Jul 29, 2021  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Education Specialist - Educational Psychology

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Plan Description

Educational Psychology Ed.S. is based upon standards set forth by state and national accreditation organizations and is a nationally approved program. Students pursuing school psychology studies meet credential standards by completing at least 66 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s of required and elective graduate-level course work by completing the hours and 1,200 hours of supervised internship. Completion of this program of graduate study enables the student to receive state licensure as a school psychologist in Nevada and the opportunity to gain national certification.

The program adopts the scientist/practitioner model of school psychology. Courses and practica seek to integrate theory and applied skills for working in schools and other educational settings. The primary goal of the school psychology program is to prepare professional school psychologists who can apply psychological principles to ameliorate cognitive, learning, behavioral, and other school related problems of children and adolescents.

Learning Outcomes


Plan Admission Requirements

Students are admitted each spring to begin the following fall. Applicants must have a 2.75 undergraduate GPA with the last two years GPA of 3.0. The GRE must also be taken, with preference given to applicants who score at or above the 50% percentile on both the verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE. The admission process begins with applications submitted to the Graduate College and to the program

Admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Graduate College online application
  2. Department application
  3. Preference is given to students whose scores relate to the 50th percentile or better on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or other professionals who can evaluate the potential to complete graduate study
  5. One-page career goals statement which also serves as a sample of the applicant’s writing skills
  6. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 67

Course Requirements 

Psychology/Educational Foundations Courses – Credits: 16

EPY 701 - Proseminar in Educational Psychology 

EPY 711 - Human Growth and Development 

EPY 712 - Foundations of Learning and Cognition 

ESP 701 - Introduction to Special Education and Legal Issues 

EPY 788 - Seminar in EPY 

EPP 760 - Psychoeducational Issues of Diverse Learners 

Assessment & Intervention Courses – Credits: 22

EPY 705 - Child Counseling 

EPP 710 - Assessment of Intelligence by School Psychologists 

EPY 786 - Applied Assessment in Educational and School Psychology 

EPP 715 - Projective, Personality, and Behavioral Assessment by School Psychologists 

CED 733 - Introduction to Group Counseling 

EPP 767 - School-Based Neuropsychological Assessment 

EPP 763 - Psychoeducational Academic and Diagnostic Assessment 

ESP 733 - Management and Modification of Students with Special Needs 

Research Courses – Credits: 9

EPY 702 - Research Methods 

EPY 721 - Descriptive and Inferential Statistics: An Introduction 

EPP 750 - Advanced Test Analysis in School Psychology 

Professional School Psychology Courses – Credits: 6

Complete 3 credits in each of the following two courses:

EPP 761 - Role and Function of the School Psychologist 

EPP 764 - School Psychology Seminar 

School Psychology Course – Credits: 6

EPP 762 - School Psychology Intervention with Practicum 

Internship Course – Credits: 6

EPP 769 - Internship in School Psychology 

Professional Paper – Credits: 2

EPP 766 - School Psychology Professional Paper 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Student must complete a minimum of 67 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  2. Course substitutions may be allowed with advisor and/or program faculty approval.
  3. Following the first year of the required prescribed Ed.S. program courses (minimum of 34 credits) and successful completion of the comprehensive examination, students are eligible to receive an M.S. degree in Educational Psychology.
  4. The culminating experience for the School Psychology Ed.S. is the completion of a two-semester (minimum of 1200 clock hour) internship in a school setting. This is typically a full-time assignment, completed at the end of the program. During this time students will also enroll in EPP 766 and complete a portfolio with results of a national exam and examples of work product. The portfolio will serve as the final examination for the Ed.S. degree.
  5. Students will typically have completed all other coursework prior to being approved for internship. Students must have successfully completed the primary assessment courses (EPP 710, EPP 715, EPP 763) and the practica to be eligible for internship placement.

Plan Graduation Requirements

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation from both degrees (where applicable) up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must successfully complete the professional paper.

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