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Psychology - School Psychology Concentration

Psychology - School Psychology Concentration

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Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs and scholarships.

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Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU faculty and real experiences for the real world.

This 30-credit hour program offers coursework both online and on campus, emphasizing a diverse range of topics addressing student needs. The Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology requires 15 credit hours of core curriculum, with an additional 15 credit hours School Psychology.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for the EdS in School Psychology program. 

Completion of the EdS program is necessary to earn a School Psychology license in the state of Kansas.

Only students seeking licensure as a school psychologist should apply for and complete the School Psychology concentration.

Master of Science in Psychology, School Psychology Concentration

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Psychology with the School Psychology Concentration requires 15 credit hours of core curriculum, with an additional 15 credit hours in School Psychology. 

Core Curriculum (15 hrs)

PY 836
or PY 827
School-Based Prevention / Intervention Mental Health
or Seminar in Psychopathology
3 hrs
PY 812
or ER 857
Foundations of Assessment in Special Education / Student Support
or Statistics Methods for Education & Psychology II
3 hrs
PY 722
or PY 750
Theories of Learning
or Advanced Educational Psychology
3 hrs
ER 851
or PY 760
Research Design & Writing
or Practical Research Methods & Analysis for School & Applied Psychologists
3 hrs
PY 811 Seminar in Human Growth and Development 3 hrs
Total Core Curriculum Hours 15 hours

School Psychology Concentration (15 hrs)

PY 835 Seminar in School Psychology 3 hrs
PY 841 Assessment of Intelligence 3 hrs
PY 860 Leading Processes to Meet Diverse Student/Needs 3 hrs
SD 700 Characteristics of High Incidence Disabilities 3 hrs
PY 714 Assessing Young Children with Special Needs 3 hrs
Total Concentration Hours 15 hours

Master of Science in Psychology, School Psychology Concentration
Total Hours = 30 hrs


Students seeking acceptance into the graduate degree programs for Master of Science in Psychology, regardless of concentration, must first be admitted to the Graduate School of the University. This occurs by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Submission of a "Graduate Admission to Graduate Study" form online at

  2. Submission of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

  3. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

  4. A grade point average of not less than 3.0 overall, or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours.

  5. Course prerequisites: A minimum of 15 semester hours of background courses in undergraduate psychology (not including introductory psychology), or the content of those courses completed via course equivalents as determined by core program faculty. This must include work in statistics or psychological testing, descriptive and/or experimental research methods, human development, learning theory (or a cognitive or educational psychology course equivalent to a learning theory course), and abnormal psychology.  It is not uncommon that some prerequisite course work is missing for applicants; certain aspects may be met concurrently with the MS in Psychology program.

  6. Three letters of recommendation via the online form here from professionals who can comment on the applicant’s potential for completing advanced graduate studies. Additional letters (e.g., from friends or family members), which address issues you believe relevant may also be submitted, but the application is not complete without the three letters from professionals that provide the information requested in the form.

  7. A statement of purpose or letter of intent. The purpose of the letter of intent is to introduce yourself to the committee, make clear you understand the profession of school psychology, and should demonstrate you have the academic background, maturity, and diligence to succeed in the program. This helps the admission committee understand the context of the application and facilitates admissions decisions. You should also discuss any experience or background relevant to your interest in pursuing school psychology as a profession, and should explain anything in the application materials you believe should be elaborated upon.

  8. International Students must have a satisfactory English proficiency test score submitted as part of their application to be admitted into the program and before they will be allowed to take classes. The following English proficiency tests will be accepted so long as the listed minimum test score (or higher) is obtained: 1)TOEFL = 567, 2) TOEFL iBT = 86, 3) TOEFL CBT = 227, or 4) IELTS = 6.5

Application Deadline:  Although applications are accepted year-round, in order to offer applicants an assurance that an admissions decision and enrollment may begin on the desired schedule, applications should meet specified deadlines. Applications should be completed by February 1 to assure that a program of study may begin during the fall or summer semester, and October 1st for a program of study which begins during the spring semester. Materials arriving after those dates will be given due consideration, but an admissions decision may not be completed in time for enrollment during the desired semester.

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Physical Address

Department of Psychology
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 327

Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801