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Special Program
Graduate Program


Name: Dr. David Hurford
Phone: 620-235-4521

Psychology (EDS)

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Specialist in Education degree with a major in School Psychology. This program is designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to function effectively as school psychologists in special education cooperatives, public schools and institutional settings. All Ed.S. applicants must have a master's degree in a related field, including at least 10 hours of graduate work applicable to the area of school psychology. Full certification requires completion of this degree plus one school year of internship. This curriculum adheres to the standards established by the Kansas State Department of Education and to the curriculum recommendations of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Admission is competitive and limited to the number of practicum sites available.

Emphasis Areas

Emphasis areas include:

  • School Psychology

Program Outline

Options available for the degree include:

  • Option I: Thesis
    • This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
  • Option II: Research Problem
    • This option is designed to provide a research experience that can include a specific problem, creative and aesthetic efforts such as performances, exhibits, or creative programs, or an internship.

Required Courses

Admission Requirements

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Master's Degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE (Minimum of 141 Quantitative, 146 Vocabulary, and 3.5 Writing)
  • Departmental application
  • Consent for release of criminal background check
  • Personal Statement of career goals
  • Three completed professional recommendation forms