MAP-LSSR: Master of Arts in Psychology – LSSP Respecialization

Did you know that school counselors and educational diagnosticians can apply for admission to the MAP-LSSP Respecialization program?

Persons seeking credentialing by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) to become a licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) must have a graduate degree with psychology in the name. HBU’s newly approved MAP-LSSP Respecialization program can give credit for previous graduate coursework from counseling and educational diagnostician programs. The Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology will evaluate each student’s transcripts to determine the coursework required for the MAP-LSSP. Programs of study will differ for each student because of differences in previous graduate coursework, the amount of time that has lapsed since the completion of coursework, etc. At a minimum, admitted students will be required to complete 30 hours of coursework and the 1,200-hour Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Internship.

Below are the requirements for program admission:

  • Submission of the on-line application
  • A conferred graduate degree from either a regionally accredited counseling or educational diagnostician program
  • Verification that no disciplinary action has been taken against an applicant’s certificate or license
  • At least two academic/professional letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology

**Note: Those entering the program will be required to take PSYC 5300 General Psychology, PSYC 5301 Introduction to Statistics in Behavioral Sciences and PSYC 5302 Abnormal Psychology their first semester if they have not acquired a “B” or higher in their undergraduate classes with credits less than seven years old.

Additional information about HBU’s MAP-LSSP program can be found on the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website:

“While working on my Master of Arts in Psychology, I learned that HBU professors embody talent and inspiration in their educational approaches. The talent of my professors was evident in their wealth of knowledge and their ability to disseminate even the most complicated psychological concepts in ways that were meaningful. The professors challenged me to learn foundational concepts within a framework of only the most ethical and respectful practices. This inspiration and knowledge helped lead me on a path to success as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Licensed Professional Counselor.”

Michelle Wolf ’01 – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)  

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MAP-LSSR  Respecialization Course Syllabi

Course Syllabi Course Title Hours
PSYC 6101 LSSP Internship                 1
PSYC 6102 LSSP Internship 1
Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychology (TSBEP) Requirements: Students will need to take 28 to 34 hours of the following coursework in order to meet the TSBEP content area requirements for the LSSP. The Director of the Master of Arts in Psychology – LSSP program will work with students to determine what additional coursework is needed in order for the student to qualify to sit for the PRAXIS exam.  28-34
PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and Counseling 3
PSYC 5312 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Theories 3
PSYC 5313 Methods and Techniques in Counseling 3
PSYC 5316/
PSYC 6310
Child Psychopathology or Clinical Psychopathology 3
PSYC 5323 Theories of Counseling 3
PSYC 5330 Psychology of Learning 3
PSYC 5353 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 5360 Cultural Psychology 3
PSYC 6301 Principles of Human Development 3
PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal 3
PSYC 6305 Individual Psychological Assessment 3
PSYC 6306 Career Counseling and Counseling 3
PSYC 6308 Methods of Group Process 3
PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures 3
PSYC 6324 Research Seminar 3
PSYC 6343 Personality Assessment 3
EDSP 6344 Educational Appraisal of Handicapped Students 3
EDUC 6301 Classroom Management 3
EDUC 6312 Secondary Curriculum and Instruction 3
PSYC 6191 Practicum 1
Total Hours 30 – 36