Department of School Psychology, Literacy, & Special Education


The mission of the Department of School Psychology, Literacy, and Special Education is to develop professional educators who contribute to and utilize research based assessments and interventions to produce effective and efficient learning outcomes for ALL individuals.

The Department of School Psychology, Literacy and Special Education offers the following graduate degrees: Education Specialist in School Psychology, Education Specialist in Special Education, Master of Education with Literacy Emphasis, Master of Education in Human Exceptionality and Master of Education in Deaf Education.

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Contact Information

David Mercaldo
Department Chair
Phone: (208) 282-4262

School Psychology

The Idaho State University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).


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The mission of the Idaho State University School Psychology Program is to support the educational, psychological, mental health, and social-emotional development of all students through the rigorous and systematic application of scientifically-based, problem-solving interventions and strategies. The context of training and practices of the School Psychology Program reflects a diverse and culturally sensitive approach that addresses child needs and promotes success for all learners.

The School Psychology faculty supports the scientist-practitioner model of training, and endeavor to exemplify this model through active, ongoing research and scholarly activities designed to improve and enhance the quality of the lives of children and their families. Through ongoing research and publication of scholarly works, the School Psychology faculty strives to contribute to the mission of the University, College of Education, the Department of School Psychology, Literacy and Special Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

In pursuit of this mission, we hold our faculty and students to the highest professional standards and direct our collective energies and resources to the fulfillment of standards that exemplify the training and practice of professional school psychology.

The ISU program is dedicated to promoting active problem-solving methodologies and evaluating effective interventions designed to further success and competence in the children and schools we serve.

Our program seeks to attract dedicated, full-time students who will contribute to the program and university in furthering our mission. Students who possess a strong commitment to helping children, families, schools, and communities are welcomed. If you wish to make a positive difference in the success of a child, call or e-mail us for more information.


The Literacy Education Program at Idaho State University offers classes for both undergraduate and graduate students. The undergraduate course offerings focus on children’s literature, literacy assessment, and reading and language arts methods. At the graduate level, we offer a Master’s degree that is designed to strengthen students’ understanding and knowledge in three areas as they pertain to literacy education: professional studies, specialty studies, and integrative field research studies.

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