School Psychology, Master of Education/Education Specialist

Educational Specialist Degree for School Psychology Program

The School Psychology Program is a specialist-level program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and meets Ohio Department of Higher Education and CAEP training standards. It is a full-time program that requires 78 semester hours of continuous full-time study. The program follows a scientist-practitioner training model and is advised by a committee comprised of the core faculty, part-time faculty, pupil service directors, and practicing school psychologists. Candidates are required to follow a prescribed sequence of coursework beginning with the fall semester following acceptance into the program. Individuals admitted to the program during the preceding fall semester may begin coursework in the spring semester. Field experiences are an integral part of this program beginning with the first year. Students are required to have one day per week available during Year I and two days per week available during Year II. The third-year internship requires a full-time, five-day-per-week commitment. In the event that the student is unable to complete the Internship during the third year of the program, an internship placement may not be available during the fourth year or subsequent years. Individuals unable to complete the internship during the third year in the program must notify the School Psychology Coordinator in person and in writing at least one semester prior to the scheduled internship placement. The School Psychology Program must be completed within three but no more than four years on a full-time basis.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate major in psychology or education (equivalent to the training necessary for Ohio teacher credential). Related undergraduate majors may be considered.
  • Successful personal interview with the Program Faculty.
  • Completion of a school psychology questionnaire.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in an advanced studies graduate program. At least one reference should be from a university faculty member highly familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and professional characteristics.
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively with people.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to accept assigned field placements.

Course Requirements for the M.Ed.

ED 519THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER

3

ED 503ORIENTATION TO ED ENVIRONMENT

3

ED 530TESTS & MEASUREMENTS

3

ED 532DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

3

ED 534LEARNING-TEACHING

3

ED 536APSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

3

ED 536BPSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION

3

ED 540ROLE&FUNCTION SCH PSYCHOLOGIST

3

CG 561COUNSELING THEORIES

3

CG 562COUNSELING TECHNIQUES/PRACTICE

3

ED 503: or ED 451 or PS 457 for those with an undergraduate Education major; see below

CG 554: beginning with Fall 2018 cohort; previous cohorts take CG 562 Counseling Techniques and Practice

ED 503: For incoming students with an undergraduate major in psychology, ED 503 (Orientation to the Education Environment) must be taken. Students who hold a valid Ohio teaching license or professional education degree must take PS 457 (Psychopathology) or ED 451 (Theories of Personality) in place of ED 503 (Orientation to the Education Environment).

The master’s degree in School Psychology is conferred upon the satisfactory completion of the above courses and a comprehensive examination.

NOTE: A master’s degree or doctoral degree in another area cannot be accepted in lieu of the M.Ed. in School Psychology. Graduate coursework to be considered for transfer credit should be petitioned by the student following admission to the program. Consult this Bulletin, for information regarding procedures and policies for transferring coursework.

Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology

The Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology (Ed.S.) will be awarded to each School Psychology licensure candidate upon successful completion of all required courses, a passing score on the state licensure examination, residency requirements for the specialist level of training in School Psychology (3 continuous years of full-time study; 4 years with program approval).

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Learning Goals

Contexts:

  1. Applies understanding of professional practices across diverse settings.
  2. Assumes responsibility for professional development that reinforces compliance with standards to augment the delivery of quality services to school personnel, students, and families.
  3. Demonstrates an understanding of schools as systems by working collaboratively with school personnel to facilitate the development and implementation of practices that promote positive student learning and adjustment.
  4. Employs a data-based decision making model to the development and monitoring of effective services to children and youth.
  5. Utilizes a systematic approach for the development and monitoring of academic intervention and instructional supports.
  6. Utilizes a systematic approach for the development and monitoring of mental health services and interventions that foster social skills.

Learner Development:

  1. Makes data-based decisions consistent with professional standards and evidence-based clinical practice.
  2. Utilizes knowledge of client/student characteristics to facilitate effective instructional and intervention planning.

Practice:

  1. Integrates content and pedagogical knowledge with evidence-based clinical practice.
  2. Utilizes a variety of educational resources to meet student needs.
  3. Implements evidence-based academic, social, and behavioral interventions.
  4. Ensures integrity in the implementation of instructional practices and interventions.
  5. Communicates effectively to support team-based intervention development and implementation.

Person:

  1. Serves in leadership roles on school- or district-level instructional and intervention teams.
  2. Conducts and disseminates research that contributes to the profession.
  3. Assumes responsibility for professional development that reinforces compliance with standards to augment the delivery of quality services to school personnel, students, and families.
  4. Conducts and disseminates research that contributes to the profession.
  5. Demonstrates an understanding of schools as systems by working collaboratively with school personnel to facilitate the development and implementation of practices that promote positive student learning and adjustment.
  6. Conducts and disseminates research that contributes to the profession
  7. Demonstrates effective consultation skills with school personnel to collaboratively develop, implement, and evaluate interventions and programs.

Course requirements for the Ed.S.

In addition to the above courses leading to the M.Ed., the following courses must also be completed for School Psychology licensure and the Ed.S. degree:

ED 502RESEARCH METHODS

3

ED 533INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS

3

ED 541CHILD PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

3

ED 543PRACTICUM EXP:SCH PSYCHOLOGY

3

ED 554MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION

3

ED 578LITERACY ASSESS & INTERV MODEL

3

ED 590PRACTICUM:PSYCH-ED DIAG/INTERV

3

ED 592CONSULTATION SKILLS

3

ED 593SEMINAR IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

1

ED 597

CG 535GROUP PROCEDURES

3

The number and availability of internship placements (ED 597) may be restricted from year to year. Criteria and procedures for determining placements are located in the Program Handbook. Failure to accept an internship placement as planned may result in losing the opportunity for this experience due to the number of placements available. Candidates accepting a state-paid internship must agree in writing to provide one year of service as a School Psychologist in the State of Ohio.

The Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology (Ed.S.) will be awarded to each School Psychology licensure candidate upon successful completion of all required courses, a passing score on the state licensure examination, residency requirements for the specialist level of training in School Psychology (3 continuous years of full-time study; 4 years with program approval).