Graduate Study in School Psychology

Program Director - Jennifer Kitson

Programs Available:

Master's (M.S.) and Education Specialist
Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology

On-Campus Program Information

Program Overview
Opportunities in School Psychology
Admission Requirements
Program of Study
Financial Assistance

Virtual Program Information

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



Program Overview

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. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in Kansas as well as other states.

The program 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 (M.S.) 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 (Ed.S.) degree. Students who have already earned a master's degree in an associated profession can move directly to the Ed.S. degree.


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.


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 15th for consideration for acceptance the same fall semester.

Click here for links to downloadable application materials


Program of Study

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

M.S. School Psychology Program Requirements

  • 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 670 Curriculum-Based Measurement (1 Credit Hour)
  • 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

Ed.S. School Psychology Program Requirements

  • SPED 801 Legal/Professional Issues in Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
    OR AEP 850 School Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • SPED 802 Theories of Exceptionality (3 Credit Hours)
  • SPED 811 Characteristics of Early Childhood Special Education (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 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 M.S. and Ed.S.: 66 Credit Hours


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 Program Information

 


Program Overview

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. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in Kansas as well as other states.

The Virtual school psychology program is designed for those who are not able to attend classes on campus. With only two - 3 day advanced workshops on campus required, students can complete the program from their location. As the program begins in Fall 2012, it will initially be designed for part-time coursework. The Master's program is designed to be completed in four semester, with the addition of two summer workshops. 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.


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.


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 April 15th for consideration for acceptance the same fall semester.

Click here for links to downloadable application materials


Program of Study

M.S. School Psychology Program Requirements

  • 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 670 Curriculum-Based Measurement (1 Credit Hour)
  • 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

Ed.S. School Psychology Program Requirements

  • SPED 801 Legal/Professional Issues in Special Education (3 Credit Hours)
  • SPED 802 Theories of Exceptionality (3 Credit Hours)
  • SPED 811 Characteristics of Early Childhood Special Education (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 997 Portfolio (6 Credit Hours)
  • Electives (to be approved by School Psychology Director) (6 Credit Hours)

TOTAL HOURS: 36 Credit Hours
TOTAL HOURS M.S. and Ed.S.: 66 Credit Hours


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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