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School Psychology: M.Ed

The school psychology program is a full-time, nationally approved, 78-semester-hour program that students complete in three years. A Master of Education degree is conferred upon satisfactory completion of specified coursework completed during the first year in the program and a written comprehensive examination. Additional coursework beyond the master’s degree and other requirements must be successfully completed prior to the awarding of the Educational Specialist degree and licensure as a school psychologist in the State of Ohio.

Applications are reviewed by program faculty three times per year. In order to be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by February 1 (fall semester), July 1 (late admission for fall semester), or October 15 (spring semester). A limited number of candidates can be accepted.

To learn more about the program and to apply for admission, please visit JCU’s Office of Graduate Studies website.

Admission Requirements

Details on the application process can be found at this link!


Program Coordinator

Lydia Kruse, PhD



  • full-time, cohort program
  •  earn master’s in education (M.Ed.) and educational specialist (Ed.S.) degrees
  •  completion in three years
  •  hybrid format for some courses
  •  strong clinical preparation for work in P-12
  •  Nationally recognized by the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP)
  • 78 semester hours [link to course of study]
  • coursework builds upon practice in the field with assignments relevant to the role and function of school psychologist in the school environment
  • supervised practicum
  • supervised yearlong site-based internship
  • successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is a requirement for the Master of Education degree
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Candidates for the M.Ed. Advanced Studies will have a major in education (equivalent to the training necessary for a teacher credential) or the equivalent in training or experience. Candidates ordinarily are or have been licensed teachers. Candidates for the M.Ed. Professional Teacher with Licensure hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Current resume or curriculum vita.
  • A written statement indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of reference from persons who are familiar with and able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • A personal interview with Faculty for the specific program.
  • Verification of valid teaching certificate/license for specific programs. *NOTE: Applicants for the School-Based M.Ed., Professional Teacher M.Ed., Educational Psychology, or School Psychology programs do not require a major in education, teaching experiences, and/or a teaching credential

Details on the application process can be found at this link!


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National and Local Accreditation

  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education