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Master of Science and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology

Program Director - Jennifer Kitson
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Programs Available:
Master's (M.S.) and Education Specialist
Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology

We are no longer accepting applications for the School Psychology program for 2016. We will be accepting applications for the School Psychology MS and EdS programs in January 2017, and will review completed applications and make priority acceptance decisions for applications received by March 15, 2017 for fall 2017 admission.

 

On-Campus Program Information

School Psychology Handbook (coming Fall ’15)
Program Overview
Opportunities in School Psychology
Admission Requirements
Program of Study
Financial Assistance
School Psychology Handbook (coming Fall ’15)

Virtual College (Online) Program Information

GetEducated.com recently named this program a “Best Buy.”
Program Overview
Opportunities in School Psychology
Admission Requirements
Program of Study
Financial Assistance
Frequently Asked Questions regarding applying to the School Psychology Programs at FHSU

On-Campus Program Information
School Psychology Handbook (coming Fall ’15)

Program Overview

Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in Kansas as well as other states. The program is comprised of two distinct degree options, the Master's degree (MS) in School Psychology and the Education Specialist degree (EdS) in School Psychology.

The full program (pursuing both MS and EdS) can be completed in two full years of study. During the first year in residence at the Hays campus, you'll complete your Master's Degree (MS) in School Psychology. During the second year of study, you'll complete a 600-hour practicum in a school district while completing requirements for the Specialist in Education (EdS) degree. You can also choose to only pursue the MS, and students who have already earned a master's degree in an associated profession can move directly to the EdS degree.

Opportunities in School Psychology

There are excellent job opportunities in the field of school psychology. Recent projections indicate that job prospects will continue to be excellent for many years (Davis et al., 2004). School Psychology was recently identified as one of the Best Careers in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information of the field of school psychology, check out the Web site of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Kansas Association of School Psychologists.

MS Admission Requirements

1) Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology or education (with 12 hours of course work from a Psychology Department). If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or education, additional undergraduate psychology coursework will be required.
2) Completed one statistics or research course with a "C" or better from any discipline.
3) A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

To apply for the program, applicants must provide the following (Application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School, not the Department of Psychology):

1) Scores from either the GRE or MAT (Scores must have been received in the past five years prior to your application date. There are no minimum score requirements.)
2) Two professional letters of recommendation.
3) Statement of intent, including career goals and your interest in the program and direct.
4) Transcripts from your undergraduate program.
5) A completed interview questionnaire.

*Please note that students admitted to the School Psychology Programs will be required to provide documentation of passing a background check to complete specific course work.

A completed file should be submitted to the FHSU Graduate School by March 15 for consideration of acceptance into the following academic Fall Semester.

Currently this program only has a FALL start date.

Downloadable application materials

 Ed.S. Admission Requirements

      The requirements below are minimum requirements for consideration of admission. Admission to the Ed.S. program is competitive, therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. All applicants must apply for admission to the Ed.S. program.

  1.  2 professional letters of recommendation (one from someone who can attest to competency, ethics, and ability to complete the Ed.S. coursework and internship; one from someone who has supervised the applicant in a group activity within a work or academic setting)
    • Applicant should advise their letter writers to include with the written recommendations:
      • cover letter addressing the applicant’s: (1) work ethic, (2) assessment skills, (3) professional ethics, (4) competency, and (5) ability to manage professional relationships
      • Provide a specific example of a difficult situation you have observed the applicant deal with effectively
      • Complete the interpersonal interactions rating table
  2. 3.0 GPA undergraduate coursework, and 3.25 GPA in graduate coursework
  3. No C or lower in graduate coursework (exception is C in statistics or experimental methods course)
  4. Interview (Skype or in person) (Department will contact you for the interview.)
  5. Master’s degree in psychology or a program of studies that is substantially equivalent to the coursework requirements of the FHSU MS concentration in School Psychology, including documentation of oral or written comprehensive exams. A secondary option to comprehensive exams is to provide scores from designated sections of the EPPP psychology exam. Please submit an email inquiry to SchoolPsychonline@fhsu.edu if you need information about the EPPP exam.
  6. If courses equivalent to the FHSU PSY 840 Appraisal of Children and PSY 880 Methods in School Psychology have not been taken within the past 3 years, they will need to be taken as a condition of admittance.
  7. GRE or MAT (scores must have been obtained in the past five years prior to your date of admission)
  8. Transcripts
  9. Vita
  10. Personal Statement (see supplemental material) including:
    • Statement of goals for the EdS program and future plans as a school psychologist
    • Other information the applicant would like us to know, which may provide the admissions committee with a more detailed picture of the applicant’s qualities
  11. Responses to vignette scenario questions (see supplemental material)

Program of Study

Students complete both a Master's (MS) degree and Specialist in Education (EdS) degree during the two-year course of study. The total number of hours required is 66.

 
MS School Psychology Program Requirements
PSY 670 Curriculum Based Measures (1 Credit Hours)
PSY 685 Behavior Therapy (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 810 Developmental Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 820 Advanced Learning and Motivation (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 830 Professional Ethics in Psych (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 840 Appraisal of Children (4 Credit Hours)
PSY 845 Experimental Methods (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 850 Inferential Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 880 Methods in School Psych (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 881 Observation in School Psych (1 Credit Hours)

Electives (to be selected from one of the recommended psychology graduate courses in the biological bases of behavior or child/family therapy, or a graduate level course approved by the school psych program director) (3 Credit Hours)


TOTAL HOURS: 30 Credit Hours

 
EdS School Psychology Program Requirements
SPED 802 Theories of Exceptionality (3 Credit Hours)
SPED 811 Characteristics of Early Childhood Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 875 Seminar Psychology II: Legal Issues in Schools (3 Credit Hours)
AEP 880 Cultural Diversity (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 981 Psychological Consultation in Schools (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 984 Practicum in School Psychology (9 Credit Hours

PSY 990 Porfolio (3 Credit Hours)         OR
PSY 999 Field Study (Thesis) (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (to be approved by School Psychology Director) (6 Credit Hours)

TOTAL HOURS: 36 Credit Hours
TOTAL HOURS MS and EdS: 66 Credit Hours     

Upon completion of the EdS program, a 1,200 supervised internship is completed.

Financial Assistance

You'll find that attending the school psychology program at FHSU is very affordable and it is an excellent investment in your future career. FHSU's graduate tuition rate is extremely competitive compared to other colleges and universities across the country. In addition, Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are available which provide tuition reduction as well as a stipend. Also, in the state of Kansas (and some other states as well) the full-year internship following graduation from the program is fully paid.

Virtual College (Online) Program Information
Program Overview

The Virtual College school psychology program is designed for those who are not able to attend classes on campus. The Master's program is designed to be completed in four semesters, with the addition of a 5-day campus workshop. Upon completion of the Master's degree, students may apply to continue into the Education Specialist in School Psychology program. Click here to view a PDF of the promotional brochure for the virtual School Psychology program. GetEducated.com recently named this online program a “Best Buy.”

The graduate program in school psychology at Fort Hays State University has a long history of preparing students for entry into the profession of school psychology with 66 hours of course work—completing the Master's program (30 hours) and continuing into the Education Specialist in School Psychology program (36 hours). Upon completion of the Education Specialist program you will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in Kansas as well as other states, as you complete a supervised internship of 1,200 hours.

Opportunities in School Psychology

There are excellent job opportunities in the field of school psychology at the present time. Recent projections indicate that job prospects will continue to be excellent for many years (Davis et al., 2004). School Psychology was recently identified as one of the Best Careers in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report. See the article here.

For more information of the field of school psychology, check out the Web site of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Kansas Association of School Psychologists.

MS Admission Requirements

1) Earned a bachelor's degree in psychology or education (with 12 hours of course work from a Psychology Department). If you do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or education, additional undergraduate psychology coursework will be required.
2) Completed one statistics or research course with a "C" or better from any discipline.
3) A 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA.

To apply for the program, applicants must provide the following (Application materials should be sent directly to the Graduate School, not the Department of Psychology):
1) Scores from either the GRE or MAT (Scores must have been received in the past five years prior to your application date. There are no minimum score requirements.)
2) Two professional letters of recommendation.
3) Statement of intent, including career goals and your interest in the program and direct.
4) Transcripts from your undergraduate program.
5) A completed interview questionnaire.
A completed file should be submitted to the FHSU Graduate School by March 15th for consideration for acceptance the same fall semester.

Click here for links to downloadable application materials.

Ed.S. Admission Requirements

The requirements below are minimum requirements for consideration of admission. Admission to the Ed.S. program is competitive, therefore, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. All applicants must apply for admission to the Ed.S. program.

  1.  2 professional letters of recommendation (one from someone who can attest to competency, ethics, and ability to complete the Ed.S. coursework and internship; one from someone who has supervised the applicant in a group activity within a work or academic setting)
    • Applicant should advise their letter writers to include with the written recommendations:
      • cover letter addressing the applicant’s: (1) work ethic, (2) assessment skills, (3) professional ethics, (4) competency, and (5) ability to manage professional relationships
      • Provide a specific example of a difficult situation you have observed the applicant deal with effectively
      • Complete the interpersonal interactions rating table
  2. 3.0 GPA undergraduate coursework, and 3.25 GPA in graduate coursework
  3. No C or lower in graduate coursework (exception is C in statistics or experimental methods course)
  4. Interview (Skype or in person) (The department will contact you for the interview.)
  5. Master’s degree in psychology or a program of studies that is substantially equivalent to the coursework requirements of the FHSU MS concentration in School Psychology, including documentation of oral or written comprehensive exams. A secondary option to comprehensive exams is to provide scores from designated sections of the EPPP psychology exam. Please submit an email inquiry to SchoolPsychonline@fhsu.edu if you need information about the EPPP exam.
  6. If courses equivalent to the FHSU PSY 840 Appraisal of Children and PSY 880 Methods in School Psychology have not been taken within the past 3 years, they will need to be taken as a condition of admittance.
  7. GRE or MAT (scores must have been obtained in the past five years prior to your date of admission)
  8. Transcripts
  9. Vita
  10. Personal Statement (see supplemental material) including:
    • Statement of goals for the EdS program and future plans as a school psychologist
    • Other information the applicant would like us to know, which may provide the admissions committee with a more detailed picture of the applicant’s qualities
  11. Responses to vignette scenario questions (see supplemental material)

 Program of Study

MS School Psychology Program Requirements
PSY 670 Curriculum-Based Measurement (1 Credit Hour)
PSY 685 Behavior Therapy (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 810 Developmental Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 820 Advanced Learning and Motivation (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 830 Professional Ethics in Psych (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 840 Appraisal of Children (4 Credit Hours)
PSY 845 Experimental Methods (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 850 Inferential Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 880 Methods in School Psych (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 881 Observation in School Psych (1 Credit Hour)

Electives (to be selected from one of the recommended psychology graduate courses in the biological bases of behavior or child/family therapy, or a graduate level course approved by the school psych program director) (3 Credit Hours)

TOTAL HOURS: 30 Credit Hours

EdS School Psychology Program Requirements
SPED 802 Theories of Exceptionality (3 Credit Hours)
SPED 811 Characteristics of Early Childhood Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 875 Seminar in Psychology II: Legal Issues in Schools (3 Credit Hours)
AEP 880 Cultural Diversity (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 981 Psychological Consultation in Schools (3 Credit Hours)
PSY 984 Practicum in School Psychology (9 Credit Hours)

PSY 990 Porfoio (3 Credit Hours) OR
PSY 999 Field Study (Thesis) (6 Credit Hours)

Electives (to be approved by School Psychology Director) (6 Credit Hours)

TOTAL HOURS: 36 Credit Hours
TOTAL HOURS MS and EdS: 66 Credit Hours

Upon Completion of the EdS program, a 1,200 supervised internship is completed.

Financial Assistance

You'll find that completing the school psychology program via the Virtual College at FHSU is very affordable and it is an excellent investment in your future career. FHSU's graduate tuition rate is extremely competitive compared to other colleges and universities across the country. In addition, competitive departmental scholarships are available. To apply online, visit the scholarship area of the Financial Aid page. Also, in the state of Kansas (and some other states as well) the full-year internship following graduation from the program is fully paid.

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