Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.)
The Educational Specialist in School Psychology Program was fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists since 2008. The Educational Specialist program is designed for persons who have completed a master's degree and wish to increase their skills for advanced certification requirements or other professional objectives. The Ed. S. level is the minimum preparation for school psychologists and directors of special education in most states. Completion of the Ed.S program requirements can lead to licensure as a school psychologist by the Idaho Department of Education.
The School Psychologist is a professional operating within the school system, collaborating with professional educators, students, parents, and the community-at-large to improve psychosocial and academic success of all students. Primary goals of the program are grounded in research-based best practices promulgated by the National Association of School Psychologists Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists (NASP 2010). These standards represent an integrated and comprehensive model by which program content and experiences provided to school psychologists in training may be effectively organized and provided. These goals are:
- Diagnostic Goal: The school psychologist will select, administer and interpret the results of various psychological instruments designed to evaluate a broad spectrum of human traits and characteristics, and make specific recommendations to provide insight and direction in dealing with the problem situation.
- Interventive Goal: The school psychologist will provide direct service to students in such areas as academic skills and performance, life and social skills, social-emotional and behavioral disorders and conditions.
- Consultation Goal: The school psychologist will consult with administrators, teachers, other professionals, and parents regarding a wide variety of psychosocial, behavioral, academic and social-emotional problems affecting educational performance and life success.
- Research Goal: The school psychologist will gather and analyze data in a systematic way utilizing experimental, developmental psychology, and statistical skills and competencies for contributing to existing knowledge in his or her field.
- Problem Solving Goal: The school psychologist will act as a problem-solver, trained in using systematic methodologies of identifying and defining problems/concerns, determining best practice interventions and applying them, and using data-based decision-making to ascertain the impact upon presenting problems and concerns of the student.
Candidates for the Educational Specialist in School Psychology must meet all college and university requirements for admission and retention. Preference is given to applicants with an undergraduate major in psychology or education (including special education), a GPA above 3.00, and combined verbal and quantitative scores above 800 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applications must include three letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest and goals. Complete application materials, including transcripts and test scores, must be received by January 1st to be considered for summer semester admission. Our program admits about six students each year. Please see our program application for more details.
Our students usually enter the program with a Bachelor degree and complete their M.Ed. of School Psychological Examiner before being accepted to continue their study toward an Ed.S. degree. Other master’s degree majors in a closely related field may be approved upon recommendation of the selection committee. However, they may be required to take additional, prerequisite coursework.
All post-master’s degree course work must be taken from members of the Idaho State University graduate faculty or be approved in advance by the graduate faculty. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required over all course work taken in the Ed. S. program. An oral examination covering the specialist paper, portfolio, and/or relevant topics is required.
All requirements for the Ed.S. must be completed within a period of five years from the date of completion of the first post-master’s degree course to be applied toward the degree.
School Psychology Major
The Ed. S. in School Psychology is designed to be consistent with the minimum entry-level requirements in the field of school psychology as presented by the National Association of School Psychologists. A master's degree as a school psychological examiner or its equivalent is required. The Ed. S. is viewed as a practitioner's degree and will focus on applied activities.
The Ed. S. candidate must complete a minimum of 64 credits in School Psychology, including the master degree and 6 credits for the supervised specialist-level internship experience (1200 hours). The following is the courses and sequence:
M.Ed. School Psychological Examiner (31 credits)
Summer Semester (9 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6660 Seminar in School Psychology (3 cr)
SCPY 6672 Problem-Solving Intervention in Schools (3 cr)
EDUC 6602 Theories of Learning (3 cr)
Fall Semester (12 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6619 Individual Intelligence Testing (3 cr)
SCPY 6673 Response to Intervention Methods (3 cr)
EDUC 6610 Applied Educational Statistics (3 cr)
EDUC 6601 Research and Writing (3 cr)
Spring Semester (10 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6682 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Schools (3 cr)
SCPY 6668 Practicum: Intro to School Psych, SPED & LD (3 cr)
SCPY 6657 Legal and Ethical Issues in School Psychology (2 cr)
SCPY 6657 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology (2 cr)
M.Ed. School Psychologist (33 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6615 Advanced Child Psychology & Development (3 cr)
SCPY 6652 Specialist Paper (3 cr)
Fall Semester (9 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6616 Psychological Assessment (3 cr)
SCPY 6665 Clinical School Psychology (3 cr)
SCPY 6669 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology (3 cr)
Spring Semester (12 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6662 Consultation in the Schools (3 cr)
SCPY 6663 Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing in Schools (3 cr)
SCPY 6664 Neurocognition and Learning (3 cr)
SCPY Advanced Practicum in School Psychology (3 cr)
Ed.S. Internship Fall and Spring (6 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6759 Ed.S Internship Fall (3 cr)
SCPY 6759 Ed.S Internship Spring (3 cr)
Total 64 Credits
Note 1: This plan of study has been approved by the COE and is waiting for the final approval from the Graduate School.
Note 2: Students must enroll in practicums to reach a specified level of client contact, supervision, and additional experience hours. Placements must have prior approval of the school psychology faculty. Students must successfully complete one semester of SCPY 6668 Practicum: Intro to School Psychology, SPED & LD before enrolling in SCPY 6669: Advanced Practicum in School Psychology (6 credits in total for Fall and Spring semester).
Students will also prepare a School Psychology Portfolio. The Portfolio will be presented and defended in the Oral Examination. The School Psychology Praxis II Exam needed to complete successfully during the Ed.S. course of study.