The Specialist in Education degree with a major in school psychology is designed to provide degree candidates with the competencies necessary to function effectively as school psychologists in special education cooperatives, public schools and institutional settings. Persons with a bachelor's degree may begin working toward the Master of Science General Psychology degree in psychology. All Specialist in Education applicants must have a master's degree in psychology or a related field, including at least 10 hours of graduate work applicable to the area of school psychology. The candidate for this degree must meet requirements for initial licensure as a school psychologist in the state of Kansas. Full licensure requires completion of this degree plus one school year of internship. The program must include a minimum of 32 hours of approved coursework beyond the master's degree, of which 21 hours must be numbered 800 or above and at least nine of the 21 hours must be numbered 900 or above. This curriculum adheres to the standards established by the Kansas State Department of Education and to the curriculum recommendations of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Admission is competitive and limited to the number of practicum sites available.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 263 Developmental Psychology, PSYCH 357 Educational Psychology, PSYCH 389 Research Methods in Psychology I, PSYCH 392 Research Methods in Psychology II, PSYCH 571 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYCH 781 Psychology of Exceptional Children (or SPED 510 Overview of Special Education).
The following sequence of courses meets Kansas State Department of Education requirements for initial licensure as a school psychologist:
PSYCH 995 Internship in School Psychology (6 hours)