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Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, aimed to understand human behavior. While some are basic researchers who develop and test theories, others apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations, and communities.
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS)
- Know the laws and procedures governing school psychology practice, know general principles of measurement, have skill in the precise administration of specific measurement instruments, and understand educational systems and the role of the school psychologist within these systems
- Understand a problem-solving model and use the model effectively to gather information for the purpose of making decisions in a multi-dimensional matrix that includes the individual student and the student’s interactions with environments that establish and maintain academic and social behaviors.
This program is a fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) program. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates graduating from our program are prepared to receive a Residency Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and to become nationally certified school psychologists (NCSP). Coursework, practicum and internship are aligned with state and national certification and training standards. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (i.e., measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (i.e., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and counseling); and research (i.e., methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventative focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship. The program duration is three years.
Early consideration deadline for completed applications is January 15. All application materials must be received by May 1 for consideration for fall admission.
A bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent is required. Successful completion of undergraduate coursework in child or life-span development, learning, research, measurement and statistics is required. Faculty will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis to determine prerequisite needs.
Susan Ruby, Program Director
152 D Martin Hall
What will I study?
Course Requirements and Credit Hours
PSYC 505 Applied Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (4)
PSYC 507 Theories of Human Development (4)
PSYC 510 Professional School Psychology I (4)
PSYC 511 Professional School Psychology II (4)
PSYC 512 Professional School Psychology III (4)
PSYC 523 Academic and Social/Behavioral Interventions (4)
PSYC 524 Research and Statistics Lab (2)
PSYC 526 Academic Assessment for School Psychology (4)
PSYC 531 Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents (4)
PSYC 532 Advanced Research and Statistics I (4)
PSYC 533 Advanced Research and Statistics II (4)
PSYC 534 Human Neuropsychology (4)
PSYC 543 School-based Individual Intervention (4)
PSYC 553 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment of Children and
PSYC 554 Cognitive Assessment (4)
PSYC 558 Practicum: School Psychology (12)
PSYC 559 Cognitive Assessment Lab (3)
PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation (4)
PSYC 565 Developmental Psychopathology (4)
PSYC 589 Multicultural Assessment: Issues in the Schools (4)
PSYC 602 Portfolio (6)
PSYC 695 School Psychology Internship (15)
Successful completion of the National School Psychology Certification Examination and an oral examination that reviews the thesis/research project and contents is required.
Minimum total credits for above master's degree 106 credits
Final Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination Policy of the Department of Psychology is as follows:
- Each student shall complete, before the awarding of the EdS degree, a portfolio, which demonstrates the competence of the student in graduate level work in school psychology. Portfolios will reflect knowledge and skills in the National Association of School Psychology Domains of Training and Practice.
- Students will begin their portfolio in the first year through the Professional School Psychology courses and will have a formal interview with School Psychology Faculty Members in the second or third quarter of their second year in the program to serve as preliminary feedback and determination of preparation for the internship experience. An oral examination which will focus primarily on the portfolio but may also include questions regarding professional practice and the intership experience will be held at the end of the third year of the program. The final oral examination will be open to all interested faculty and students and may be open to questions by outside members at the discretion of the committee. Final oral examinations will not be held over vacation periods or during summer quarter except by advance approval of the committee chair, second member and graduate office representative. The final oral examination will not be over two hours.
- All graduate students in the School Psychology Program are subject to the academic advancement policies of Graduate Studies regarding grades.
For information about a career in school psychology and the standards for training and practice, visit www.NASPOnline.org.
We are also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists: WSASP.org
For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: How do I BECOME CERTIFIED in Washington?