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School Psychology: FAQs


General School Psychology Program Questions

Summer Cohort Questions

Q: What is the Education Specialist (EdS) degree?

A: The EdS degree in School Psychology is an advanced professional graduate degree that resides between a masters and a doctorate degree in terms of credits required, typically requiring 2 years of full-time study and a 1 year internship. Specialist-level training is the minimum level of education required for National Certification as a school psychologist and for state certification in the state of Washington.

Q: Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in Psychology to be admitted to the graduate program in School Psychology?

A: No. There are some prerequisite courses but you may take these during the course of your program if you are admitted. However, these prerequisite courses do not count toward your degree or certification. See the admissions information page for more details

Q: I already have a master's degree in a related field (psychology, counseling, education). Do I need to complete all of the coursework for the Ed.S. in school psychology to become certified?

A: Graduate credits earned in another degree program can be accepted and applied towards the Ed.S. degree and individualized programs can be developed in consultation with the program director. In order to earn certification as a school psychologist, students must complete the Ed.S. degree program.

Q: Can previously earned graduate credits count towards the EdS in School Psychology?

A: The program may count up to 20 quarter units of graduate credit earned as a part of a master’s degree towards the EdS degree. The courses must be equivalent to the content of the courses in the EdS course of study as determined by the School Psychology Graduate Program Committee.

Q: What courses could I take to prepare for the program?

A: Completion of prerequisite statistics coursework prior to entering the program is very helpful. The prerequisite courses are PSY362 Introductory Statistics and PSY363 Intermediate Statistics or their equivalent. If you have previous coursework in statistics the Department of Psychology can review the course to determine possible equivalency. For admissions, coursework in at least an introductory statistics course is highly recommended.

Q: Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required for admission?

A: Yes. Students applying to the program need to take the GRE General Test. The Psychology Subject Test is NOT required. Click here for more information about the GRE and other testing locations.

Q: Where do I send my application materials?

A: You will need to send all application materials directly to CWU's School of Graduate Studies, not to the department of Psychology.

Q: Is financial assistance available?

A: Yes, each year the department awards a number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) on a competitive basis. These assistantships may include tuition remission as well as a salary.

Q: Are there any application deadlines I should be aware of?

A: Applications for the academic year program will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. However, we do review applications February 1 for fall admission for the next academic year. To ensure that your application will be considered, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by the deadline.  For details regarding the summer cohort program, click on the summer cohort webpage.

Q: Do you only accept students for admission in the Fall Quarter?

A:Typically, students are only admitted to the program for the Fall quarter for the academic year program. Please check with the Program Director for more information. For details regarding the summer cohort program, click on the summer cohort webpage.

Q: Do you accept part-time students?

A: At times part-time students may be accepted. Please check with the program director to discuss your particular situation.

Q: How do I apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship?

A: There is a separate application process for assistantships. Please check with the Graduate School for application information.

Summer Cohort FAQs

Q: How can practicum requirements be completed while remaining employed?

A: The program is designed to be a partnership between the School Psychology program and the host school district. Practicum experiences (approximately 450 hours) are spread over three academic years in the program, with students completing about 5-8 hours of experiences per week. Although some experiences can be completed outside the regular school day, most will require work in a K-12 setting during the day. Prospective students will need to a commitment from their district to support their practicum training by allowing time during the school day. This also includes a commitment to allowing 2 full days per quarter to allow the student to work with a district supervising psychologist. Practicum experiences will be supervised both by a university faculty supervisor and an in-district school psychologist.

Q: What is the on-campus residency requirement?

A: Students are required to attend on-campus courses in Ellensburg during each of the 4 summers of the program. Courses will be offered on two consecutive days each week, which may require overnight stays for those traveling beyond commuting distances. During the first two summers of the program courses will be offered for 9 weeks. During the 3rd and 4th summers, courses will be offered for 6 weeks. In addition, during the final quarter in the program, students will be required to attend an on-campus class for 5 class sessions. The classes will be offered in the evening to allow students to travel from out of town..

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