School Psychology - Graduate

Program Overview – Accolades

The purpose of the 69-hour School Psychology Master of Arts degree program is to prepare school psychologists to work with children, adolescents, and families from diverse socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The degree program includes a year-long supervised internship. The UTRGV School Psychology program is in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model of training, which emphasizes school psychologists to use empirical research in practice. The program training includes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum, and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and school system.

School Psychologist help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environment that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. In the state of Texas, the license that is required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) to provide school psychological services in Texas public schools is Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP).

Why a master’s in School Psychology?

Below are just a few accolades:

  • Dr. Carlson is the UTPA Miguel A. Nevarez Endowed Chair, UTPA College of Education Distinguished Research Award December 2013.
  • The UTRGV School Psychology Program is the only program of its kind south of San Antonio.

Time to Degree: Varies on whether you are going full time or part time.

Total Credit Hours: 69 hours to completion.


The scope of research within the School Psychology program is broad and exciting. Faculty and graduate students work together on research that has a local and national impact. As the University, your graduate school experience will be enhanced by these research opportunities that also advance UTRGV mission of creating, preserving and transmitting knowledge that moves the region, state and nation forward. Visit our faculty listing for their contact information and primary research interest.

Jobs or Career Fields

Graduates of the Masters of Education in School Psychology program currently work as:

Licensed Specialists in School Psychology

Or they go on to pursue a doctorate degree in School Psychology

School Psychology (M.Ed.)


Additional information about school psychology can be obtained on the Texas Association of School Psychologists Website ( and the National Association of School Psychology website ( Information on licensing can be obtained on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists website ( 

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