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School Psychology: Admission Requirements



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***As of January 2018, applications will NOT be accepted for the Summer Cohort EdS School Psychology program. The next cohort of the EdS Summer School Psychology program for educators will be offered beginning in Summer 2020. Applications for 2020 admittance will be accepted beginning in Fall 2019***

The above information does NOT affect application for our traditional academic year EdS program. Applications for our full-time on-campus program in Ellensburg are being accepted on an on-going basis for fall admissions.

Our admission decisions are based on a composite of criteria applied to all of the credentials presented in your application.  We do not use absolute minimum scores ("cutoffs") to make admissions decisions.  However, those students with GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile and a GPA of at least 3.0 in the bachelor's degree are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Students must have a baccalaureate degree (in any field).  In addition, coursework equivalent to PSY362 Introductory Statistics and PSY363 Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods are prerequisites. Students who have not completed PSY363 (or an equivalent) may take the course as a part of the graduate program of study.
  • All applicants must submit official transcripts from their undergraduate institution(s). 
  • All applicants must submit official scores for the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • All applicants must arrange for three letters of reference.
  • All applicants must submit a personal statement that identifies the student's interest in pursuing graduate study in School Psychology.

Applicants who are interested in applying for an assistantship are encouraged to complete and submit their application materials to the Graduate School prior to the February deadline.  Applications submitted after this date will be actively considered if space in the program is still available.

The application deadline for Fall admission is February 1. However, applications are considered year-round.

To apply for admission to the Education Specialist Program in School Psychology, complete the following three steps.

  1. Complete the Graduate School Application, which is available on the Graduate Studies and Research page and pay the application fee. The application fee is $50. Checks should be sent to the Graduate School at the address given below.  Do NOT send your application to the Psychology Department.
  2. Three letters of recommendation must be included in your application to the Graduate School. Instructions for submitting letters of recommendation are available on the Graduate Students and Research application site.
  3. Have your official GRE score report and two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits from each school previously attended sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institutions. The ETS Institution Code number to use to have your GRE scores reported to Central Washington University's Graduate School is 4044.

Complete your application online or send your application form, application fee, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts to:

        Office of Graduate Studies and Research
        Central Washington University
        400 East University Way
        Ellensburg, WA 98926-7510

Procedure: Review of applications will begin in February and will continue until the available openings for the next class are filled. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by the February deadlines (typically February 1st), although applications received after this date will be actively considered.

Financial Aid: For Federal Financial Aid information (e.g., student loans), contact Central Washington University's Financial Aid office at 509-963-1611.

Graduate research and teaching assistantships: Currently, a limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified students. These assistantships offer a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. Assistantships are awarded to students who are beginning in the fall quarter only.

Catalog: The Central Washington University Catalog may be obtained from the Admissions Office (509-963-2194) or you may access the Catalog and other Graduate School documents via their web page.

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