Our program offers a master of science (MS) degree in school psychology that is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), which oversees the educational licensure of school psychologists in Oregon. Additionally, the program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Students who complete the master’s program and pass the required licensure tests are eligible for the Oregon TSPC Initial School Psychologist License, and licensure in most other states.
Program graduates are prepared to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, offered through NASP.
The doctoral program prepares students to qualify for licensure as a professional psychologist through the state board of psychologist examiners, as well as state certification or licensure as a school psychologist in Oregon and most other states.
Students who complete this program are eligible for the nationally certified school psychologist credential offered by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Students are not required to earn a master’s degree as they progress toward their PhD, but may elect to do so through completion of a MS degree in special education.
Students interested in pursuing a concurrent MS degree in special education should work with their school psychology advisor and the special education program director to develop a program plan.
Please be aware that additional course work in special education is required. The MS degree in special education is designed to assist students in meeting the requirements of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice Commission for an initial license as a school psychologist. This program does not necessarily satisfy state department of education certification/licensure requirements outside of Oregon.
Specialization in Spanish Language Psychology Service and Research
The specialization in Spanish Language Psychological Service and Research (SLPSR) is to prepare students for engaging in mental health services provision and research with Spanish-speaking populations.
Specialization students take course work designed to enhance their understanding and knowledge of Spanish-speaking Latinx in the US, and obtain supervised experiences of working with Spanish-speaking clients, and/or engaging in research with Spanish-speaking participants.
Students are challenged to critically assess the unique social, historical, political, and cultural contexts that shape and are shaped by the experiences of Latinx, with particular attention to conditions of social injustice and inequity, and how such conditions influence the health and well-being of Spanish-speaking communities. Students receive bilingual supervision.