Education Specialist in Advanced Educational Practice: School Psychology
The Program For The School Psychology Specialty is designed to produce graduates who meet requirements for licensure in school psychology from the Tennessee Department of Education; are prepared to utilize commonly accepted "best practices" in their work as school psychologists; and are prepared to provide leadership in their field to schools and other organizations serving children and adolescents.
75%-80% of the currently practicing school psychologists in southeastern Tennessee and northwest Georgia are UTC graduates.
The School Psychology Program at UTC has full approval status from The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Program Approval Review Board. A notification letter stated the UTC program met all of the standards of the Program Approval Review Board and congratulated the University for its "efforts to develop a strong program."
Graduates of approved programs who achieve a satisfactory score on the Praxis examination in School Psychology are able to expedite the process in applying to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists. This provides an advantage for graduates as they seek certification to practice in schools across the country.
Currently, 30 state departments of education across the United States recognize the Nationally Certified School Psychologist designation as an indication of quality training and ease the process of attaining certification for those holding this designation.