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School Psychology (SSP)

Make a difference in young people’s lives.

Young people today face numerous challenges, many that can affect their learning and social well-being. School psychology is a career that makes a difference. You will help children and adolescents succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.

The Specialist in School Psychology program at ACU offers training in the field of psychology with an emphasis on the educational setting. Through classroom and hands-on training, you will learn to collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community for all students.

You will become immersed in the field during your graduate studies through 600 hours of practicum and 1,200 hours of internship time.

Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply to the Texas State  Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) for licensure as a Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and the National School Psychology Certification Board for national certification. 

Ready to be a part of a meaningful profession? Apply now or contact us for more information today.

Program Overview

Credit hours 60
Tuition per credit hour $1,194
Degree Specialist in School Psychology (SSP)
Program length 3 years
Tracks N/A
Application deadlines for Fall 2018 March 30, 2018 for priority review
August 10, 2018 for standard review
February 15, 2018 for international students 


You will take courses such as:

  • Organization, Operations and Ethics
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Issues in Education of Exceptional Children
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Admission Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent;
  • Unconditional admission requires an undergraduate GPA of 3.5-4.0. If an applicant meets all other requirements and has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0-3.49, he/she may be admitted on probation. The condition of probation means that the applicant must make a final grade of B or above in each of the first 4 courses required in his/her program. Failure to do so will result in suspension from the program;
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two must be from psychology faculty or psychologists who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  • Completion of at least 12 undergraduate semester hours in psychology including: statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology and 3 additional hours that may be physiological, developmental psychology, cognition or principles of learning or an acceptable substitute. The applicant must have made a grade of B or higher in each of the prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate program courses; they may not be taken concurrently.
  • A written statement (600-800 words) describing professional goals, interests and reasons for choosing to enter the psychology program at ACU.
  • Because all professional psychology programs require students to provide services to clients in practicum sites, non-native speakers of English must pass an interview with two ACU psychology department faculty to establish that the applicant has sufficient skills in English and American culture to provide services to clients in practicum settings. International applicants also must meet the university's English language test requirements.
  • The Department of Psychology does not consider the GRE or other test as part of its admission requirements.

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

The Specialist in School Psychology program has been fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.