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Admissions Procedures and Requirements

The primary program faculty serve as an admissions committee and make recommendations to the UTC Graduate School on whether to accept or reject each applicant to the program. The admissions committee has developed admissions standards designed to serve the goal of admitting students it believes will be successful in the program.

All application materials should be submitted to the UTC Graduate School at the following address:

                                                      The Graduate School
                                                      103 Race Hall
                                                      Dept 5305
                                                      615 McCallie Avenue
                                                      Chattanooga, TN 37403

                                                      (423) 425-4666
                                                      Fax: (423) 425-5223

The Graduate School notifies the program coordinator when an applicant's file is complete and ready for review by the admissions committee. Applications are considered for admission during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters ("rolling admissions"), hence new students can be admitted at the beginning of any of these semesters. Note, it is preferred that new students begin in the Summer or Fall semesters.

An applicant becomes a student by:

1) Filing an application for admission with the UTC Graduate School. An application form can be requested by phone at (423) 425-4666 or accessed on the web at http://www.utc.edu/graduate-school/.

2) Paying an application fee of $30.00

3) Submitting all college transcripts. (To be accepted an applicant applying with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 or a GPA of 3.0 during his/her senior year. An applicant from an unaccredited college must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.)

An applicant with a bachelor's degree seeking admission to the program as a degree student must:

1).  Submit GRE scores

2) Show evidence of having completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology and/or education (with no grade below C) including:

  • Three (3) semester hours in general or educational psychology
  • Three (3) semester hours in child/adolescent development
  • Three (3) semester hours of characteristics of exceptional children

(An applicant lacking one or more of these courses can be accepted into the School Psychology program as a degree graduate student but must complete any missing course(s) prior to becoming a candidate for the Ed.S. degree.)

3) Submit three (3) letters of reference from professors and/or community professionals familiar with his/her academic and/or professional work. *Note:  References MUST be from individuals in the identified roles.  Letters from family friends, supervisors in extracurricular activities, and others not directly involved with the prospective student's academic and/or professional roles will not be accepted.

4) Submit a personal statement describing his/her reasons for wishing to become a school psychologist.

An applicant with a graduate degree seeking admission to the concentration must:

1) Submit transcripts of all graduate work. A student with a GPA above 3.0 on all graduate work will be considered for admission.

2) Show evidence of having completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology and/or education (with no grade below C), including three (3) semester hours in general or educational psychology, three (3) semester hours in child/adolescent development, and three (3) semester hours of characteristics of exceptional children. (An applicant lacking one or more of these courses can be accepted into the School Psychology program as a degree graduate student but must complete any missing course(s) prior to becoming a candidate for the Ed.S. degree.)

3) Submit three (3) letters of reference from professors and/or community professionals familiar with his/her academic and/or professional work.  *Note:  References MUST be from individuals in the identified roles.  Letters from family friends, supervisors in extracurricular activities, and others not directly involved with the prospective student's academic and/or professional roles will not be accepted.  

4) Submit a personal statement describing his/her reasons for wishing to become a school psychologist.

Following his/her admission to the program as a degree student, each student has an orientation conference with Dr. Guess.  During this conference, students who lack professional experience in either education or psychology are encouraged to pursue volunteer opportunities in schools. The program faculty believes that such experience as a volunteer helps "contextualize" and make more meaningful the knowledge and skills that students will be acquiring during their initial courses in the program.

DEADLINES

The program considers applicants for admission to the program during all semesters. However, students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in either the summer or fall semester. Application deadlines are as follows

March 1st - Summer admission

June 15th (**February 1st Priority Deadline**) - Fall admission

**Students who apply by February 1st may be asked to attend a campus visit/interview day on February 28th, 2014.  Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended.**

**Applications received after the February 1st priority deadline will be reviewed based upon program capacity.**   

NOTE: For applicants wishing to apply for a Graduate Assistantship through the Graduate School, the deadline for the Graduate Assistantship application is April 2. The form for Graduate Assistantships can be found at:  http://www.utc.edu/graduate-school/student-resources/assistantships.php

  • Graduate Assistantship applications MUST be sent to the following places:
  1. E-mail copy of application to Dr. Pamela Guess at Pamela-Guess@utc.edu AND
  2. Submit application to the following address:

UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

615 McCallie Ave.

Dept 4254

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Attn:  Terri Bearbower

 

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