Thomas Fagan, Ph.D.
Director of School Psychology
Welcome to the School Psychology. There are two programs in school psychology. The
Master of Arts/Educational Specialist degrees program is designed for persons seeking non-doctoral preparation for practice
as a school psychologist, primarily in public school settings. Students complete the
MA degree of 36 semester hours and then enter the EdS degree level for an additional
30 semester hours including an internship. 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 National Council for the Accreditation
of Teacher Education.
The Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy degree program is designed to prepare students for various school psychology roles
in public school and community settings and for academic careers. The program includes
most of the course content of the Master of Arts/Educational Specialist degree program,
but it has a stronger emphasis on statistics, research design, and scientific thinking
and advanced practicum experiences. Supervised teaching experiences are also provided.
A year-long internship is required. The combined degree program requires at least
106 semester hours and is usually completed over a five-year period. Graduates are
employed in public schools, developmental disabilities and medical centers, and academic
positions in HI, IL, LA, NC, TN, and TX. The program is 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,
and students are successful in obtaining APA-approved internships. The School Psychology
Program is currently preparing its application for APA accreditation, and anticipates
submission of its self-study document during the 2012-2013 school year. Information
about the APA accreditation process 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 of the American Psychological
Association’s website is at http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/
The Graduate Catalog also has important details about admission requirements. More information about School
Psychology faculty can be found by clicking the links below.
Thomas Fagan, Ph.D.
Randy Floyd, Ph.D.
Beth Meisinger, Ph.D