Program Details

Education Specialist degree in School Psychology.

Emporia, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
School Psychology

Program Overview

Program Description:

A degree program must be completed and approved before the second term of enrollment.

A thesis committee consisting of two faculty members from the student's field and one member outside the field will need to be selected. Students are required to take an oral examination over their thesis area and research.   Candidates who choose the non-thesis option must select a school psychology faculty member to serve as an Ed.S. project advisor prior to enrolling in the PY 844 Ed.S. project option.

For Non-Degree Seeking Students: A student may not apply more than 12 graduate hours taken as a non-degree student to a graduate program in the department. In addition, these courses must also meet the seven year time limit established by the Graduate Council.  

Applicants who have been rejected for admission must complete all background deficiencies and repeat undergraduate courses to raise the GPA on the last 60 hours to 3.25 before reapplying to the graduate program.

The student must apply for degree candidacy after completing between 6 and 15 hours of course work. A student must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis, practicum, or internship.

One academic year of supervised experience (internship) is required before the student may be recommended for full licensure as a school psychologist. The student may be given recommendation for provisional licensure as a school psychologist after completion of the Ed.S degree. This includes completion of all MS and Ed.S course requirements. If a provisionally licensed student takes a position as a school psychologist in a school system that also employs a fully licensed and experienced school psychologist, this year may serve as a paid internship. This arrangement is possible only if the student takes a position in Kansas where adequate supervision can be maintained by the university. At least 50% of the internship must be completed in a public school setting.

Procedure for Licensure
Recommendation to the State Department of Education is made by Emporia State University. Recommendation for initial approval cannot be obtained until all courses except the internship on the degree and certification plan have been completed. Grades of B or above must be earned to receive the recommendation. Final approval for full licensure requires the completion of one school year's internship.

The residency requirement for the Specialist in Education degree is one full semester as a regularly enrolled full-time student or one summer session for at least five weeks on campus. The student is encouraged to consult the Graduate Catalog for additional details pertaining to the Specialist in Education degree, as well as all other graduate programs offered by ESU.

Additional Program Information

National Association of School Psychologists
Financial Aid:
Admission requirements for the Ed.S. program are the same as M.S. except 20 instead of 24 hours of undergraduate psychology course work is required including either Experimental Psychology or Foundations of Psychology. If applicants are not licensed as a regular classroom teacher, they must complete the Survey of Exceptionality course and an approved field experience with exceptional students concurrently while taking course work in the MS program. Admission to the Ed.S. program requires the following: 1. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 3.5; 2. Letter of educational goals and professional interests; 3. One letter of recommendation; 4. If the master's degree was awarded by Emporia State University, then the student will not be required to repeat the Graduate Essay Examination of The Teachers College.
International Requirements:
For international student admissions, please visit our International Education web site.