Dec 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 

Education Specialist - School Psychology

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This program is accredited by: NASP. More information can be found at:

Plan Description

School Psychology Ed.S. program is based upon standards set forth by Nevada state and national accreditation organizations and is a nationally approved program by the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP). Students pursuing school psychology studies meet credential standards by completing at least 65 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree of required and elective graduate-level course work including a 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 as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).

The program adopts a Cultural Ecological framework of school psychology and the scientist/practitioner model of training. 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 (a) promote healthy development in school and (b) ameliorate various cognitive, academic and psychosocial challenges for all children, families, schools, and communities in an increasingly diverse and global society.

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Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

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 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. Three letters of recommendation from former instructors, employers, or other professionals who can evaluate the potential to complete graduate study
  3. One to two page personal statement describing interest in school psychology, career goals, and relevant professional interests. This also serves as a sample of the applicant’s writing skills.
  4. Diversity statement describing experiences with, and commitment to, diverse populations.

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

Students are accepted into a degree program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 65

Course Requirements

Psychology/Educational Foundations Courses – Credits: 9

Students must take 6 credits of the EPP-772 course.

Psychology/Educational Foundations Elective Course – Credits: 6

Students must also complete 6 credits of a advisor-approved electives, one of which must be on academic interventions. Illustrative prefixes include, but are not limited to: CED, CIL, ESP, TESL.

Research Course – Credits: 3

School Psychology Course – Credits: 6

Internship Course – Credits: 6

Degree Requirements

The student must complete a minimum of 65 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.00.

Course substitutions may be allowed with advisor and/or program faculty approval.

An elective may be taken in research (EPY) and is highly recommended for those students who want to earn their M.S. in Educational Psychology (see below) and/or for those students seeking doctoral studies in the future. Elective may also be taken in EPP, CED, ESP, or other course approved by the academic advisor.

The culminating experience for the School Psychology Ed.S. is the completion of a two-semester (minimum of 1200 clock hours) 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 769 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.

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

Students may apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements. All required forms must be submitted to the graduate college via the Grad Rebel Gateway.

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