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School Psychology EdS

School Psychology EdS

About Our Respecialization Program

This program consists of online, hybrid, and weekend-intensive courses designed for working professionals, who already hold an M.S. degree and a license in a related field. Having launched in 2001, we pioneered the respecialization approach, and have retrofitted more mid-career professionals to a degree, license and career in school psychology than most other programs in the country.

While sustaining full-time employment, the typical candidate completes 36-39 credit hours, to earn an Ed.S. degree and licensure from KSDE as a school psychologist EC-12. Many candidates from other states (e.g., Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma) have completed this program and always found the license reciprocated in their state, where they undertook practica and internship.

Most respecialization candidates find it optimal to begin courses during summer session. By the end of the second summer session, they may be eligible for a work authorization (discussed below), and by the end of the second fall session, they receive their Ed.S. and an initial license. Thus, 18 months after admittance, candidates who chose to respecialize have completed all program requirements except the fully-paid internship, and have done so while sustaining full-time employment. About 20% of candidates prefer to pursue the program at a slower pace, which is permitted.

Are You Eligible for the Respecialization Program?

To be eligible for the program, you need to have the following:

  • an MS degree in a related area. The typical respecialization candidate has an MS in adaptive education, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work and similar education or mental health related fields
    • To be considered related, at least 15 hours of the degree should be equivalent to courses in our traditional program of study. The average candidate has 30 credit hours in common.
  • earned a minimum of a 3.25 GPA in your MS coursework. Any course with a grade below a B or not taken for graduate credit cannot count toward a license
  • optimally, hold a license from KSDE or BSRB, though on occasion somebody without a license is admitted (but not eligible for the work authorization process, see below). Besides KSDE endorsements, other licenses commonly held by respecialization candidates include the LMLP, LPC, and LMSW.
  • typically but not necessarily, you would have extensive experience in your related area. It is common that our respecialization candidates have 10-20 years of experience in the public schools or related profession. Candidates with little experience will not be excluded from eligibility, but may not be as competitive for admissions in some years
  • met all other admissions requirements as listed in the program overview, including course prerequisites

Return on Investment

Respecialization candidates have always increased their salaries, often significantly so, as a result of completing their programs at Emporia State University. Increases have been highest in Missouri, for psychometrists, and in Kansas by LMLP, LMSW, and LPC practitioners. The last 24 such candidates received an average of a $17k salary increase upon completing their program and obtaining their NCSP.

A Note on Applying for Admission

Be aware that our program is competitive, with more qualified applicants than can be accommodated. Inquiries should be made at such times that applications are complete by March 1 to assure greatest likelihood of summer/fall admission, or October 1 for spring admission.

Almost all candidates have an optimal start with summer admission, so qualified candidates who make inquiries after March have less likelihood of gaining admittance.

Before applying, potential applicants are encouraged to email the program director and respecialization coordinator, Dr. Kaira Hayes and Dr. Jim Persinger, respectively. Please include in your email a discussion of your background, degrees, credentials, work circumstances and location, preference for studies in Overland Park or Salina, and informal copies/scans of all transcripts. If you intend to practice outside of Kansas, be clear in what state you hope to license.

You will receive a response with an analysis of your likely fit for the program, and a semester-by-semester potential plan of study to help you understand how its logistics will apply to your circumstances. With that information, you can make a better informed decision about application.