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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

School Psychology (ASP)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 42.2805
College of Education (EJ)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Education
Psychological and Social Foundations Department (EDF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
George Batsche
Phone: 813-974-9472


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Program Information

The M.A. degree in School Psychology is offered only when combined with the Ed.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees. The M.A. in School Psychology is not a terminal degree and cannot be used for certification or licensure as a school psychologist.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below. Admission occurs once each year for the Fall class. The School Psychology program is a limited access program. This means that only a limited number of students are able to be accepted each year.

Program Admission Requirements
For all admission, all programs require earned degrees from regionally accredited institutions. International students are also required to:

  • Provide a course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from an approved external agency
  • Submit passing TOEFL scores

Prerequisite Coursework for Admission

  • Bachelors degree or higher
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Statistics
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Tests and Measurements (including issues such as reliability, validity, standard error of measurement, etc.)
  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Research Methods or Experimental Design with a lab component.

Required Admissions Materials
All admissions materials should be submitted directly to our program. A complete application includes the following:

  • A completed Application to Graduate Studies. All applications must be submitted online and can be located on our program website:
  • The application fee ($30) - payable by credit card.
  • Submit official GRE scores (Note: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required; scores should not be more than 5 years old).
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have completed coursework. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher in upper division level undergraduate coursework.
  • Provide a statement of professional goals. In a 2-3 page statement, explain your immediate, intermediate, and long term goals as well as your research interests. Professional goals and research interests must be compatible with the School Psychology Program.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from professionals who are familiar with your scholarship and work history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write professionally by submitting a scholarly paper completed as part of your prior course work.
  • If invited for an interview, a) present self professionally in an oral interview with two or more faculty members and graduate students, and b) provide a writing sample related to a relevant topic to the field of school psychology during the interview process.

For International Applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet?based test, or 550 on the paper?based test, are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • The applicants native language is English, or
  • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript), or
  • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements







Issues in Child Development
Classroom Learning
Behavior Theory and Classroom Learning



Course Requirements


Seminar in School Psychology
Statistics I
Assessment I
Assessment II
Instructional Design


Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.



Prior to clearance for the MA degree, candidates must satisfactorily complete a portfolio of performance-based accomplishments that is evaluated by the School Psychology faculty.



Students must complete a school-based practicum consisting of eight (8) hours per week for a minimum of 32 weeks (2 semesters) for a total of 256 contact hours.






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6938, EDF6214, EDF6217, SPS6936, EDF6407, SPS6197, SPS6198, EDF6288, EDF6166,