EdS - School Psychology
Why should you choose the EdS School Psychology program at Emporia State University? The answer: Experience.
As the first School Psychology program offered in a four-state region, this program has 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.
In most years, we train more school psychologists in Kansas than all of the other programs in the state - combined.
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 program may be for you.
School psychology is a terrific profession, with superior employment opportunities and job security. Full time students receive their Ed.S. degree in two years. Our employment rate, for the past 16 years, has been 100%, with every candidate upon completion of their Ed.S. degree receiving a full professional salary as a school psychologist during their internship year.
Our three full-time core faculty are all veteran school psychologists with doctoral degrees in school psychology, therapeutic science, and clinical neuropsychology, respectively.
The program’s director of 20 years has been honored as a Distinguished Professor and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field of school psychology.
At ESU, you first learn to be members of multidisciplinary teams, completing initial training in association with students from disciplines such as adaptive education, early childhood, school counseling, educational administration, and clinical psychology. During this time, you will learn theory, characteristics and methods related to preschool and school-aged children with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual deficiency, autism, emotional disturbance, and more.
These course experiences include campus-based, hybrid, and online courses. They enhance your understanding of the cross-disciplinary nature of the school psychology profession. Concurrently with this course work, you will take core school psychology courses to help you understand the foundations of your chosen profession.
Later in the program, you will conduct research, undertake evaluations and assessments of clients, become immersed in prevention science related to school-based mental health and multi-tiered systems of supports, and complete field-based training during supervised practicum and internship experiences.