Master of Science in School Psychology/Specialist in Education with a major in School Psychology

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 course work. The Master's program is designed to be completed in four semesters, 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.

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.

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.

M.S. School Psychology Program Requirements

  • PSY 685  Behavior Therapy  (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 810  Development 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 - Electives are 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 REQUIRED FOR M.S. DEGREE: 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 800 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 - Electives are selected  from one of the recommended graduate level courses approved by the school psychology program director. (6 Credit Hours)

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR Ed. S. DEGREE: 36 Credit Hours
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS M.S. AND Ed. S.: 66 Credit Hours

Program Overview
 
Contact Information
 
Mrs. Jennifer Kitson
Director of School Psychology
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: (785) 628-4405
Email: jjkitson@fhsu.edu
Web: Psychology

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