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Educational Specialist in School Psychology 

The EdS in School Psychology is a full-time, four-year training program to prepare you to become a professional school psychologist who assists learners, families, teachers and others to be successful. School psychologists work with those who have autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, mood or depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, antisocial behavior problems, adolescent substance use disorders and learning disabilities. Our graduates provide a range of diagnosis, assessments, intervention, therapy, program evaluation and system-level program development and evaluation as well as crisis intervention within educational institutions and various other settings. Program graduates are also eligible for National Certification in School Psychology from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and certification as school psychologists through the State Department of Education. 

Curriculum

Our program follows a practitioner-scientist model that clearly leads graduates to practice and research. We embed Science-Based Child and Learner Success (SBC/LS) orientation in the delivery of school psychology services in order to effect positive outcomes. 

 

The program requires approximately 53 hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, including a full-time, paid internship in the public schools during the last year. Our students also complete clinical training under faculty supervision in the School Psychology Center on the OSU campus.

 

Coursework preview:

 

  • Introduction to School Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Human Development in Psychology
  • Research, Design & Methodology 
  • Individual Intellectual Assessment of Children & Youth 
  • Parent & Family Intervention in School Psychology
  • Theories of Social Psychology 
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy with Children & Adolescents 

 

Research and Faculty

Our faculty actively encourage participation in research teams, which provide mentorship and create an educational environment of support and productivity. Currently our graduate students are heavily involved in two faculty-led intervention programs that directly support Oklahoma students, including Project Aware and the Oklahoma Tiered Intervention System of Support (OTISS). 

 

Faculty research expertise includes:

 

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  • Issues in child psychopathology
  • Psychoeducational assessment
  • Labeling bias 
  • Treatment-based assessment procedures
  • Functional assessment of academic deficits
  • Variables associated with treatment integrity 
  • Disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes among low socioeconomic status and linguistic-minority children
  • Development and refinement of psychological measures
  • Effectiveness of school-based interventions for children with autism 
  • Evidence-based behavioral prevention
  • Teacher consultation 
  • Measurement of effective teaching behaviors

 

Meet our departmental faculty

 

Admissions

Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis once per year and should be submitted by January 5 for fall admission consideration.

 

 To apply for the program, complete the following: 

 

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA and/or 3.5 minimum graduate GPA preferred) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • GRE scores within the last five years (verbal and quantitative score within the 40th percentile preferred) 
  • Personal and professional goal statement (three to five pages)
  • On-campus interview 
  • Professional writing sample

 

Cost & Assistance

Various teaching, research, practicum, School Psychology Center and faculty/program administrative support assistantships are available for students in the program. Assistantships are designed to provide financial support for full-time students and provide special skills that may be useful in future career endeavors. Students are matched with their areas of professional interest during their graduate assistantship, under the supervision of a faculty member.

 

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 

 

Cost

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