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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology

Specialist in Education: School Psychology


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On internship with supervisor.
A School Psychology student works with a child.
Internship meeting.
Students and Dr. Myers present at the National Association of School Psychologists
School graduate students on internship meet with school personnel.
School Psychology graduate students "bond" on the steps.
The School Psychology Graduate Students
School Psychology Awareness Week Bake Sale 2013
School Psychology Awareness Week Bake Sale 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Jones and school psychology student Sean Reeder present a poster at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
School Psychology faculty and student "network" with famous names at the NASP conference in Washington.
School psychology student Sean Reeder explains his research to an attendee at NASP.
School psychology students at the NASP conference
Clinical and school faculty meet with community groups to explore additional graduate options.
Lauren Martin is a graduate of our School Psychology Ed.S. program and is currently employed as a school psychologist for the Warren County Schools. Lauren defended her dissertation March 27, 2014.

Course Requirements

"It is challenging but the professors are encouraging and positive." -- program graduate

The 67 graduate hours consist of lecture courses, practica, an internship, and a specialist project. Undergraduate, remedial coursework, and coursework designed to remove deficiencies in meeting requirements for program admission are excluded from credit to the school psychology degree.

All courses required by this program are designed to fulfill certification requirements as set forth by the Kentucky Department of Education and accreditation requirements as specified by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). A typical course sequence is as follows: (All courses are 3 credit hours unless noted differently.)

First Year, Fall Semester:

  • Psy 511 Psychology of Learning
  • PsyS 521 Advanced Child Development
  • Psy 560 Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning: Theories and Issues
  • Psy 562 Practicum - Psychological Assessment

First Year, January Term:

  • Psy 541 Professional Issues & Ethics in Psychology

First Year, Spring Semester:

  • Psy 519 Psychological Perspectives on Classroom Behavior
  • Psy 562 Practicum - Psychological Assessment
  • Psy 641 Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Psy 643 Academic Assessment & Intervention

Summer after first year:

  • Psy 540 Behavior Problems of Childhood & Adolescence
  • EDFN 501 Educational Statistics

Second Year, Fall Semester

  • Psy 514 Program Evaluation
  • Psy 545 Clinical Child Psychology: Theory & Intervention
  • Psy 561 Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings
  • Psy 662 Practicum - Field Placement (2 hours)
  • Psy 699 Specialist Project (1 hour)

Second Year, Spring Semester

  • Psy 510 Advanced Educational Psychology
  • Psy 625 Seminar in School Psychology
  • Psy 645 Consultation in Education & Mental Health Settings
  • Psy 662 Practicum - Field Placement (2 hours)
  • Psy 699 Specialist Project (1 hour)

Third Year

  • Psy 592 Psychology Internship (3 credits per semester)
  • Psy 699 Specialist Project (2 credits per semester)

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Graduate Course Descriptions

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