All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and have completed three credit hours in research and evaluation or statistics prior to the start of the specialist program. Additional criteria reviewed will include the following:
- relevant experience, professional accomplishment, or exceptional credentials
- the quality of the applicant's written statement of professional experiences
- professional/faculty letters of recommendation
- personal interview
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
To be considered for admission to graduate study in the specialist (Psy.S.) program in school psychology, all applicants are required to present evidence of scholastic ability, significant interest in the area of school psychology, interpersonal sensitivity, personal stability, and sound moral character. The school psychologist is required to interact with children of various ages, parents, teachers, and a variety of school personnel. Interpersonal effectiveness, including maturity, flexibility, and professionalism must be demonstrated by the applicants.
An applicant who meets the following criteria, in addition to the above minimum requirements for admission, may be considered for acceptance into the program as a degree-seeking student.
- A bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
- A 3.0 GPA based upon the last 2 years of undergraduate study preferred or a 3.4 GPA from a regionally accredited graduate program in psychology, education, or a related field based on a minimum of 18 credit hours
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a preferred combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 or higher, or a 40th percentile score or better on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
- Completion of 3 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in research and evaluation or statistics (Examples of acceptable statistics course are Introduction to Statistics, Probability and Statistics, Statistical Methods in Psychology, Inferential Statistics, and Quantitative Psychology. Research Methods/Design will NOT satisfy this requirement.)
An applicant who does not meet one or more of the criteria for the degree-seeking status listed above, but has a bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field from a regionally accredited institution, may be considered on the basis of relevant, professional, or exceptional experience or accomplishment (e.g., a teaching certificate or three years working professionally with children), as determined by the admissions committee.
The standards required for admission keep in mind the safety and well-being of the clients graduates will eventually serve in clinical situations. Candidates for the degree must possess-with or without reasonable accommodation-multiple abilities and skills including intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities and intrapersonal, communication, behavioral, and personal attributes including empathy, emotional self-awareness, and emotional maturity. These are further defined in the center's student handbooks.
In accordance with the guidelines established by the American Psychological Association, accepted applicants have until April 15 to respond to our offer, although earlier notification is desired. Applicants who accept our offer must send a required deposit of $1,000 by April 15 to secure their place in the program. This nonrefundable fee is credited toward the first semester's tuition. You may be subject to a background check upon acceptance into the program.
Students may be provisionally admitted to a degree-seeking program based on a review of unofficial transcripts or other specific program admission requirements. However, this admission includes a condition that final and official documents and requirements must be received within 90 calendar days from the start of the term. If these final and official documents and/or requirements are not received by that time, the student will not be allowed to continue class attendance. Financial aid will not be disbursed to a provisional/conditional student until he or she has been fully admitted as a regular student (all admissions requirements have been approved by the college/program admissions office). Students who have an unpaid balance 30 days from the start of the term will be assessed a $50 fee.