The Baylor EdS School Psychology program (offered in either Dallas or Waco: SP-Dallas / SP-Waco) has a comprehensive curriculum using the scientist-practitioner model of training (Jones & Mehr, 2007; Lambert, 1993). Thus, training integrates the development of skills necessary to provide psychological services with the development of skills needed to understand and conduct research related to answering psychological and educational problems. Graduates are equipped to use scientific exploration and data-based decision making to provide best psychological practices in school- based settings.
- Complies with the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP)
- Outstanding clinical experiences in area schools and mental health organizations
- Strong training in interventions, assessment, consultation, research, and evaluation
- Students work with faculty to produce original research
- Graduates can earn certificate/licensure to practice psychology in public and private P-12 schools
Hybrid Model of Instruction
The School Psychology Program will follow a hybrid model where some courses will be taught in person and some through distance learning. There are 4 clinical practice courses (called practicum) that will be taught in person on both Waco and Dallas campuses. These courses occur in the fall and spring semesters during your first and second years. In addition, there are several hybrid courses that will be taught primarily on one campus (Dallas and Waco) while students from the other campus will join via distance technology. Consistent across both Waco and Dallas, both sections of internship will be taught exclusively online.
DALLAS: The Baylor School Psychology Program in Dallas (SP-Dallas) is housed in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing Academic Building, where classes and faculty offices are located. This central location, just north of downtown Dallas near Baylor Medical Center, is less than 4 minutes from Fair Park and the Cotton Bowl Stadium, 7 minutes from the Reunion Tower, about 20 minutes from Arlington, and 35 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Our students enjoy free underground parking and 24/7 access to study spaces for individual or group work.
WACO: Classes and faculty offices for the Baylor School Psychology Program in Waco (SP-Waco) are located on the main Baylor University campus in Marrs McLean Science (MMS) Building, which is the home of the School of Education. MMS is located conveniently next to Penland Crossroads dining facility and Mooday Library, Baylor's main library. The School of Education also has an education-specific library in the bottom floor of MMS. Waco is located approximately 100 miles south of Dallas, with American Airlines service at the Waco Regional Airport.
The Baylor School Psychology program in Dallas is taught by the same faculty at the Baylor University Campus in Waco, who bring diverse professional and practical experiences to the classroom. Drs. Eric Robinson, Julie Ivey, Tamara Hodges, and Nick Benson have practiced school psychology in Texas, South Carolina, Florida, Kansas, California, and South Dakota in addition to completing many years providing outstanding teaching, research, and service at Baylor.
Another member of our school psychology faculty, Ms. Kristen Padilla-Mainor, currently directs the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD) in Waco and won the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year – Specialist Level in 2015.
Dr. Marley Watkins is a Non-Resident Scholar, having retired from Baylor University, but continues to be an active scholar affiliated with our program. Prior to Baylor, Dr. Watkins directed the School Psychology programs at Arizona State University and Penn State University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Fellow of the School Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology.
Baylor University welcomes Dr. Kelsey Ragan to the School Psychology program in August 2020. Dr. Ragan earned her Ed.S. degree in School Psychology from Baylor and PhD in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. Her clinical background includes school psychology work in the public education system in Texas, Virginia, and Florida. She has also provided therapeutic and assessment services in clinical settings, including private practice and community-based clinics.