School Psychology Program Information

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University of Central Arkansas

Updated: 02/01/2023

201 Donaghey Ave
Mashburn Hall Room 253
Conway, AR 72035

Program Director: Joan Simon


Program Website:

Programs Offered and Program Approvals
  • Specialist level, NASP Approved/Accredited (full)
    Graduation Credit Hours: 60
    Not Accessible to Working Professionals
    Does not offer at least 50% of instruction via distance education
Financial Support


Do students in your program have access to an assistantship/traineeship?Yes
Total number of students receiving an assistantship/traineeship8
Minimum hours per semester260.0
Minimum stipend/salary per week$315
Minimum tuition waiver (%)0%

Hourly Work

Do students in your program have access to hourly work?No


Number of interns who received stipends4
Median Stipend / Pay per year$20000

Additional Information

We recently received a US Dept of Ed Mental Health Demonstration grant that will fully fund 4 students per year for the next four years for the entirety of their program - stipend and tuition. We are especially interested in funding students from underrepresented groups. We hope to accept 8 students each year, so the other four students will be able to get a regular assistantship in our department or a nearby department. In general, our school psychology students are highly successful in locating a graduate assistantship for the two years they are on campus. Many are employed in our department.
Student Enrollment Data

2022 / 2023

Total Enrollment (including interns)15
# of First Year Students7
# of Male Students0
# of Minority Students*2
# of interns during the academic year4
* Note: Minority students are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Joan Simon
Note: Minority faculty are defined as those from ethnic/racial minorities historically underrepresented in United States colleges and universities.
Unfilled faculty positions from the previous academic year?No
Anticipate opening a search for a new faculty member in the upcoming academic year?Yes

01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022

# of Students Taking Praxis8
Percent Qualifying for the NCSP
(Score of 147)
Minimum Score150
Maximum Score186
Median Score169
Mean Score169
* Refers to the % of individuals that have, at one point, passed the exam based on a score of 165 (prior to September 2014) or 147 (September 2014 and on), regardless of number of attempts.
** All data were produced using the ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis SeriesTM tests. Some data may be incomplete given that not all examinees identify their origin program.
*** Aggregated Praxis statistics (median score, minimum/maximum scores, percentage passing) are available only for programs that have had at least five students designating their program/institution as a score recipient within the reporting period.


Formal Option for Respecialization?
Evaluation through standard Admissions?
Minimum Graduate Credit Hours for Respecialization
Description of Respecialization Process


Formal Option for Respecialization?
Description of Respecialization Process
Culminating Documentation
Internship Settings

2022 / 2023

Total Number of Interns4
Total completing internship entirely in school settings4
1. The 2010 NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists defines a school setting as “…one in which the primary goal is the education of students of diverse backgrounds, characteristics, abilities, disabilities, and needs. Generally, a school setting includes students who are enrolled in Grades pre-K–12 and has both general education and special education services. The school setting has available an internal or external pupil services unit that includes at least one state-credentialed school psychologist and provides a full range of school psychology services.”
Multicultural Settings
Program offers a bilingual specialization (i.e. students graduate beign eligible for a bilingual school psychologist certification or designation).No
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to multicultural responsiveness.
  • A specific required course on multicultural responsiveness
Program or department provides the following graduate preparation activities related to social justice that align with the NASP definition and extends beyond cultural awareness into action.
    Student Outcome Data

    2021 / 2022

    # of students completing program (including internship)4
    Mean # of years to complete the program3
    Median # of years to complete the program3
    # of students who transferred to a School Psych Doctoral Program0
    # of students that left the program prior to graduation0
    # of graduates employed by schools4
    # employed in settings other than schools0
    # employed in a faculty position0
    # entering other fields0
    # continuing formal education0
    # not employed or continuing education0