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School Psychology: Summer Cohort

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The School Psychology Summer Cohort is a graduate program designed for practicing school professionals and individuals with previously earned master’s degrees. The next cohort will begin in Summer 2020. The first review of applications for the 2020 Summer Cohort will take place in October 2019.

Summer Cohort Program Description

The CWU EdS School Psychology Summer Cohort graduate program is a four-year graduate program designed to lead to ESA certification as a school psychologist in the state of Washington. National Certification (NCSP) through the National Association of School Psychologists may also be awarded, pending final approval from NASP. The course of study is equivalent to the on-campus, full-time residency, NASP-Approved EdS program on the Ellensburg campus.

The program is structured to allow professionals employed in the public schools to pursue the Education Staff Associate (ESA) School Psychologist certification while remaining employed in their home school districts. The program is limited to individuals who are residents of Washington state and employed in a public school district. Also, applicants must have support from their employing school district for their enrollment in the program.

Coursework for the Summer Cohort is taken in the summer on the CWU campus in Ellensburg (in-person courses) and online or by distance education during the academic year. The CWU Summer session typically begins in early June and runs through early August. During the summer quarter students will typically attend courses from 9-5 pm on two consecutive days each week, for 9 weeks during the first two summers and 6 weeks during the third and fourth summers. During the academic year, online courses will accommodate students as they continue in their professional position in a school district. Due to the intensity of coursework during the academic year, students are encouraged to pursue less than full-time employment in their districts if possible. However, full-time employment is allowed. Please see the course of study below for the 3-year sequence of courses and 4th year internship.

Application Information

For admission to the program, applicants must have a master’s degree (or higher) in a related field OR have a bachelor’s degree and be employed in a professional position in a school system and have at least 3 years of post-bachelor’s work experience. The prerequisites for the program include bachelor’s level statistics courses equivalent to the CWU courses PSY362 Introductory Statistics and PSY363 Intermediate Statistics. Applicants may be admitted without this coursework, although it is strongly advised that applicants have at least one undergraduate statistics course. If applicants do not have coursework in statistics, the coursework would be included as a part of the course of study for completion of the degree. PSY362 is typically offered online while PSY363 Intermediate Statistics is currently only offered on-campus in Ellensburg during the summer.

View more details at the School Psychology Admissions Requirements webpage at

The first review of applications for the 2020 Summer Cohort will take place in October 2019. Review of applications will take place on a on-going basis after that date.

All applications will be processed through the School of Graduate Studies and Research at CWU. Those applying to the Summer Cohort should mark “SUMMER” as the first quarter of attendance on their applications.

 For additional information, please contact Dr. Heath Marrs, Director of the School Psychology Program, at or 509 963-2391.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Education Specialist (EdS) degree?

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.

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

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.

  • How can practicum requirements be completed while remaining employed?

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.

  • What is the on-campus residency requirement?

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.

  • What courses could I take to prepare for the program?

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.

Proposed Course Sequence (May be modified)

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