This online distance-learning hybrid program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements. Appropriate candidates for the program are educators or those working in education, counseling, mental health or psychology-related fields. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program earn their Educational Specialist Degree and receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Students are encouraged to seek national certification through preparation of individual portfolios.
Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (e.g., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and home-school collaboration); and research (methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the individual, school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship.
We admit one cohort per year and new cohorts begin classes mid-June.
Beginning in 2018, our program application deadline is February 1st.
Applicants are informed of their status by April 15th.
To be considered for this program, you:
- Must have a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded credits. The Graduate Admission Committee may recommend a limited number of other students with a lower GPA to the Dean of Graduate Studies for admission based upon standard test scores, intervening experiences and other relevant factors.
- Must meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
- Must submit online application to the Ed.S in School Psychology Respecialization Program and upload a vitae/résumé.
- Must provide contact information for three professional references (in the application) who will be contacted by Graduate Studies with a link to the recommendation form.
- Must have completed either: (a) A master's or other graduate degree in psychology, education or a closely related field or its equivalent or (b) A bachelor's degree and at least three years of full-time experience teaching in school or (c) A bachelor's degree and at least five years of relevant professional experience in a closely related field.
- Students with bachelor's degrees must submit scores for the Graduate Record General Examination (GRE) Test. Students with master's or other graduate degrees do not need to submit GRE scores.
- It is expected that a student complete all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology before registering for classes.
Applying Out of State
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