Baylor School Psychology Program Benefits:
- Dual Programming - Upon completion of the program, graduates will have achieved both an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology and will also have satisfied the requirements for certification/licensure as a school psychologist.
- Efficient Time-to-Degree – The program is 3 years of full-time study with the first 2 years of full-time graduate study, followed by a 1,200-hour (approximately ten-month) paid internship.
- Professionally-recognized Program – The School Psychology EdS Program in Waco (SP-Waco) is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The program faculty have started the application process with the NASP Program Accreditation Board (PAB) to have the Dallas program (SP-Dallas) designated as approved by the NASP. The expectation is that this process will be complete by June 15, 2020. Please review this website for updates.
- 100% Internship Placement Rate - Due to our prominent faculty and top-tier students, the School Psychology program in Waco (SP-Waco) has placed every student in paid internships over the past 10 years. While some of our students have interned out of state, many chose to intern and work in Texas. Over the years, Baylor’s school psychology program has placed interns in Dallas ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Arlington ISD, Plano ISD, Allen ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Richardson ISD, McKinney ISD, as well as many districts in central and east Texas, San Antonio, and the greater Houston area.
- 100% Job Placement Rates - Further, 100% of graduates that pursued a job a school psychology was successful immediately after internship. Note that some Ed.S. students pursued doctoral programs after graduation.
- 100% Pass Rates on the National School Psychology Exam – All of our graduates passed the National School Psychology Exam (known as the Praxis-II) over the past 20 years.
Brandy Dede, Ph.D.
“My EdS degree in School Psychology at Baylor prepared me for a rewarding career that began in a large, urban school district and has led me to making systemic changes as the Assistant Superintendent of a new charter school. I am grateful that the professors at Baylor challenged us to think beyond traditional school psychology services and think more systemically when working with children and families. Currently, I serve as Assistant Superintendent for a new inclusion charter school in the Dallas area. In this role, I lead, teach, design, implement and analyze programs for educators, children, and families.”
Natalie A. Strand, Ed.S., LSSP
“I have worked in Fort Worth, and now Arlington ISD. Both districts provide different experiences in their roles for LSSPs. Baylor set the foundation for my work career. I came into the workforce with a well-rounded knowledge of the field and feel my education and experiences at Baylor set a high bar of expectation and achievement I’ve come to be accustomed to. The knowledge and experiences I gained from Baylor for Autism Spectrum Disorders was unparalleled and only continued to flourish with the field experience in both DFW districts I’ve worked. In speaking to colleagues and having friends in different graduate programs, I’ve also realized the close connections and bonds that I developed with Baylor staff to be invaluable. Our Baylor professors are our loudest champions, coaches, mentors, and teachers – it is a relationship that continues to evolve and grow. I highly recommend taking advantage of Baylor’s school psychology graduate program – it was a game changer in my life. I am always proud to say I’m a Baylor Bear!”
Dan Woodward, Ed.S., LSSP
“One of my favorite aspects about the Baylor School Psychology graduate program was all of the applied and hands-on experiences we were offered throughout our time at Baylor. We were provided the opportunity to lead our own research projects with faculty that were eventually presented at local and national conferences. The School Psychology program offers experiences in the public school related to individual/group counseling, evaluations/assessments, and teacher consultation that prepare you for your internship and full time work as a school psychologist. Further, the professors supported all of us while applying for internships and throughout our internship year. Even after graduating, I still reach out to my professors for support. At Baylor, I really enjoyed the small class sizes, the ability to build relationships with my cohort and professors, and the opportunity to put what we learned in class into practice with applied experiences. I work in a private high school now in the Dallas area as a school psychologist."
Ally Gutierrez, Ed.S.
"Baylor’s School Psychology Program offers ideal preparation for the numerous roles we take on post-graduation. While its status as a NASP-approved program speaks to its quality, its faculty set it apart. Their diverse experience and continuing work provide depth to class discussion and are illuminating examples of service. Faculty members relate to students not only as professors but as mentors who provide opportunities for research, teaching, practice, and professional development beyond certification requirements."
Ann Holt Branscum, Ph.D.
“I had a wonderful experience in the School Psychology Program at Baylor where I earned my EdS degree. The faculty members were knowledgeable, caring, and supportive. I felt nurtured and cared for not only as a student but as a person. The hands-on experience gained with working with children with developmental disabilities was absolutely invaluable to my learning and is, in my opinion, one of the strongest and most unique aspects of the program. The experience gained in that practicum setting helped to steer my career course and research interests.”
Emily Ward, Ed.S.
“Baylor’s School Psychology program stays with you long after you walk across the stage. Strong course content and practical experiences are a given with any Baylor program, but it is the connections made with faculty and cohort members that really set this program apart. Having the opportunity to work closely with faculty, practicum experiences, and research projects has turned professors into friends, and the small cohort model allows for daily collaboration and connections that can lead to lifelong friendships. It has been years since my graduation, and still not a day goes by where I do not talk to friends from the program!”