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Kayleen Islam-Zwart PhD
Department Chair
135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.6227
fax: 509.359.4366

Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS)

**Application Deadline has been extended to March 1st, 2019**  

Our hybrid program is designed for individuals who are pursuing careers in school psychology. The program includes online coursework with weekly synchronous requirements on weeknights and quarterly on-campus training requirements. Appropriate candidates for the program have undergraduate degrees in psychology, education, or related fields.  Those with master's degrees who wish to have more face to face time than our fully online program offers may also apply.   Candidates are encouraged to work in schools or related settings while completing coursework and field experiences throughout the program. 

Program Director
Susan Ruby Ph.D.
135 L Martin Hall

Student Learning Outcomes-students will:

  • describe  and accurately apply varied methods of assessment and data-collection methods for identifying strengths and needs, developing effective services and programs, and  measuring progress and  outcomes;
  • articulate and apply varied methods  of consultation, collaboration, and communication applicable to individuals, families, groups, and systems;
  • design and evaluate evidence-based curriculum and instructional strategies that support cognitive and academic skills;
  • design and evaluate services and programs that support socialization, positive behavior, and mental health;
  • articulate key elements in school and systems structure, including multi-tiered systems of support;
  • in collaboration with others, design comprehensive plans for multi-tiered prevention and empirically supported strategies for effective crisis preparation, response, and recovery;
  • design, and evaluate services that facilitate family school partnerships and interactions with community agencies for enhancement of academic and social-behavioral outcomes for children;
  • articulate best practices for culturally responsive assessment, consultation, and intervention and provide professional services that promote effective functioning for individuals, families, and schools with diverse characteristics, cultures, and backgrounds, and across multiple contexts;
  • interpret, evaluate, and design single case and group design research, and apply these skills to collaboratively conduct program evaluation in applied settings; and
  • articulate and apply ethical, legal, and professional standards and demonstrate professional work characteristics needed for effective practice as school psychologists.

We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program are prepared to receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Graduates are eligible to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists. Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards. Specific areas of training include data-based decision making; consultation and collaboration; development of and support for academic and behavioral interventions; and, development and delivery of mental health services. The program emphasizes multi-tiered, evidence-based and equitable practices, with respect for diversity in development and learning and advocacy. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship. Students complete a three-year sequential program of study, beginning in summer. 

A bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent is required. Successful completion of undergraduate coursework in child or life-span development, learning, research, measurement and statistics is required. Faculty will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis to determine prerequisite needs.

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What will I study?

Course Requirements and Credit Hours

  • PSYC 505 Applied Learning Theory and Behavior Modification (4)
  • PSYC 513 Advanced Child and Adolescent Development (4)
  • PSYC 510 Professional School Psychology I (4)
  • PSYC 511 Professional School Psychology II (4)
  • PSYC 512 Professional School Psychology III (4)
  • PSYC 523 Academic and Social/Behavioral Interventions (4)
  • PSYC 526 Academic Assessment for School Psychology (4)
  • PSYC 531 Psychoeducational Groups for Children and Adolescents (4)
  • PSYC 532 Research and Statistics: Group Design (4)
  • PSYC 533 Intervention and Program Evaluation (4)
  • PSYC 539 Seminar: PREPaRE Workshop 1 (1)
  • PSYC 539 Seminar: PREPaRE Workshop 2 (2)
  • PSYC 543 Counseling Theories and School-Based Mental Health Intervention (4)
  • PSYC 553 Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment of Children and Adolescents (4)
  • PSYC 554 Cognitive Assessment (4)PSYC 558 School Psychology Practicum (12)
  • PSYC 559 Cognitive Assessment Lab (3)PSYC 560 School Psychology Consultation (4)
  • PSYC 534 Human Neuropsychology (4)
  • PSYC 567 Developmental Psychopathology (4)
  • PSYC 579 Advanced Diagnostic Assessment (4)
  • PSYC 602 Portfolio (6)
  • PSYC 695 School Psychology Internship (15)

Successful completion of the National School Psychology Certification Examination and an oral examination that reviews the portfolio project and contents is required.

Minimum total credits for above specialist degree 107 credits .

Final Comprehensive Examination

The Comprehensive Examination Policy of the Department of Psychology is as follows:

  1. Each student shall complete, before the awarding of the EdS degree, a portfolio, which demonstrates the competence of the student in graduate level work in school psychology. Portfolios will reflect knowledge and skills in the National Association of School Psychology Domains of Training and Practice.
  2. Students will begin their portfolio in the first year through the Professional School Psychology courses and will have a formal interview with School Psychology Faculty Members in the second or third quarter of their second year in the program to serve as preliminary feedback and determination of preparation for the internship experience. An oral examination which will focus primarily on the portfolio but may also include questions regarding professional practice and the internship experience will be held at the end of the third year of the program. The final oral examination will be open to all interested faculty and students and may be open to questions by outside members at the discretion of the committee. Final oral examinations will not be held over vacation periods or during summer quarter except by advance approval of the committee chair, second member and graduate office representative. The final oral examination will not be over two hours. 
  3. All graduate students in the School Psychology Program are subject to the academic advancement policies of Graduate Studies regarding grades.


For information about a career in school psychology and the standards for training and practice, visit

We are also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists:

For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: How do I BECOME CERTIFIED in Washington? 

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