Become a School Psychologist and make a difference!

Become a School Psychologist with the University of Houston-Victoria’s Specialist in School Psychology program.

Application deadline: Feb. 15
Application fee: $25
Total credits: 63
Cost per credit: Tuition & Fees
GRE required: Yes

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 8-12 is National School Psychology Week. Join one of our upcoming virtual panel discussions to learn from UHV faculty what it means to become a School Psychologist and hear from current students about their journey through the program.

  • Monday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.

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What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists are employed in public schools by school districts. They provide and conduct assessment, counseling, crisis response, and intervention for students. They also provide consultation services for parents and school staff working with these students. They are familiar with evidence-based practices at the individual and school-wide levels. School psychologists assist in determining eligibility for special education services and provide support for students identified with emotional, social, intellectual, developmental and/or academic deficits.

For a comprehensive description of a school psychologist, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.

What are the career paths for a School Psychologist?

School psychologists are typically employed by school districts to provide assessment, counseling and consultation services for students of all ages (e.g. ages 3-21).

What does a typical day of a school psychologist look like?

Every day for a school psychologist is different. Often, school psychologists work at multiple campuses. They might be at a different school every couple of days. Often their days are full of meetings with staff and parents, pulling students for counseling and assessment, going into classrooms to observe students, and meeting with teachers and parents to provide consultation. However, school psychologists may also be involved in providing crisis response when the need arises.

What is NASP Accreditation?

Being a NASP-accredited graduate school psychology program means that the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) accreditation board has reviewed the program’s course sequence, course requirements and program, and conducted a site visit to ensure that students are receiving a training experience that meets the graduate standards specified by NASP. The UHV Specialist in School Psychology program has been granted full NASP accreditation through 2026.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

Time to complete the program varies by student depending on how many courses you take each semester. About 79 percent of our students who enroll full-time graduate within 3 years, and about 21 percent of students who enroll part-time graduate within 4 to 5 years.

Can I complete this graduate degree completely online?

No. Most of the classes are offered at our teaching site in Katy, but students often can attend via live feed from our campus in Victoria, and all classes are offered in the evenings. Courses are also offered online and in a hybrid format. All students will attend courses in all formats.

  • 52 percent of coursework is asynchronous online
  • 19 percent is traditional face to face in a classroom
  • 29 percent is hybrid/ITV

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What will be the degree listed on my diploma?

The graduate degree awarded is the S.S.P. (Specialist in School Psychology). This is currently UHV’s highest degree awarded. This is a step above a master’s degree and a step below a doctoral degree.

Will I receive a license after earning this degree?

After graduation, students pursue a passing score on the national exam for school psychology to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. In the last five years, 100 percent of students have passed their licensing exam on the first attempt.

What other licenses can I pursue?

After completion of the program, students can also pursue the National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP). Students also can pursue a doctoral degree to become a Licensed Psychologist (LP).