Q. How many years will it take to complete the specialist degree at Nicholls State University?
A. The specialist program is 72 hours, which includes 60 hours of coursework that is completed prior to 12 hours of internship. While some students complete the 60 hours of coursework in two years, many complete it in three years. Students complete courses in fall, spring and summer semesters.
Q. When are classes offered?
A.At Nicholls, graduate courses in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Family Studies are offered in the evening. One exception is the School Psychology Externship I/II, which requires fieldwork for two full days each week across two semesters, as well as two afternoon supervision meetings weekly.
Q. Are graduate assistantships available?
A. Graduate assistantships are available and require 20 hours of work each week. Graduate assistantships are paid a stipend each semester and receive tuition waiver. Students are responsible for remaining fees. View assistantship page for more information and to download application forms.
Q. Can I work full-time while completing the specialist degree?
A.Attending part-time is an option during beginning coursework. University policy states that a program of study is to be completed in six years. Coursework is generally offered at night, with the exception of the School Psychology Externship I/II, which requires fieldwork for two full days each week across two semesters, as well as two afternoon supervision meetings weekly.
Q. How do I find an internship?
A.Students eligible for internship seek their own placement. Program faculty members will assist students with identifying prospective positions. School districts who hire interns must enter into a written agreement with the Nicholls Specialist program to provide necessary experiences. Students may seek internship placements within or outside of Louisiana.
Q. How likely am I to find a job after completing the Specialist degree?
A.School psychologists are in high demand in Louisiana and across the nation. All graduates in the last three years have been employed in their field in the year following graduation.
Q. Can prior graduate coursework be transferred to this degree?
A. Up to eight classes (1/3 of the Specialist curriculum) may be considered for transfer if taken for graduate credit at another accredited university. The remaining 48 hours of the curriculum (2/3) must be completed at Nicholls State University. Program faculty review each course for equivalence to the Nicholls Specialist in School Psychology curriculum. Any course that is transferred cannot be more than six years old at the time of program completion.