School Employees' Knowledge and Interest in School Psychology Graduate Programs

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the prevalence of knowledge and interest in school psychology in public schools.
  2. learn what qualities and characteristics are needed for current school personnel to be able to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology.
  3. reflect on how this data may guide graduate program design and how they can promote the profession of school psychology.


As shortages in the field of school psychology continue, graduate programs are looking to attract and retain future school psychologists (NASP, 2016). This study examined factors and perceptions related to recruiting existing employees from public schools. Participants will learn what percentage of public school employees had knowledge about and interest in becoming a school psychologist, as well as factors they find valuable when considering going back to graduate school to become a school psychologist.



Shannon B. Viola, UHV
Elise Hendricker, University of Houston-Victoria
Melanie R. Lemanski, University of Houston-Victoria


Letter to Supervisor

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