Welcome to the website of the School Psychology Programs at The University of Memphis!
The University of Memphis offers two programs in school psychology. The Master of Arts (MA) and Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program is designed for persons seeking nondoctoral preparation for practice
as a school psychologist, primarily in public school settings. Students complete the
MA degree of 37 semester hours and then enter the EdS degree program and complete
an additional 30 semester hours including an internship (see more information in its handbook). The MA/EdS program is jointly sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, and usually takes three years to
complete. Graduates obtain a credential to practice as a school psychologist from
the Tennessee State Department of Education or similar agency in other states. More
than 120 program graduates now serve as school psychologists in the Mid-South Region
and across the United States. The program is approved by the National Association
of School Psychologists and formally accredited as part of the education unit at the
University of Memphis by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
For more information about the MA/EdS program, contact program director Dr. Thomas Fagan at email@example.com.
The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed to prepare students for various school psychology roles in public
school and community settings and for academic careers. The program includes some
of the course content of the MA/EdS degree program, but it places a stronger emphasis
on scientific thinking, research design and statistics; offers advanced practicum
experiences; and allows students to develop expertise in an area of subspecialization
Numerous clinical, supervision, and teaching experiences are provided, and a year-long
internship is required. The degree program currently requires at least 106 semester
hours and is usually completed over a 5-year period (see more information in the program handbook). Students and program graduates have been highly successful in publishing research
and other scholarly work in journals, books, and other outlets (see a list of publications at this link), and students have been highly successful in obtaining APA-accredited internships
(see a list of these internships at this link). Graduates are employed in public schools, developmental disabilities and medical
centers, and academic positions in Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Nebraska,
Tennessee, and Texas. As of March 28, 2014, the doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological
Association (APA), and its next accreditation site visit will be held in 2021. The program is also identified as a Designated Psychology Program according to the
criteria of the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology and Association
of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Information about APA accreditation can
be found by contacting the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological
Association at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; 750 First Street,
NE; Washington, DC 20002-4242; Phone: 202-336-5979 ; and TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123. The
Commission on Accreditation’s website is http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/For more information about the doctoral program, contact program director Dr. Randy Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Memphis Graduate Catalog has important details about admission requirements.
Core School Psychology Faculty
Thomas Fagan, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the MA/EdS Program
Psychology Building, Room 115
Randy Floyd, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program
Psychology Building, Room 332
Beth Meisinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Doctoral Program