M.A. & Ed.S. Requirements


M.A. Requirements

Psychology M.A. Concentration: Pre-Specialist in Education - Required Courses (44 hrs)

  • PSY 6060 School Psychology: Ethics and Practice (3)
  • PSY 6080 Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
  • PSY 6100 Intellectual Assessment (3)
  • PSY 6101 Laboratory in Intellectual Assessment (1)
  • PSY 6750 Psychology and Assessment of Learning Disabilities (3)
  • PSY 6760 Educational Assessment (1)
  • PSY 6770 Assessment and Therapeutic Interventions for Children's Emotional Problems (3)
  • PSY 6890 Consultation (3)
  • PSY 6140 Practicum: School Psychology (3)

The following courses address the Psychology Departments MA requirements for the school psychology program: (Required)

  • Testing: PSY 6100 and 6101 (PSY 4260 or equivalent is a prerequisite)
  • Abnormal psychology: PSY 6400 Psychological Disorders of Children (3)
  • Learning: PSY 6440 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • Developmental: PSY 6120 Developmental Psychology: Child or 6130 Developmental Psychology: Adolescent (3)
  • Research methods: PSY 6640 Thesis research (3)
  • Statistics: PSY 6280 Regression and 6290 ANOVA (PSY 3020 or equivalent is a prerequisite for both) (6)

Guided Electives:

  • PSY 6065 School-based mental health services (3)

*Guided electives are included to allow some flexibility for re-specializing students (e.g., students with previous MA degrees). All traditional students complete all guided electives. School Psychology faculty would review transcripts and syllabi for re-specializing or transfer students to determine if any of the required or guided course work had been adequately addressed and was current.

Note: The MA is a necessary first step toward Tennessee State Board of Education licensure; however, a student must complete the Ed.S. to earn a license.


Ed.S. Requirements

Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction Major Concentration: School Psychology -Required Courses (30 hrs)
  • SPSE 6390 School Law (3)
  • SPSE 6640 Microcomputers in the K-12 Educational Setting (3)
  • PSY 7530 The Psychology of Reading and Reading Development (3)
  • PSY 7080 Practicum: Advanced Interventions with Children (3)
  • PSY 7100 Multicultural Social Bases for Assessment and Intervention (3)
  • PSY 7810 Advanced Internship: School Psychology (6 )

Guided Electives:

  • PSY 6150 Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children(3)
  • PSY 7200 Neuropsychology in the Schools (3)
  • PSY 6661 Program Evaluation (3)

*Guided electives are included to allow some flexibility for re-specializing students (e.g., students with previous MA degrees). All traditional students complete all guided electives. School Psychology faculty would review transcripts and syllabi for re-specializing or transfer students to determine if any of the required or guided course work had been adequately addressed and was current.

All Ed.S. students must have an MA in psychology and must receive preparation in each of the core areas designated by NASP (see Graduate Catalog).