School Psychology - Ed.S., M.Ed. and Ph.D.

COLLEGE: College of Education, Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT: School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
405 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2294
Fax:
Web: www.kent.edu/ehhs/ldes/index.cfm

For more information contact:
Richard Cowan
405 White Hall
330-672-2294
rcowan1@kent.edu

DESCRIPTION: Students entering the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Psychology are expected to complete either an Educational Specialist or a Ph.D. Upon successful completion of the M.Ed., students matriculate into either the Ed.S. or Ph.D. program (depending on the program of study the applicant is admitted into) without an additional application procedure. Applicants with a previous master's degree may apply directly to either the Ed.S. or Ph.D. program.

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology prepares students to work effectively with school personnel, parents and children in (a) the assessment of academic, social and behavioral functioning, (b) consultation, and (c) the implementation of interventions geared toward both prevention and remediation.

The Ph.D. in School Psychology is committed to a scientist-practitioner model of training, which conceptualizes school psychologists as data-oriented problem-solvers and transmitters of psychological knowledge and skill.  As such, students draw upon the scientific literature as a primary basis for professional practice and focus their research agendas to have meaningful implications for practice.

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Official transcript(s), GRE, goal statement, two letters of recommendation, sample of written work, résumé. or vita, SPSY Vita (online document), good moral character verification and interview.
GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:

M.Ed.: The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree requires a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate coursework including at least 16 semester hours at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. M.Ed. students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the degree.

Ed.S.:
Upon admission to the Ed.S. degree program, students will be assigned an advisor.

Ph.D.: Please refer to the program and college doctoral handbooks for information about graduation requirements.
CULMINATING REQUIREMENTS:
Ed.S.: An academic year internship under supervision of the faculty and a qualified school psychologist in public schools is required. Course requirements need to be successfully completed prior to the internship.

Ph.D.: Please refer to the program doctoral handbook for a description of all culminating experiences, including doctoral internship.

CANDIDACY: Ph.D.: Once the student has successfully completed and orally defended his/her comprehensive exams, s/he is recommended for doctoral candidacy in line with all other program and college requirements.

THESIS/
DISSERTATION:
Ph.D.: Please refer to the program and college doctoral handbooks for a description of the dissertation requirements. 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: See program website for more information about faculty research interests.

PROGRAM FEE: None
ACCREDITATION: The KSU School Psychology Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS:
Every student in the KSU School Psychology Program is automatically a member of the KSU Chapter of Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP), a nationally recognized student organization focused on the unique aspects of training in the field of School Psychology.

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