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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 tfagan@memphis.edu.

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 rgfloyd@memphis.edu.

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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