MS School Psychology

School Psychology

Why should you choose the School Psychology Program at Emporia State University?  The answer… Experience.  As the first School Psychology Program offered in this four-state region, we have a long-standing history of respect and tradition.  Our candidates began collaboration with schools in 1952, and to this day ESU-trained school psychologists serve in virtually all districts and special education cooperatives in Kansas.  At Emporia State University’s School Psychology Program, the core trainers are tenured professors, with doctorates in school psychology and several decades of experience in the field.  If you are interested in working with children with diverse characteristics and backgrounds, and in providing them preventative as well as remedial services to help them achieve success, then our NASP-accredited program may be for you.

At ESU, M.S. candidates first learn to be members of multidisciplinary teams, completing initial training in association with candidates from disciplines such as adaptive education, early childhood, gifted education, educational administration, and clinical psychology.  During this time, candidates learn theory, characteristics and methods related to preschool and school-aged children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, mental retardation, autism, serious emotional disturbance, and more.  These classroom experiences enhance candidate’s understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of the school psychology profession.  Concurrently with this course work, candidates take core school psychology courses to help them understand the foundations of their chosen profession.  Later in the program, candidates move into the Ed.S. program, where they conduct research, undertake evaluations and assessments of clients, and complete other field-based training during practicum and internship experiences.

Requirements and Courses

  • Average or better score on GRE or MAT
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 overall or 3.25 on last 60 undergraduate hours (MS program)
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA on MS coursework for admission to Ed.S. program
  • Minimum 20 semester hours in psychology (excluding introductory courses)
  • See additional program requirements below
  • Progresses from 35 credit hour MS with emphasis on theory and research to 30 hour Ed.S.
  • 4-credit year-long paid internship is completed post Ed.S. to attain completion and state/national licensure
  • Candidates with MS in related field (e.g. adaptive education, clinical psychology) may apply directly to Ed.S. program