Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Online)

About

This online distance-learning program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements. Appropriate candidates for the program are those who have already achieved a graduate degree in a related area – educators or those working in education, counseling, mental health or psychology-related fields. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program earn their Educational Specialist Degree and 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.


Program Description

Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists. 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.

Our program requires a strong field-based supervisory model. We train our site-based supervisors in the late summer/early fall and our practicum students and interns have measurable goals for their field experiences. We continue to encourage applications from professionals who have established a relationship with a school district that is supporting their application and that can offer strong supervision. We like to see that applicants are applying from districts that are willing to implement NASP’s practice model that includes school psychologists in direct service roles and that are offering paid internships. If you wish to apply to our program and do not yet have a connection to a school district in your area, reach out before you apply to seek these connections and ask these questions. This will help pave the path to finding a potential supervisor and placement that will meet your needs and our requirements.

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We admit students to our three-year program and to our accelerated two-year pathway each year. The application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now closed.

If you would like to receive an email when the next application cycle opens, please email us (edsonline@ewu.edu) with your request to be added to our notification list.

  • The application opens in mid-late fall.
  • The program application deadline is February 1st.
  • Applicants are informed of their status by April 15th.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, you:

  1. 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 on standard test scores, intervening experiences and other relevant factors.
  2. Must meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
  3. Must submit online application to the Ed.S in School Psychology (Online) Program and upload a vitae/résumé.
  4. Must provide contact information for three professional references (in the application) who will be contacted by Graduate Studies with a link to the recommendation form.
  5. Must have a master’s or other graduate degree in psychology, education or a closely related field or its equivalent.
  6. It is expected that a student complete all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology before registering for classes.

Application Process

  1. Apply to the Educational Specialist School Psychology (Online) Program and Graduate Studies at Eastern Washington University.
  2. Per Graduate Studies requirements, submit an official copy of your transcript(s) from all colleges and universities you have attended. (Note: The Graduate Studies Office can obtain these from the Office of the Registrar if you have previously attended Eastern Washington University.)
  3. Application files must be complete by February 1st to be considered for an interview.

All interviews will be conducted via video conferencing. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

All candidates will be notified no later than April 15th as to their status. All candidates who were accepted to the program are to notify us by May 1st of their plans for attending.

Determining which graduate program to attend is one of the most important educational decisions prospective school psychologists 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).

We do have an alternate list as each year we are honored to have many qualified applicants but, unfortunately, have limited space. After intentions to attend are returned, we will contact those on the alternate list about their acceptance status.

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.

Students have an option to complete the School Psychology Respecialization Program in either 2 or 3 years.

  • Applicants will be able to choose between a 2-year accelerated program and a 3-year regular program.
  • Applicants who choose the 2-year option complete accelerated coursework for 5 quarters and then a full-time, 1,200-hour internship.
  • Applicants who choose the 3-year option complete coursework for 8 quarters prior to completing the same, full-time, 1,200-hour internship.

Both options include coursework during the summer sessions.

The program is 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. Live sessions are held on Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm PST.

Yes. Eastern Washington University allows consideration 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 for more information.

No, you may not include additional coursework than listed on the Transfer Credit Request Form. 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-hour 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.

Our program is 107 credits total. Each credit costs $382. All students pay the same tuition; as an online program, we do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students.

Technology requirements for participation in this program include:

  • High bandwidth (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.

There is a 4-day on-campus requirement in the fall of each year. Students will meet at our Riverpoint Campus in Spokane to participate in advising, attend live classes, attend certificate trainings, meet their instructors, and connect as a group. The fall on-site happens each fall that students are enrolled in the program.

Yes. Our program offers educational opportunities to students in multiple state jurisdictions. Due to the 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. For more information about the new state authorization laws, please see the EWU State Authorization page.

At this time, we are only able to consider international candidates from Canada.

Curriculum and Requirements

You 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.

Minimum Total Credits107
PSYC 505APPLIED LEARNING THEORY AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION4
PSYC 510PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSYC 511PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSYC 512PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY III4
PSYC 513ADVANCED CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT4
PSYC 523ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS4
PSYC 526ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 531PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS4
PSYC 532RESEARCH AND STATISTICS: GROUP DESIGN4
PSYC 533INTERVENTION AND PROGRAM EVALUATION4
PSYC 534HUMAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 539SPECIAL TOPICS3
PSYC 543COUNSELING THEORIES AND SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS4
PSYC 553SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS4
PSYC 554COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT4
PSYC 558PRACTICUM: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY12
PSYC 559COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT LAB3
PSYC 560SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY CONSULTATION4
PSYC 565DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY4
PSYC 579ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT4
PSYC 602PORTFOLIO6
PSYC 695SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP15

Successful completion of the National School Psychology Certification Examination (Praxis) and an oral examination that reviews the portfolio project and contents is required.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the degree, 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 on conduct.

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