What is School Psychology?

School psychology began mainly through the testing movement, in the late 1800s, especially from people like Alfred Binet. Binet's work resembled school psychology of today, because he developed the first IQ test to screen children who would not benefit from regular education. Binet's test was brought to the United States in the early 1900s, and was standardized in 1916 by Lewis Terman of Stanford University. Today it is known as the Stanford-Binet test. School psychologists are knowledgeable in areas such as child/adolescent development, learning theories, psycho-educational assessment, personality theories, therapeutic interventions, and identifying learning disabilities. The School Psychology program at Sam Houston State University is a 60-hour program that prepares graduates to seek licensure from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, L.S.S.P. We are proud to be approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, N.A.S.P.(read news article). Graduates of our program are eligible to become nationally certified school psychologists. Opportunities for employment as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology are numerous. Graduates of our program typically obtain employment immediately after completing their internships. National Association of School Psychologists (July 15, 2000). Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology / Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists. Bethesda , MD : NASP. Copyright (c) 2006 Sam Houston State University Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later versions published by the Free Software Foundation; with Invariant Sections being School Psychology defined is, Historical Highlights, and references as listed above. Program Faculty Handbook Admission Requirements Curriculum Program Philosophy Clinical Training Internship Sites Brochure For information on a career in school psychology, visit:

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