School Psychology



Dr. Guess

Dr. Pamela Guess

Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our School Psychology Program!  You can find general information about our Program and admissions requirements here along with a link to our current Program Handbook that provides detailed information about Program requirements, courses, and procedures.  I encourage you to check out the Program Handbook where you may find information that addresses many of your questions. Also, while you’re checking out the Program website, I hope you’ll also review the information about the School Psychology Student Association, our current students, and also links to professional organizations that might interest you. 

If you need further information, or if I can help you with the application process, please feel free to email me at:  I will look forward to hearing from you!

—Dr. Guess


The School Psychology Program in the UTC Graduate Program is an Educational Specialist Program (Ed.S.) designed to produce graduates who demonstrate proficient skills for working within a comprehensive and integrated service model as recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  Graduates are prepared to utilize commonly accepted best practices in their work as school psychologists and to provide leadership in the field to schools and other organizations serving children and youth and their families as well as educators within various systems. Successful completers of the NASP approved School Psychology Program are eligible to apply for licensure to practice in educational settings through state departments of education. throughout the US and are also eligible to apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential through NASP.  In the state of Tennessee, graduates are also eligible to apply for the Licensed Psychological Assistant credential through the Health Related Board of Examiners that allows for practice in non-school settings under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist.

Other Program highlights:

  • NASP approved;
  • 97% graduation rate over  more than three decades
  • 100% employment rate for recent Program graduates;
  • 12:1 student:faculty ratio consistent with NASP training Program requirements
  • Student cohort model that allows for supportive student relationships
  • Housed within the School of Professional Studies within the College of Education that is CAEP Accredited and part of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies


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 1 Priority Deadline**) - Fall admission

**Students who apply by February 1 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.**