Texas State University

Specialist Level

Grants

Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals) is Texas State University's grant-funded initiative to provide more and better-qualified bilingual (Spanish-English) school psychologists to serve the growing population of Spanish-speaking children. This project will add a new training and certification track in bilingual school psychology to the existing National Association of School Psychologists-approved program at Texas State. We will recruit, prepare and support scholars in specialized course work, supervised bilingual field experiences (practicum and internship) at our partner sites, and language/cultural immersion experiences to promote multicultural awareness and build professional Spanish vocabulary in the areas of education and psychology. Scholars will graduate with a 69-hour specialist degree in school psychology (SSP) and a certificate in bilingual school psychology. Additionally, they will be eligible for national certification and state licensure to practice in public schools. More information can be found here.

Immersions

None currently, but we are in the process of developing opportunities for our students to partner with school districts in South Texas for additional Spanish language opportunities

Retention and Recruitment

Texas State University is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution; hence the program has not had to put out specific literature for recruiting CLD graduate students. The Graduate College at Texas State offers a Graduate Merit Fellowship recruitment incentive for outstanding applicants.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in school serving a high number of CLD students.

Faculty

Faculty profiles can be viewed here. Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/ diverse populations: Dr. Desiree Vega.

Program Specifics

The School Psychology Program at Texas State University prepares students to become skilled clinicians and problem solvers, serving children, schools, and families. Coursework in the areas of school-based psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation build competencies for professional practice as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.The program offers related training in the areas of brain behavior relationships, the educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and the assessment of social, behavioral, and emotional functioning. Our 69-hour Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist from the National School Psychology Certification Board.

  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Degree Awarded: Specialist degree in school psychology (SSP) and a certificate in bilingual school psychology
  • Total number of credits: 69 semester hours
  • Bilingual Specialization: Yes
  • Student Demographics: At least 35% of students enrolled in the program come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Contact Information

Phone: (512) 245-3083