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The Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) Program is modeled after the National Association of School Psychologist's entry-level training standards for the practice of school psychology. Graduates of the SSP Program work in the public schools. In Texas, graduates of the SSP Program are able to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential from NASP and become licensed as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP). The LSSP is a license for practice in the public schools only and does not extend to private practice.

Graduate students in the Doctoral School Psychology Program take many of the same classes as the SSP students in the first 60 hours of their program. However, the doctoral program is a little over 100 semester credit hours. One of the main differences between the SSP and Ph.D. School Psychology Programs is the increased emphasis on research and added areas of specialization within the doctoral program. Doctoral students take an advanced statistics class in preparation for their doctoral dissertation. Doctoral students also take advanced classes in counseling, consultation, advanced therapeutic interventions, and additional practicum experiences. Many students come to TWU for their doctoral studies to specialize in school neuropsychology. The school neuropsychology specialization is composed on 14 credit hours across five classes: Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques I (4 credit hours), Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques II (4 credit hours), Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders (3 credit hours), and Neuropsychology Supervised Practicum (3 credit hours). TWU's Doctoral School Psychology Program is unique in offering this concentrated area of study in school neuropsychology.

Graduates of the Doctoral School Psychology Program are also eligible to apply for the NCSP and LSSP. In addition, graduates of the doctoral program are eligible to apply for licensure as a psychologist from the TSBEP. Once licensed as a psychologist, career options open up beyond the boundaries of the public schools. Licensed psychologists can work in private practice or work for agencies such as hospitals, mental health facilities, etc.

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