The master’s degree in Educational Psychology (School Psychology concentration) is designed as part of the Educational Specialist or Doctoral degree. Students in the EdS or PhD track earn a master’s degree along the way to their final degree upon completion of the master’s degree requirements. As such, the master's degree is not a terminal degree. Students must complete 30 graduate credits. Further, students in the EdS track must pass the master’s exam, and students in the PhD track must complete a master’s paper or thesis.

The School Psychology concentration incorporates the scientist-practitioner model and provides a concrete link between theory, research, and practice. The program prepares students for employment in school and mental health settings. Students are prepared to provide psychological services to children, adolescents, and families; to conduct research; and to empirically evaluate the efficacy of their psychoeducational interventions and assessment procedures.

The following degree options are available: Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology; Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology; and, a PhD in Educational Psychology: Specialization in School Psychology. The PhD Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Application

Before applying please see the Educational Psychology Website for department-specific application requirements.

Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of 3.00.
  2. At least 18 undergraduate credits in education or related social sciences. Applicants may be admitted with specific program-defined course deficiencies provided that the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. The student is expected to satisfy deficiency requirements within three enrolled semesters. No course credits earned in making up deficiencies may be counted as program credits required for the degree.
  3. Initial advisor assignment will be made by the area chair of the concentration to which the applicant has applied.

Credits and Courses

Students in the Educational Psychology MS - School Psychology concentration pursue either the Education Specialist (EdS) degree or the PhD degree. In order to better prepare students for their subsequent degree, there are two curriculum tracks to choose from.

Master’s Degree Requirements - EdS Track (31 credits minimum)
School Psychology Foundations
ED PSY 751Professional and Historical Issues in School Psychology3
ED PSY 752Developmental Psychopathology3
ED PSY 755Cognitive Assessment: School Age Children4
ED PSY 851Assessment and Interventions: Personality, Social and Emotional Functioning3
COUNS 805Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists3
ED PSY 760Academic Intervention and Alternative Assessment3
ED PSY 952Pediatric Psychology in Urban Settings3
Choose from the list below for 9 credits minimum9
Educational Statistics and Measurement
Educational Statistical Methods I
Educational Statistical Methods II
Techniques of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Development, Learning & Cognition
Cognition: Learning, Problem Solving and Thinking
Human Development: Theory and Research
Contexual Determinants of Motivation
Social Cognition in Educational Psychology
Total Credits31
Master’s Examination

Upon successful completion of 31 graduate credits, the student is eligible to become a candidate for the Master of Science in Educational Psychology. The master’s degree is awarded pending successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination.

Master’s Degree Requirements - PhD Track (31 credits minimum)
School Psychology Core
ED PSY 751Professional and Historical Issues in School Psychology3
ED PSY 755Cognitive Assessment: School Age Children4
ED PSY 752Developmental Psychopathology3
ED PSY 851Assessment and Interventions: Personality, Social and Emotional Functioning3
COUNS 805Consultation Strategies for Counselors and School Psychologists3
Educational Methods and Intervention Strategies
ED PSY 760Academic Intervention and Alternative Assessment3
Educational Statistics and Measurement
ED PSY 624Educational Statistical Methods I3-4
or ED PSY 724 Educational Statistical Methods II
ED PSY 720Techniques of Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Human Development & Learning
ED PSY 640Human Development: Theory and Research3
or ED PSY 735 Social Cognition in Educational Psychology
Research
ED PSY 790Research or Thesis3
Total Credits31-32
Master’s Thesis/Paper

Upon successful completion of 31 graduate credits, the student is eligible to become a candidate for the Master of Science in Educational Psychology. The master’s degree is awarded pending successful completion of a master’s thesis or paper.

Additional Requirements

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the Department Chair.

Thesis

Optional. Up to 6 degree credits may be awarded for thesis research.

Comprehensive Examination

The student who writes a thesis must pass a final oral examination in defense of that thesis. The student who does not write a thesis must pass a final oral or written comprehensive examination.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.