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Educational Specialist in School Psychology Respecialization (EdS) (Online)

This online distance-learning program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements. The program was previously a certificate-only program where students earned a state-level Educational Staff Associate certificate to practice school psychology. As of fall 2014, program graduates earn both a school psychology certificate and an Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. Appropriate candidates for the program are educators or those working in education, counseling, mental helath or psychology-related fields who currently hold a master's degree in their respective field. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program are prepared to receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Students are encouraged to seek national certification through preparation of individual portfolios.

Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (e.g., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and home-school collaboration); and research (methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the individual, school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

Students have an option to complete the School Psychology Respecialization program in either 2 or 3 years. Both options include coursework during the summer session. Students who choose the 2-year option complete full-time coursework for 5 quarters and then a full-time, 1200 hour internship. Students who choose the 3-year option complete coursework part-time for 8 quarters prior to completing the same, full-time, 1200 hour internship. 

What type of technology is required?

Technology requirements for participation in this program include: 

  • high bandwidth required; access should be through a direct Internet connection (not wireless);
  • up-to-date computer and browser requirements that follow program recommendations and Canvas requirements
  • a webcam
  • a headset with microphone
  • access to a scanner or printer that scans to PDF.

Full participation throughout the web-conferencing activities and in-residence training is required.

How does the program work? How often do I have to come to campus?

The program is run in a cohort model (where the same students will be in classes together throughout the program) and delivered through Eastern Online; facilitated using Canvas software. Students log into their courses on their own time to complete asynchronous components such as discussion boards and individual assignments. When live sessions are held, professors coordinate times in the evening hours, generally from 6-9pm Pacific time. There is 3 1/2 day on-campus requirement in the fall that takes place over a long weekend. Students meet at our Riverpoint campus in Spokane to participate in advising, attend live classes, meet their instructors and connect as a group. The fall on-site happens each fall that students are enrolled in the program (once a year). 

I live out-of-state. Am I still eligible?

Yes. Our program offers educational opportunities to students in multiple state jurisdictions. Due to a new state authorization initiative throughout the nation, all universities offering education outside of their state must be authorized by each state in which they offer courses. EWU is monitoring developments in state laws in every state. To see if your state has a current agreement, please use our interactive map. More information about the new state authorization laws, please see the EWU State Authorization page.

What are the requirements to be considered for the School Psychology Respecialization Program? 

  1. Must have graduate degree in psychology, education or a closely related field or its equivalent. 
  2. Must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded credits. The Graduate Admission Committee may recommend a limited number of other students with a lower GPA to the Dean of Graduate Studies for admission based upon standard test scores, intervening experiences and other relevant factors.
  3. Must apply to and meet the eligibility requirements of EWU's Graduate School.
  4. Must submit program-specific application including program-specific letters of recommendation provided within application documents.

Can I transfer in any of my master's coursework?

Yes. Eastern Washington University allows up to 12 credits of graduate work to transfer into a new program of study. All transfer requests must be made at the time of admission and there is a review process that is completed by the admissions committee utilizing the attached review form. As students are required to produce a portfolio as part of their culminating project, we encourage serious consideration regarding the request to transfer credits. Please see the Transfer Credit Request Form below for more information.

I have a doctorate in a related area and want to become a school psychologist. Am I eligible to transfer in more coursework? 

No. School Psychology is a unique field that blends psychological, academic and social/emotional assessment with consultation, mental health services, and varied interventions to promote the academic achievement and personal enrichment of school-aged children. Our program is aligned with the standards of the National Association of School Psychologists which expects that students must complete at least 90 quarter credit hours of an organized program of study in school psychology to be eligible to apply for national certification. A program of study in school psychology must include 81 credits of coursework outside of the 1200 required internship. In order to prepare our students for national certification, we require the same level of rigor in school psychology specific coursework. A course challenge process can be used in special cases. All program of study development is individualized at the time of admission.

How often does the program admit students? Is there rolling admission?

We admit once a year in winter for a summer quarter start. The program is run as a cohort model where the same students will be in classes together throughout the program. We believe this promotes collaboration and community in our distance-learning students to the betterment of their learning experience.
When are applications due? Early consideration deadline for completed applications is January 15. All materials must be received by May 1 for full consideration.

How does the application process work?

Please complete the following steps to be considered for our program:

  1. Apply to Graduate Studies at Eastern Washington University:
  • Apply online at; pay non-refundable application fee
  • Per Graduate Studies requirements, submit two (2) official copies of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you have attended including your completed master's degree program. (Note: The Graduate Studies Office can obtain these from the Office of the Registrar if you have previously attended Eastern Washington University.

        2. Apply to the School Psychology Respecialization Program* Using the link below, download and complete the following materials to be sent to the program Director:

Application files must be complete by May 1st to be considered for an interview. All interviews will be conducted via video conferencing during the month of May. The equipment needed for the interview consists of a web-camera (can be internal to your laptop or external), a headset with a microphone and a wired internet connection (wireless tends to be slower and could impact either the video or audio component of the transmission). Admission decisions are made following your application interview.

When will I be notified of my application status?

All candidates will be notified no later than May 15th as to their status. All candidates who were accepted to the program are to notify us by May 22nd of their plans for attending. Is there a wait list? We do have a wait list as each year we are honored to have many qualified applicants but unfortunately have limited space. After May 22nd, we will contact those on the wait list about their acceptance status. 

What is the significance of the May 22nd acceptance date?

Determining which graduate program to attend is one of the most important educational decisions a prospective school psychologist will make. Along with several other school psychology training programs, we believe all student candidates deserve the opportunity to consider their options and admission offers before making such a decision. This policy is consistent with policies set by Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP), Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the School Psychology Educators Council of New York (SPECNYS).

Contact Information

Dr. Jamie Chaffin
135 Martin Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

School Psychology Gainful Employment Information

What will I study?

Plan of Study

Students may choose to complete the program in either two or three calendar years. The program of study and plan for course completion is individually determined.

Students will:

  • know the history and foundations of school psychology; multiple service models and methods; ethical, legal and professional standards; and other factors related to professional identity and effective practice as school psychologists;
  • know the varied models and methods of assessment and data collection for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and measuring progress and outcomes;
  • know the varied models and strategies of consultation, collaboration and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups and systems and methods to promote effective implementation of services
  • understand school and systems structure, organization and theory related to evidence-based practice;
  • use data based-decision making to design, implement and evaluate academic, social, emotional and behavioral programs for students at all levels of need.
  • be competent in applying knowledge and skill consistent with professional ethical practice in accordance with National Association of School Psychology (NASP)) professional codes of conduct.

Course Requirements and Credit Hours

  • PSYC 505 Applied Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (4)
  • PSYC 507 Human Development: Research, Theories and Application (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 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 543 School-based Individual Intervention (4)
  • PSYC 553 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment of Children and Adolescents (4)
  • PSYC 554 Cognitive Assessment (4)PSYC 558 Practicum: School Psychology (12) 
  • PSYC 559 Cognitive Assessment Lab (3)PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation (4)
  • PSYC 566 Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience I (4)
  • PSYC 567 Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience II (4)
  • PSYC 579 Advanced Diagnostic Assessment (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 portfolio project and contents is required.

Minimum total credits: 104 credits 

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