School Psychology

The University of Alabama School Psychology Program is designed to provide exemplary graduate training in research and in the application of practice related to the learning, development, and mental health of children and youth, and their families. 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 degrees in school psychology prepare students for direct school-based practice and, for PhD students, for careers as faculty members, researchers, and practitioners. The degree programs in school psychology focus on the provision of school psychology services that are based on a strong foundation of research. The school psychology degree programs include 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.

The PhD program is an on-campus option only; there is no distance learning option. The PhD School Psychology Program holds full approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and national recognition by CAEP.

Admission Requirements

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

Degree Requirements

Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability:
BSP 522Soc-Behavioral Acad Assessment3
BSP 521Cognitive 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 541Foundations of Learning and Cognition3
BEP 565Personality & Social Dev3
BSP 601Appl Pediatric Neurpsych3
BSP 660Psychopathology3
PY 650Cognition And Learning3
PY 671History/Systems In Psych3
Instructional and Schools/Systems Factors:
SPE 500Intro Exc Childr/Youth3
BEF 534Multicultural Education3
Research and Program Evaluation:
BER 540Statistical Methods In Educ3
BER 558Intro To Psychometrics3
BER 640Quantitative II3
BER 645Advanced Experimental Design3
BER 647Exp Res Design: Single Case3
BSP 502Prof Sem/School Psychology3
BSP 698 or Non-Dissertatn Research3
BSP 689 Res Pract School Psych
Dissertation Research (BSP 699)24
School Psychology Practice and Development:
BSP 501Prof Issues/ Ethics Sch Psych3
BSP 673Research/Ethics Seminar3
BSP 580Sch Based Pract Assessment3
BSP 683Adv Sch Based Pract3
Advanced Doctoral Practicum (BSP 696)6-12
Doctoral Internship in School Psychology (BSP 688)15-18
Total Hours120-129


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

Requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Master’s, Professional Certification, EdS, Doctoral) are detailed in other sections of this catalog.  For specific program requirements visit the College of Education website or for a student handbook and additional information, email or call: Program Coordinator, 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.