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.
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.
2) Filling out the separate application to the School Psychology program;
3) The School Psychology program application includes electronic recommendation forms that will be automatically sent to professional/academic references of your choice once you provide email addresses for these individuals. Be sure to complete this portion of the application process.
*Note: References MUST be from individuals in the identified roles. Recommendations 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. The online application process also includes responding to questions regarding your interest in the School Psychology Program at UTC. Please complete all parts of the online application to the School Psychology Program. This is in addition to completing the application to the Graduate School.
4) Paying an application fee of $35.00
5) 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 complete the online application process and:
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.)
An applicant with a graduate degree seeking admission to the concentration mus complete the online application process and:
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.)
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.
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. 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.
Graduate Assistantships Form.
- Graduate Assistantship applications MUST be sent to the following places:
- E-mail copy of application to firstname.lastname@example.org OR
- Submit physical application to the following office:
UTC College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Attn: Sandra Jones