School Psychology

"School psychology is a great career to go into. I think in some aspects you can advocate for students to a much larger degree than other educational professionals. You also have the ability to really make a positive impact in the building where you work. This is largely due to the depth of knowledge you have in learning and interventions that can make a difference to the individual student but also at the organizational level. It is not an easy endeavor but I really think well worth it."

Craig McDaniel
Director of Residential Clinical Services,

This program leads to the Specialist in Education (EdS) degree in school psychology. School psychologists collaborate with educators and families to help ensure the academic, social, behavioral, and emotional progress of children and youth in schools.

As school practitioners, school psychologists share their consultation, assessment, intervention, and research expertise with youth, families, and educators to promote healthy cognitive, social, and emotional development.

The program coursework prepares a student for the PRAXIS licensure exam required by the State of Kansas for application for a School Psychologist license. Completion of the PRAXIS licensure exam with a passing score is required by the State of Kasas for a candidate applying for a School Psychologist license.


Excellent job prospects upon graduation

For the past several years, all graduates of WSU's School Psychology program have become employed upon graduation.

Entry into a satisfying career
In 2016, US News and World Report ranked School Psychology as #2 in Social Services jobs and #57 in the 100 Best Jobs.
Dual programming
Program graduates will have earned the EdS degree in School Psychology and will be eligible for certification/licensure as a school psychologist.
Nationally-approved program
The EdS program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
State-approved program
The Kansas State Department of Education has approved WSU's School Psychology program.
Flexible programming
  •  Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings so students can work full time while completing the degree.  Some courses are offered in online/hybrid formats and summer courses are available.
  • Students can enter the 60-hour program after obtaining an undergraduate degree and can move through the program in two to three years going fulltime.  Or students may choose to attend part time.
  • Students with an earned Master's in a related field can enter the 39-hour program and go full time or part time.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate option
Students admitted to the School Psychology program may pursue the ABA Certificate concurrently or after program completion. 

Degree Requirements

The School Psychology Educational Specialist in Education (EdS) consists of 60 graduate hours if entering after obtaining an undergraduate degree or 39 graduate hours if entering with an earned Master's in a related area.  A review of transcripts to determine if a candidate's prior Master's degree course work satisfies the prerequisite course requirements of the 39-hour program will be done after a completed application has been submitted.


Required courses for students starting Fall 2019 and beyond
  • CESP 704 - Introduction to Educational Statistics*
  • CESP 728 - Theories of Human Development*
  • CESP 803 - Counseling Theory*
  • CESP 824 - Techniques of Counseling*
  • CESP 835 - Psychopathology and the DSM*
  • CESP 840 - Introduction to School Psychology and Exceptional Children*
  • CESP 853 - Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • CESP 854 - Individual Achievement Assessment
  • CESP 855 - Individual Intelligence Assessment
  • CLES 861 - Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment
  • CESP 859 - Curriculum Based Academic Assessment and Interventions
  • CESP 914 - Consultation Techniques
  • CESP 821 - Multicultural Issues*
  • CLES 715 - Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
  • CESP 858 - Research, Program Evaluation, and Assessment
  • CESP 946 - Practicum in School Psychology
  • 9 credit hours of elected courses are required


  • CESP 977 - Internship in School Psychology
    • A 4-credit-hour requirement for full licensure taken post-degree.

*These courses may be waived if satisfied by prior Master’s degree coursework.

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"The school psychology program at WSU provided outstanding preparation for my career. I had the opportunity to apply what I was learning in the classroom to real life situations. I learned and utilized intervention strategies that would later be invaluable to my career. Dr. McKellar and Dr. Unruh were both mentors and outstanding role models. Our job as school psychologists is to advocate for children and I cannot think of better advocates. Dr. McKellar and Dr. Unruh are truly passionate about the profession and their compassion for children permeates throughout their teaching. They ensure their students are thoroughly prepared to enter the workforce with a supreme skill set. My career would not be the same if it weren't for Dr. McKellar and Dr. Unruh. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from them."

Tera Bird
School Psychologist,
Wichita Public Schools

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the School Psychology Educational Specialist program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

*Evidence of academic competence can be provided in one of the following ways:
  1. GPA of 3.00 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 150 or higher for each GRE subsection (Verbal and Quantitative), and a GRE score of 4.0 or higher for the Analytical Writing subtest; or
  3. A score on the Miller's Analogy Test equal to the national mean at the time of taking the test (400).

Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the Department, it will request:

  • References: Reference letters from three individuals who know the applicant professionally or academically and have some basis for commenting on his or her probable success as a school psychologist.
  • Résumé
  • Goal Statement: A one-page statement of the applicant's professional goals.
  • Interview: An interview with faculty is required of all applicants either in person or by Skype or other technology.

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning admission decisions for the school psychology educational specialist.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by navigating to Step 5 hereClick here for information on how you will be notified of your admission decision.

WSU Psychology students applying for the 60-hour program who have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA and a recommendation from their academic advisor may enter the School Psychology program without the other admissions requirements (additional letters of recommendation, test scores). Students will still need to interview with the EdS program faculty prior to admission.

WSU Educational Psychology Master's students applying to the 39-hour program who have a 3.0 or higher graduate GPA and a recommendation from their academic advisor may enter the School Psychology program without the other admissions requirements (additional letters of recommendation, test scores). Students will still need to interview with the EdS program faculty prior to admission.

Background Check Requirement

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the School Psychology program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.