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School Psychology Program

Program Overview/Mission

School Psychologists, or Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas, are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach.  They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  School Psychologists/LSSPs partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. U.S. News & World Report ranks School Psychology #1 in Best Social Services Jobs and #57 in The 100 Best Jobs (with a low 1.2% unemployment rate)!

Program Degrees

Accreditation Information

University of Houston-Clear Lake's School Psychology Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Admission Requirements

  • School Psychology SSP
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only
    Dec. 10 - Jan. 25

  • Application
    1. Complete the "ApplyTexas" online university application.
    2. Submit additional supporting documents for the program (outlined below).
  • Requirements
    • Submit GRE scores (not more than 5 years old) through the standard reporting procedures.
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the UHCL Office of Admissions.
    The following two documents should be emailed to the Clinical, Health & Applied Sciences department secretary at
    • Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences
    • Statement of purpose and goals, not to exceed 1,000 words, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (found on program website) should be submitted directly by the recommenders to Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know the applicant well are preferred.

    The School Psychology program has an additional application fee of $35 that should be sent directly to UHCL. In making your payment, please indicate that the application fee is for your application to the School Psychology program. Check or money orders may be sent to:
    School Psychology Program Admissions
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 73
    Houston, TX 77058

Additional Admission Information

Students wishing to enroll in this degree plan must formally apply. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the faculty coordinator. 

Application Packet
Recommendation Form

Program Faculty

Valerie Morgan

Valerie Morgan

Assistant Professor of Health Service Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3375
Office: Bayou 2529.03

Faculty Bio

Thomas Schanding
Thomas Schanding

Thomas Schanding

Associate Professor of School Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3484
Office: B2529.04

Faculty Bio

Gill Strait

Gill Strait

Assistant Professor of School Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3494
Office: Bayou 2529.13

Faculty Bio

Student Resources

Information for Current Students

University Student Resources

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

A doctorate in Health Services Psychology (Combined Clinical/School Psychology) is also offered!

For more information, contact:

Dr. G. Thomas Schanding, Jr., Program Director
(281) 283-3484