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Specialist in Education in School Psychology

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Ed.S. in School Psychology

Training Director: Patricia Lowe, 634 J.R. Pearson, 785-864-9710,

The program leads to the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree. The curriculum prepares the student to function professionally as a school psychologist and to develop the skills of a psychoeducational consultant. The program emphasizes current issues and trends in school psychology.


The admission deadline is December 15 to begin course work in the following summer or fall.

Required Admission Materials

  1. Graduate application and application fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  2. PRE departmental application.
  3. 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, sent directly to the Graduate Application Processing Center. The original transcript is forwarded to the School of Education to complete licensing and/or certification paperwork.
  4. GRE (general test) scores: Institution code, R6871; Department code, 3406.
  5. Letter of intent.
  6. Résumé.
  7. 3 letters of recommendation from people who can assess the applicant’s prospects for completing the program.
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Ed.S. Degree Requirements

The Ed.S. program prepares graduates to function effectively as school psychologists and to meet the recommendations of professional organizations and Kansas licensure requirements. The Ed.S. program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Kansas State Department of Education.

Program Requirements

The Ed.S. program consists of 2 years of full-time graduate study (about 62 semester credit hours) followed by a third year of internship. Students completing the program are licensed for PK through grade 12. To be licensed for early childhood through grade 12, students must obtain 100 hours of applied experience with young children and their families in practica or internship and must complete PRE 960 Assessment of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children.

All students obtain competence in school psychology primarily by completing a sequence of prescribed courses and field-based experiences. However, there may be room in a student’s program for electives, depending on previous experiences and course work. The standard course sequence for students in the Ed.S. program is as follows:

  • First Year, Fall Semester
    PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education
    PRE 725 Educational Measurement
    PRE 770 Developmental Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Intervention, and Prevention
    PRE 798 Special Course: Applied Behavior Analysis and Evidence-Based Interventions in School Psychology
    PRE 805 Individual Intelligence Testing
  • First Year, Spring Semester
    PRE 835 Clinical Techniques in Academic Assessment and Intervention
    PRE 860 Assessment of Behavior Problems and Personality
    PRE 760 Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues in School Psychology
    PRE 965 Foundations of Psychoeducational Consultation
  • First Year, Summer Session
    PRE 710 Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    PRE 711 Lab for Introduction to Statistical Analysis
    (PRE 710 and PRE 711 may be waived when the student has taken an undergraduate statistics course and successfully passes a qualifying test.)
    PRE 705 Human Development Through the Life Span
  • Second Year, Fall Semester
    SPED 725 Introduction to the Psychology and Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities
    PRE 855 Psychoeducational Clinic I: Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention
    PRE 910 Practicum in School Psychology
    PRE 975 Therapeutic Intervention: Home and School
  • Second Year, Spring Semester
    PRE 704 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education
    PRE 798 Special Course: Consultation Systems and Program Evaluation
    PRE 865 Psychoeducational Clinic II: Assessment, Consultation, and Intervention
    PRE 911 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology
  • Second Year, Summer Session
    PRE 947 Specialist Research (May be taken in 1- to 4-credit-hour segments)
  • Third Year, Fall Semester
    PRE 991 Ed.S. Internship in School Psychology
  • Third Year, Spring Semester
    PRE 991 Ed.S. Internship in School Psychology

Note: Early childhood licensure (Birth to 3) requires PRE 960 Assessment of Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children and at least 100 clock hours of supervised experience with young children and their families in the practicum sequence or internship.

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