School Psychology Ed.S.

Degree Requirements: 78 Credit Hours

Program Intent

This program provides training to serve children and adolescents with learning, behavioral, or emotional problems in educational settings. After successful completion of 36 credits of course work and passing a written comprehensive examination, students may be awarded an interim M.Ed. degree and continue on in the program to complete the remaining requirements of the Ed.S. degree. The 36 credits required for the interim M.Ed. include the following courses: Professional Education Core Requirements (6 credits), Specific Requirements (27 credits), and Educational Research (EDUR   7130) (3 credits). Professional entry-level in the field of School Psychology requires Level Six (S-6) Certification which is acquired after successful completion of the prescribed Ed.S. Program of Study and a passing score on the GACE examination in School Psychology.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or in education from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 3.00 (4.0 scale) or higher GPA on all undergraduate and graduate work (if any) combined.
  3. Submit a personal statement of purpose that includes reasons for selecting school psychology as a career, self evaluation of personal qualities that would be brought into the program, and the impacts the applicant believes school psychologists should have on the lives of children.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons well acquainted with the applicant’s academic and/or professional performance.
  5. Participate in an on-campus, phone, or virtual interview if notified.
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance. Students who are accepted into the program must agree to abide by the ethical principles established by the National Association of School Psychologists. Documentation of professional liability insurance must be submitted to the assigned advisor at the beginning of the first semester.
  7. Submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or be exempt by acceptable SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.  

Provisional Admission

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of “B” or higher in their first nine (9) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements6
Curriculum Theories and Design
Approaches to Literacy Instruction
Learning Theories and Applications
Specific Requirements27
Theories of Counseling
Counseling Skills and Techniques
Lifespan Development
Professional School Psychology
Behavioral Interventions
Classroom-based Performance and Psychometrics
Implications of Child Psychopathology in Schools
Developmental Diagnosis in Early Childhood
Instructional Design
Research Sequence Requirements12
Educational Research
Educational Statistics I
Applied Measurement
Program Evaluation for School Psychologists
Specialized School Psychology Content Requirements24
Curriculum-based Assessment and Response-to-Intervention
Individual Intellectual Assessment
Addressing Diversity in School-based Conceptualization
Personality and Behavioral Assessment in the Schools
Crisis Intervention and Prevention
School, Home, and Community Partnering
Consulting in Educational Settings
Seminar in School Psychology
Applied School Psychology Content Requirements9
Practicum in School Psychology
School Psychology Internship I
School Psychology Internship II
Total Credit Hours78

Other Program Requirements

  • Successful completion of 36 credits and written School Psychology Comprehensive exam are required to obtain the interim M.Ed. degree. Students may only take this exam twice and must pass it to receive the M.Ed. degree and to continue on in the program.
  • Must successfully complete assessments identified at each program transition point.
  • Must successfully complete key assessments in the program.
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.
  • Claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your MyPSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under MyPSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).

NOTE: Successful completion of GACE Examination required for S-6 Certification in School Psychology.


Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page. 

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director. 
​Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)