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Specialist in School Psychology

 

Thank you for your interest in the school psychology program at LSU-Shreveport. I want to make certain that you get all of your questions answered, so I will first direct you to the program website. The SSP program is continuously being updated, so please refer to the LSUS catalog for our admission standards and program of study. To learn more about LSU Shreveport, please visit the enrollment guide.

Most information on the SSP website is specific to our program, so I encourage you to also visit NASP Online to learn more about school psychology from a national perspective, and LSPA Online to view what is going on in our own state.

For those of you who live outside of our region, please visit The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. I think you will find Shreveport-Bossier to be a culturally rich, moderate-sized metropolitan area that is perfect for young adults.

If you have any questions during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Dr. Kevin Jones, Director, Specialist in School Psychology Program

LSU Shreveport

kjones@lsus.edu or kevin.jones@lsus.edu

318-797-5043

Application Procedures

You must apply simultaneously to both graduate studies and the school psychology program. First, begin your application by applying to LSU-Shreveport's Office of Graduate Studies. The application and fee payment must be completed online here. Acceptance to LSUS Graduate Studies requires (a) immunization records, (b) submission of GRE scores, and (c) original transcripts from all universities attended that indicates a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50.

At any time following your application and fee payment, you may begin the process of applying to the Specialist in School Psychology program. Application to the program requires three additional steps: letters of reference, a vita/resume, and an interview.

  • Two (2) letters of reference: References may use our standard Request for Reference form that is attached below, or simply mail/email a letter in narrative form. 
  • A review of official combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of at least 288. The LSUS code for sending GRE scores is 6355.
  • A vita or resume: Include previous degrees, job and volunteer work, research experiences, and references. A review of your vita/resume and original transcripts must indicate that you have met curriculum prerequisites: a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from an accredited institution - or - proficient grades (B or higher) in four undergraduate psychology courses, including statistics.  
  • A letter of intent: A letter should express your career and professional goals.  A brief Guide for Writing Letter of Intent is provided below.
  • An interview: An interview with the director is conducted. You may contact the program director to schedule a face-to-face interview anytime during the application process.

Reference letters, vita, and letter of intent may be mailed to the program director or sent or as email attachment.

Admissions Procedures

Once your application documents are complete, and a personal interview has been conducted, the School Psychology Training Committee will review your credentials and forward to you a letter stating whether you have been accepted into the program.

DEADLINES:

March 31: The LSUS Specialist in School Psychology program deadline for Early Fall admission is March 31. The SSP program begins making admission decisions on April 15, which is the national deadline for graduate assistantship offers from graduate training programs in psychology. Although we accept and will consider applications after this deadline, admission decisions are made on a competitive basis and enrollment is limited.

June 30: Because most undergraduate applicants are still enrolled in coursework, the LSUS Office of Graduate Studies is much later. The deadline to receive immunization records, GRE scores, and original transcripts indicating a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.50 is June 30. If any documents are missing or standards are not met, the candidate is ineligible for graduate coursework - even if he or she met all SSP requirements and was offered admission to the program. Thus it is imperative that you retrieve original transcripts from previous institutions prior to the SSP deadline, and that you successfully complete your final semester(s) and your undergraduate degree program.

Once you accept an offer to enroll in the SSP program, and are accepted in LSUS Graduate Studies, you are officially ready to enroll and register for courses. To assist you in this first step, your name will be forwarded to the Graduate Program Coordinator of the LSUS College of Business, Education, and Human Development. The coordinator will register you for all fall courses, and send you an email providing important links to documents and resources that will assist your transition to LSU Shreveport.

Prior to your first semester, the LSUS School Psychology Graduate Student Organization will assign to you a second-year mentor. This mentor will be able to answer questions, help you find jobs or apartments, and provide support during your transition to graduate school.

Program of Study

Students in the LSUS SSP program take a full-time courseload during spring and fall (12 credit hours) and summer (6 credit hours) for two consecutive years. During spring and fall semesters, your schedule will include two afternoon courses and two evening courses. During summer, your schedule will include one June course and one hybrid/online June-July course. For planning purposes, you will typically have a 4-week break during winter, a 3-week break during May, and a 6-week break during July-August that includes online requirements for one summer course.

During your first year, SSP coursework will build competencies in two general areas - assessment and intervention. Much of the stress during year one is due to practice testing - you will need 15-20 volunteer children to complete all assignments. During your second (practicum) year, course assignments are more "real world," and you will be expected to spend 2-4 hours per week in our afterschool clinic and 8-10 hours per week in the schools. The second year is a serious time management challenge.

Your third year in the program is internship. Most students elect to do internship as a first-year school psychologist in a school district, drawing full salary (median = $51,000) and benefits while working full-time and satisfying internship course requirements. Although it pays well, the drawback of a salaried position is that you may have a limited role, depending on the position opening and the school district.  A minority of students apply to a "school psychology internship" - positions that pay a smaller stipend (e.g., $25, 000) but ensure a more comprehensive training experience. It is important to discuss your plans with the internship director (Dr. Katherine Wickstrom) as early as possible during your course of study.

After successful completion of all internship requirements you will be certified to practice in schools by the Louisiana Department of Education, and have full eligibility for national certification (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) and licensure for independent practice in educational settings (Licensed Specialist in School Psychology).

Thank you for applying to the Specialist in School Psychology Program at LSU Shreveport!

MODEL PROGRAM OF STUDY
The model curriculum for fall entry, full-time enrollment is listed by year and term of study below.

Year One
Fall
PSYC 710 Introduction to School Psychology 3 hrs.
PSYC 716 Intermediate Statistics 3 hrs.
PSYC 755 Applied Behavior Analysis 3 hrs.
PSYC 716 Alternative Assessment Techniques and Interventions 3 hrs.
Spring
PSYC 609 Psychology of Exceptionality 3 hrs.
PSYC 718 Introduction to Methodology and Research Design 3 hrs.
PSYC 723 Counseling Methods & Techniques 3 hrs.
PSYC 751 Psychological Assessment I 3 hrs.
Summer
PSYC 706 Principles and Theories of Learning 3 hrs.
PSYC 752 Psychological Assessment II 3 hrs.
Year Two
Fall
PSYC 711 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3 hrs.
PSYC 732 Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling 3 hrs.
PSYC 753 Psychological Assessment Practicum I 3 hrs.
PSYC 760 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention 3 hrs.
Spring
PSYC 695 Behavioral Pediatrics 3 hrs.
PSYC 719 Physiological Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience 3 hrs.
PSYC 754 Psychological Assessment Practicum II 3 hrs.
PSYC 780 Consultation in Human Development Settings 3 hrs.
Summer
PSYC 691 Applied Field Experience 3 hrs.
PSYC 748 Ethics and Law for School Psychologists 3 hrs.
Year Three
Fall
PSYC 788 Internship in School Psychology I 3 hrs.
Spring
PSYC 789 Internship in School Psychology II 3 hrs.
Total 72 hrs.

Guide for Writing Letters of Intent

LSU Shreveport SSP Program

A letter of intent is an essay, usually 1 to 3 pages, that provides a narrative to accompany all other elements of the applicant’s application, such as GRE scores, GPA, and vita/resume. This narrative is an opportunity to expand on your current professional interests and your primary motivation for entering the field of school psychology (rather than counseling or clinical psychology) and, more specifically, the LSU-Shreveport program. You may also include those personal or professional qualities that might distinguish you from other applicants.

Due to the restricted number of students who are admitted, it is very important that all candidates have the best opportunity for success. The program requires the equivalent of three years of study, so it is critical that there is a “good match” between the candidate and the program faculty, and that candidates entering the program have the qualities and professional dispositions necessary to complete their degree plan.

It is always a good idea to allow your letter of intent to be reviewed by an advisor and/or peer for feedback before actually submitting it as a part of your application.

Specialist in School Psychology Request for Reference