall.