MAP-SSP: Master of Arts in Psychology – Specialist in School Psychology

Program Overview

The MAP-SSP program prepares students to meet the psycho-educational and socio-emotional needs of children and adolescents. Students learn how to apply theoretical knowledge in the assessment, intervention and consultation for psychological problems that take place within a public school setting. Although the emphasis is on preparing clinicians to work at schools, the training provided is appropriate for agencies and facilities that address the behavioral and emotional needs of children.

Graduates of the MAP-SSP are eligible to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) for the SSP and for licensure as a Psychological Associate (LPA). As part of the application process for the SSP, students must do the following: (1) complete a 1,200-hour internship under the supervision of a licensed school psychologist or SSP-Supervisor; (2) obtain a score of at least 165 on the National School Psychology Exam (Praxis); and (3) pass a jurisprudence (state law) take-home exam at 90%.

TSBEP link to SSP application packet

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This degree program is 60 hours of graduate coursework. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and complete courses with a grade of “C” or higher, be admitted to candidacy, and satisfactorily complete an oral comprehensive examination.

**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.

Degree Plan: Master of Arts in Psychology- Specialist in School Psychology

Advantages and Opportunities

An added benefit of the MAP-SSP program is that the coursework meets the requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Graduates can make application to the TSBEP and Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC), respectively.

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend HBU’s MAP-SSP Program

  1. The Christian environment at Houston Baptist University affirms all persons in and out of the classroom and facilitates high standards in one’s personal code of conduct.
  2. The convenience and flexibility of course offerings make it possible for students to work full-time and still carry a full-time course load.
  3. There is a low student/professor ratio which allows for students to receive individual attention and mentoring.
  4. The Program meets the Texas State Board of Examiners in Psychology (TSBEP) requirements for licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology.
  5. The Program meets the TSBEP requirements for licensure as a Licensed Psychological Associate
  6. Students may take additional coursework/practicum hours to meet the TSBEPC requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
  7. The courses are taught by doctoral-level professors and professionals in the field of psychology.
  8. Students who are admitted to the program work closely with Licensed School Psychologists who facilitate the practicum and internship courses.
  9. HBU’s beautiful, serene campus is nestled within a flourishing international city.
  10. The program is designed to value, appreciate and develop students’ unique gifts and talents.