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M.Ed. Ed.S School Psychology

The nationally accredited School Psychology master’s program prepares professionals for employment as licensed P-12 school psychologists in Ohio through coursework and extensive field experiences.

Students who complete the full-time, three-year program will earn both Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees, as well as be eligible for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential and a 5-year Ohio Department of Education Pupil Services license.

With small cohort and class sizes, students in the program receive personalized instruction and advising from faculty who are also experienced professionals. In addition to cross-curricular coursework to prepare for success in the rewarding field, the program is designed to ensure meaningful, field-based learning to gain hands-on experience. In year two, students will spend two days per week in a local school district observing and working with a school psychologist; while the program concludes with a final year of full-time supervised field study internship.

The full-time, 78-credit-hour, cohort program combines coursework with extensive field training to gain both M. Ed. and Ed.S. degrees within three years.

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.

Requirements:

  • Undergraduate 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.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 15 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.
  • For more information on financial aid, contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services at (216) 397-4248.
  • The School Psychology program consists of 78 hours of coursework, including two semesters of practicum experience by observing and working with a school psychologist for two days/week in a local school district and a year-long, site-based internship.
  • The curriculum includes 10 courses to achieve the M.Ed. degree and 14 courses to earn the Ed.S degree.

School Psychology Program Highlights

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Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12% from 2012-2022 – with best job prospects for those with specialist degrees in school psychology. *According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Study School Psychology at JCU?

At JCU, we don’t just prepare you for professional success, but we help you reach for a life of larger meaning. Our small cohort sizes, personalized instruction and advising by experienced professionals, and commitment to social responsibility mean you’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills for a satisfying and impactful career.

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Accreditation

The School Psychology Program has received both National and Local Accreditation from:

  • 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
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What skills will I learn in the School Psychology program?

Through cross-curricular coursework with an emphasis on psychoeducational evaluation and in-field experiences, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Conduct psychoeducational assessments with students in preschool to Grade 12
  • Prepare Evaluation Team Reports
  • Effectively serve on school teams for problem-solving and special education eligibility determination
  • Conduct individual and group counseling
  • Implement and evaluate behavioral and academic interventions at the three tiers of service delivery
  • Promote the use of evidence-based practices in schools
  • Support and train parents and other educators
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Our Team and Resources

The School Psychology Program team features a variety of experienced professionals including current or retired school psychologists. These highly regarded instructors are closely integrated with the student’s learning and offer continual feedback and supervision.

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Courses

To earn the M.Ed. degree, students must complete the following courses, as well as complete a comprehensive written examination:

  • ED 519 – The Exceptional Learner
  • ED 530 – Tests and Measurements
  • ED 532 – Developmental Psychology
  • ED 534 – Learning-Teaching
  • ED 536A – Psycho-Educational Evaluation
  • ED 536B – Psycho-Educational Evaluation
  • ED 540 – The Role and Function of the School Psychologist
  • CG 561 – Counseling Theories
  • CG 562 – Counseling Techniques & Practice

Candidates who hold a valid Ohio Teacher License must also take the following in addition to the courses listed above:

  • ED 451 – Theories of Personality -OR-
  • PS 457 – Psychopathology

Candidates who do NOT hold a valid teaching license must also take:

  • ED 503 – Orientation to the Educational Environment

In addition to the above courses leading to the M.Ed. degree, candidates must complete the following courses to be eligible to receive the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree:

  • ED 554 – Multicultural Education
  • ED 502 – Research Methods
  • ED 533 – Introductory Statistics
  • ED 541 – Child Psychopathology
  • ED 543 – Practicum Experience I: School Psychology
  • ED 578 – Literacy Diagnosis and Intervention Models
  • ED 590 – Practicum Experience II: School Psychology
  • ED 592 – Consultation Skills
  • ED 593 – Seminar in School Psychology (A & B)
  • ED 597 – Supervised Experience in School Psychology (A, B, & C) (6 credits each)
  • CG 535 – Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling