Become a School Psychologist
Our Education Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) prepares candidates to become practicing School Psychologists throughout the nation. Our curriculum aligns with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) standards and the expectation of the program is that every graduate will obtain the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, and this certificate often assists with interstate recognition of training. Graduate preparation in school psychology educates and trains individuals to apply principles in psychology and education to support school-wide academic and social-emotional programs, collaborate with teams to identify candidate learning and behavioral problems, and develop evidence-based intervention plans.
Our program adheres to the Graduate Preparation and Credentialing for School Psychologists (2010) set forth by NASP and offers two different entry tracks: post-baccalaureate and post-master’s. Each track requires core theoretical coursework coupled with practice, and culminates with a full-time, 1200-hour internship. Post-master's candidates must complete a minimum of 44 core credit hours. Additional hours may be required depending on the content of the achieved master's degree.
The curriculum is supported by regular coursework with departmental faculty, enhanced by field experiences in the schools, and the development of a professional portfolio. The scientist-practitioner orientation guides preparation for candidates to master and employ empirically validated methods of assessment, consultation, and intervention within NASP Practice Model Domains.
The application for admission is available online and the priority application deadline for our post-baccalaureate program is January 15. Application requirements are listed online as well. For graduate assistantship consideration, a candidate must meet the priority deadline.