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Bachelor Degree in Psychology

School Psychology - Ed.S.

The School Psychology Ed.S. program provides the comprehensive training you need to become a skilled and compassionate practitioner. Through coursework and supervised practical experiences, you'll develop the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in assessment and intervention to support the academic success, social-emotional needs, mental health and well-being of students in a variety of educational settings.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology is committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training, which conceptualizes school psychologists as data-oriented problem solvers. The program operates from an eco-behavioral orientation and emphasizes the delivery of school psychological services from a consultative framework to prevent and remediate learning, behavioral and social-emotional concerns in individuals from birth to 22 years.

Students in the program gain competencies, not only in the provision of services to individual children in schools, but also in the promotion and implementation of systemic educational reform. Graduates of the Ed.S. degree are highly prepared to be leaders and innovators of comprehensive support services in a variety of educational settings.

Students who do not hold a master's degree in school psychology must apply to the M.Ed. degree in School Psychology. After completing the M.Ed. degree, students may then matriculate into the Ed.S. degree.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in school psychology from a NASP-approved college or university
  • Minimum 3.000 graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale (minimum graduate 3.250 GPA is recommended)
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé or vita
  • Goal statement
  • Sample of written work
  • School Psychology Supplemental Data form (online document)
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

Program faculty evaluate applicants' background, evidence of high scholastic achievement, a high level of verbal ability and positive letters of recommendation

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Students who do not have a prior NASP-approved master's degree must apply to the Kent State University School Psychology M.Ed. program. Students' applications will still be reviewed for admission into the Ed.S. program. If admitted, the student will matriculate into the Kent State University School Psychology Ed.S. program following successful completion of the M.Ed. in school psychology within the first year.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadlines: January 15 and May 1
      Applications submitted by January 15 will be considered for interviews taking place during the spring semester. If admitted, students may begin coursework during either the summer or fall semester.
      Applications submitted by May 1 will be considered for interviews taking place during the summer. If admitted, students may begin coursework during the fall semester.
  • Spring Semester
    • Priority deadline: October 1
      Applications submitted by October 1 will be considered for interviews taking place during the fall semester. If admitted, students may begin coursework during the spring semester.
  • Summer Term
    • Priority deadline: January 15
      Applications submitted by January 15 will be considered for interviews taking place during the spring semester. If admitted, students may begin coursework during either the summer or fall semester.
Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with the National Association of School Psychologist's (NASP) Domains of School Psychology Training and Practice, which allows them to gain the credential of 'school psychologist' at the state and national levels (i.e., through both the Ohio Department of Education and NASP's national certification program [Nationally Certified School Psychologist, NCSP]).
  2. Demonstrate positive impact on students in applied settings as related to assessment, planning/supports and implementation of interventions related to academic and behavioral needs as identified by key stakeholders in a variety of internship placement settings (i.e., within public schools).
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements
CI 77319DIAGNOSIS AND REMEDIATION IN READING 3
SPED 63101ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 3
or EDLE 76542 PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF SUPERVISION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
SPSY 70162DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT 3
SPSY 77792PRACTICUM II IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 16
SPSY 77926INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS 1
SPSY 77928GROUP COUNSELING TECHNIQUES FOR REHABILITATION COUNSELORS AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS 3
SPSY 77965INSTRUCTIONAL INTERVENTIONS FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS 3
SPSY 77970LEGAL, ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 3
SPSY 77971ISSUES AND APPROACHES IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 26
SPSY 77973CONSULTATION IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS 3
SPSY 77975HOME, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION 3
SPSY 77992SPECIALIST INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY 312
Major Elective, choose from the following:6
EPSY 75520
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT
or EPSY 75523
LIFE SPAN DEVELOPMENT
RMS 75510
STATISTICS I FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
SPSY 77912
ROLE OF THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
Minimum Total Credit Hours:55
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Students must complete SPSY 77792 for two semesters, 3 credit hours each.

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SPSY 77971 is required for students who complete an internship in the State of Ohio. If taken, students must complete two semesters, 3 credit hours each, for a total of 6 credit hours. All other students complete 6 credits of faculty-approved coursework.

3

Student must complete SPSY 77992 for two semesters, 6 credit hours each. An academic Year internship under supervision of the faculty and a qualified school psychologist in public schools is required. Course requirements need to be successfully completed prior to the internship.

Graduation Requirements

  • Upon admission to the Ed.S. degree program, students will be assigned an advisor.
  • Annual State/Federal background checks are required for all field-based experiences.

Licensure Information

Candidates seeking School Psychologist licensure are required to pass the ETS Praxis II School Psychologist test or the domain specific School Psychology Ohio Assessment for Educators test.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

Recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

School Psychology - M.Ed. Information

To view a listing of courses required for the School Psychology, M.Ed. coursework, please visit the university catalog.

Program Sequence Information

The Ed.S. program includes 2 years of study followed by a full-time, supervised internship in a school setting. Learn more about each year below.

Year One

First year coursework provides an orientation to the profession of school psychology, as well as the foundations for professional practice. The Master's of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in School Psychology is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses.

Year Two

Second year coursework focuses attention on the development of professional competencies, as well as an integration on knowledge and skills necessary for professional practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the demonstration of readiness for internship.

Year Three

The third year culminates with a supervised, full-time school-based internship. The internship experience serves as a capstone activity focused on the integration and application of school psychological practice. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in School Psychology is awarded upon successful completion of all required courses, including the internship experience, and demonstration of advanced competency in professional skills.

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Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

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* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Accreditation Information

The Ed.S. Program is Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). In addition, the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

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