Field Experiences

The School Psychology program has a commitment to blending field-based experiences with academic training.

First-year students work in various public schools to complete course assignments. Students have opportunities to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. This practice continues in the second year both through coursework and the therapy practicum.

Students complete therapy field experience over two semesters. Also in the second year; students complete an integrated assessment practicum in local schools. Others at the CAC on campus supervised by a credentialed faculty member.

In the third year, students work in public schools. Supervisors that have credentials for school-based practice manage the students. A University Supervisor also oversees the students. They are Licensed Psychologists, and for school-based experiences, credentialed for school-based practice.

Students will have continuous access to faculty who are Licensed Psychologists.

Some field experiences may need background checks, fingerprints, or TB tests. 

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Public School Demographics

 

Bryan, TX I.S.D. (first to third year)
White: 26%
Hispanic: 51%
Black: 21%
Asian: 0.4%
Economically Disadvantaged: 72%
Bilingual/ESL Education: 18%

College Station, TX I.S.D. (first to third year)
White: 56%
Hispanic: 20%
Black: 13%
Asian: 8%
Economically Disadvantaged: 36%
Bilingual/ESL Education: 7%

Many students gain added experience in other settings and contexts. Sites should meet the interests and needs of individual students. 

If a licensed psychologist is not available, a University Supervisor will provide guidance. Any external experience (i.e., externship) must combine with academic training. Field experiences should be sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. 

Sites that are currently used or utilized in the past include:

  • Counseling and Assessment Clinic (in EPSY Department)
  • Autism Clinic at Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center/Easter Seals of East Texas
  • Brazos Valley Head Start
  • Special Opportunity School (SOS; Bryan Alternative School)
  • Bryan Collegiate High School (Bryan ISD)
  • M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston
  • College Station ISD – Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities and Child Find
  • Baylor Medical College (Dallas)
  • Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston)
  • Scotty’s House
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Texas A&M Student Counseling Center
  • Children’s Medical Center (Dallas, Plano)
  • Cook Children’s Hospital
  • Baylor College of Medicine – San Antonio (Neuropsychology)
  • Devereux School (Victoria, TX)

The range of contexts and experiences available to students contributes to the excellent record of Texas A&M University students in obtaining highly competitive APA accredited internships.

Tracking of Clinical Experience

It is important that students track their clinical experiences with these resources: