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Earn a degree in School Psychology  

School Psychology is a dynamic branch of applied professional psychology concerned with learning and behavior. School Psychologists are uniquely trained school-based clinicians who merge principles of psychology and education to facilitate students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral growth and development. School Psychologists provide assessments, counseling and consultative services in a variety of educational settings such as elementary schools, high school, alternative and therapeutic schools, early childhood programs, juvenile detention facilities, and adult transitional programs. School Psychologists play an essential role in promoting student learning and helping teachers teach in both general education and special education settings. 

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator Tasha Banks.

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Program Outline

Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology at GSU is designed to equip professionals to deliver a continuum of direct and indirect services to children, families, educators and administrators to enhance student learning and social-emotional well-being. The program of study is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model with an emphasize on school-based service delivery that is empirically supported, data driven, and culturally competent.

The School Psychology Training Program is a four-year, part-time, cohort-based model providing future school psychologists with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to be effective school-based practitioners. The program provides students with experiential learning in both psychology and education. Graduates of the program earn a total of 66 credit hours resulting in the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in School Psychology, and will be eligible to apply for practice in Illinois. 

Degree Requirements: 

Phase I: Years 1 and 2

I. Educational and Psychological Foundations (12 Hours)   

PSYC 6606 Cognitive/Educational Psychology (3)

PSYC 6221 Psychopathology (3)

PSYC 6629 Seminar in Human Development (3)

PSYC 6635 Seminar in School Psychology (3)  

II. Data Based Decision Making and Assessment (18 Hours)    

PSYC 7620 Psychoeducational Lab (3)

PSYC 7625 Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention (3)

PSYC 7630 Diagnostic Lab I (3)

PSYC 7635 Psychodiagnostics I: Intelligence (3)

PSYC 7640 Diagnostic Lab II (3)

PSYC 7645 Psychodiagnostics II: Psychobehavioral (3)

III. Intervention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation (3 Hours)    

PSYC 7320 Theories of Psychotherapy (3)    

IV. Field Experiences (3 Hours)   

PSYC 8965 Practicum in School Psychology (3)

Phase I: 36 Hours - Culminates with the earning of the Master of Arts (MA) in School Psychology  


Phase II: Years 3 and 4:  

l. Educational and Psychological Foundations (6 Hours)       

PSYC 7240 Topics in Multicultural Psychology (3)

PSYC 8635 Neuropsychology: Brain and Behavior (3) 

II. Data Based Decision Making and Assessment (3 Hours) 

STAT 8260 Advanced Statistics in Behavioral Science (3)    

III. Intervention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation (12 Hours)      

COUN 7725 Family Systems: Theory and Practice (3)  

PSYC 7650 Crisis and Intervention Strategies for Schools (3)

PSYC 8858 Advanced Assessment and Intervention (3)  

PSYC 8930 Consultation and Program Evaluation (3) 

IV. Field Experiences (9 Hours)      

PSYC 8866 Advanced Practicum in School Psychology (3)

PSYC 8960 Internship in School Psychology I (3)  

PSYC 8961 Internship in School Psychology II (3) 

Phase II: 30 Hours - Culminates with the earning of the Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) in School Psychology   


School Psychology Program: 66 Hours Total  

Application Materials

Prerequisite Coursework:

To ensure that students are prepared for advanced coursework, the following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission (GSU courses are in parentheses):

  • Developmental Psychology (PSYC 2201) 
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3430) 
  • Cognitive, Behavioral, or Educational Psychology (PSYC 3520, PSYCH 4524, or EDUC 4440) 
  • Research Methods (PSYC 4750)
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences (STAT 2100, STAT 4720, or MATH 2100) 
  • Foundations of Education (EDUC 2310) 
  • Foundations of Special Education (SPED 4100, or SPED 2100)
  • Writing for Psychology (PSYC 3102, evaluation, or 4.5 on analytical writing section of GRE) 

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the program occurs annually (Fall only). Complete Admissions packets are accepted February 1st through March 15th. Meeting or exceeding the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. The minimum criteria for admission are described below. Incomplete application packets will NOT be reviewed for admission.

Please submit the following materials together in one envelope to the School Psychology Program Coordinator (G-313):  

1. University Application for Admission. Click here to apply online. 

2. $50 application fee

3. One set of official (unopened) transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.  

4. Proof of having taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within five years of intended admission. Applicants are recommended to have GRE combined scores of 316 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections (or a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1050 if taken prior to August 2011); and 4.5 on the analytical writing section. 

5. Evidence of satisfactory professional writing and analysis by one of the following:

a. A grade of "B" or higher in PSYC 3102 (Thinking and Writing in Psychology) or its equivalent;

b. A score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General test.

Applicants not meeting this criterion may have to complete PSYC 3102 or its equivalent prior to or upon admission to the program.

6. An essay outlining the applicant’s purpose in seeking a specialist degree in School Psychology and long-term goals.

7. Personal Reference Forms from three professionals/professors who can attest to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities in the field of School Psychology. (click here to download the form)

8. Completed Statement of Character Form. (click here to download the form)

9. Proof of basic competency met by one of the following:

    a. Official evidence of having passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) of the Illinois Certification Testing System;

    b. Official ACT Plus Writing score report demonstrating a composite score of at least 22;  

    c. Official SAT score report demonstrating a composite (mathematics and critical reading) score of at least 1030  

Note: The writing subtest must have been taken for the ACT or SAT; however, the writing score is not included in the composite score requirement for either test. To verify and submit your ACT/SAT score report to the State of Illinois, please contact Renee Zdych, Certification Officer at GSU, at

    d. Official evidence of having passed the previous Illinois Basic Skills Test (300, 400 or 096) within 10 years.

Note: If the applicant holds a valid Illinois Educator Certificate or License and the Illinois Basic Skills test was previously passed for this issuance, the TAP/ACT/SAT test will not be required. In this case, the applicant would need to supply an official copy of their Illinois Educator Certificate or License as verification.  

Additional Admission Requirements:

In addition to submitting the elements above for admissions consideration, applicants must:

1. Complete the specified prerequisite coursework (see below) with a grade of "B" or better. If these are not completed at the time of admission, they must be completed prior to attaining candidacy or taking courses for which they are prerequisite;

2. Complete an admission’s interview (if selected)

3. Pass an Illinois State Criminal Background check (only applicants approved to interview will need to complete this step)

Information Sessions

Information Sessions:

 Wednesday, September 21, 2016 & Wednesday, October 19, 2016
 Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: GSU Main Campus Room G261

 For more information, or to RSVP, please email

Academic Advising

Program Advisors

Academic advising is a learning process supported by a relationship of mutual respect and collaboration between advisor and advisee. Every student is assigned an advisor to help chart a path toward obtaining their academic goals in an efficient and effective manner.  

Every faculty member is also an advisor, and advice can be sought from a faculty member even if they are not your advisor.  Advisors work with students to assist them with reaching their academic goals. 

For more information, contact Program Advisor Maya Blackwell.