EDS School Psychology

EDS 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.

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What can you do with a degree in School Psychology?

  • Work as a school psychologist
  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Residential facilities
  • Work anywhere student support services are needed


  • Graduate Student Advisory Council
  • SPSS: School Psychology Student Society

Requirements and Courses

For candidates who have or are completing an M.S. in school psychology at ESU:

Admission to the Specialist program will be contingent upon successful completion of the Master's program and School Psychology Program Committee review and acceptance. All applicants in those circumstances must submit a recommendation form (available online at , http://www.emporia.edu/~persingj/LetterofRecSPY.pdf) completed by at least one core School Psychology Program faculty member. Disposition assessment will also occur and must be satisfactory. Candidates must earn a Master’s degree in School Psychology at Emporia State University, or have substantively equivalent coursework prior to admittance into the Ed.S. program. The application for the Ed.S. degree program should occur during the final semester that Master’s degree program requirements are being completed.

For candidates who do not have an M.S. in school psychology at ESU, but wish to be directly admitted to the Ed.S degree program:

Admission to the Specialist program requires completion of the regular admissions process as described in the M.S. requirements and courses.  Those admitted on this basis will be required before admission to degree candidacy or field experiences to complete residency requirements and Comprehensive Examination requirements described in the program handbook. A significant percentage of candidates are accepted directly into the Ed.S. program if they already have an M.S. degree in school psychology from another university, or an M.S. degree in clinical psychology, adaptive education, school counseling or related profession. In these instances, some school psychology M.S. coursework may not have been taken by the candidate, in which case the course(s) will become probationary requirements of their Ed.S. degree. That is, they will not be eligible for Ed.S. candidacy unless every course in the curriculum is taken at ESU, transferred in as credit, or an equivalent completed in earlier graduate studies. For candidates with such probationary requirements, some of the Ed.S. level coursework may, with permission of the advisor, be taken concurrently with the probationary Master’s coursework.

Program Guide: http://www.emporia.edu/grad/docs/degrees-courses/psychology.pdf

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Additional Admissions Requirements 

  • A grades of "B" or above must be earned on the entire Ed.S. School Psychology program to receive a recommendation to the Kansas State Department of Education for certification as a school psychologist.
  • The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) focuses on greater skill application and the practicum field experience.
  • Additionally, a 4-credit year-long paid internship is completed, post Ed.S., to attain program completion and state/national licensure.
  • Potential candidates who already have an M.S. in a related field such as adaptive education or clinical psychology are eligible to apply directly to the Ed.S. program.

Graduate Assistantship 

  • Currently twelve Graduate Teaching Assistant positions
  • Minimum stipend approximately $7,344 for fall/spring semesters
  • Must work 20 hrs. per week
  • Tuition waiver is limited to a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours each semester. (must pay fees)
  • Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance available
  • Must apply at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/graduateassistants/