Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

School Psychology Ed.S.

Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Site: Greeley
Mode: In-person
Start Term: Fall

Chair: David Hulac, Ph.D.

Location: McKee 248

Telephone: 970.351.2731

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/school-psychology/

The Ed.S. program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

The Specialist program is designed for those students who wish to become school psychologist practitioners. Training is primarily oriented toward the acquisition of those skills necessary for effective functioning in the educational environment as a school psychologist. The program is based on the student entering with a bachelor's degree. A student with a master's degree in an area of professional psychology should meet with their advisor to develop a specific plan of study. A course in abnormal psychology is prerequisite to the program and must be completed prior to or during the first year of study.

This program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and leads to licensure as a School Psychologist through the Colorado Department of Education.


General Specialist Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

Application materials must be completed and on file at the Graduate School by December 1st. Graduate School Application materials include: a completed application form and application fee, one official copy of all academic transcripts, one official copy of GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic skills and relevant experience.

  1. All entering students will hold at least a bachelor's degree, should have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, combined GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores of 300, and a minimum of 3.5 on the Analytical Writing subtest.
  2. Applicant must submit Department of School Psychology supplementary materials along with the Graduate School application. This material includes: a supplementary data sheet, current vita, and a written statement regarding the relationship of the program to the personal and professional goals of the applicant.
  3. Finalists for admission are invited to attend an onsite interview.

Applications are evaluated competitively for a limited number of positions. The applicant must demonstrate clear potential for success. Admission decisions for both programs are typically announced within one week of the on campus interviews.

Degree Requirements — 67 Credits

Psychological and Educational Foundations (37 hours)

APCE 607Theories of Counseling


EDSE 630Applied Behavior Analysis I


SPSY 625Applied Developmental Science


SPSY 628Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis


SPSY 629Measurement and Experimental Design in Applied Behavior Analysis


SPSY 640School-Based Psychological Consultation


SPSY 655Family, School, and Community Contexts


SPSY 656Systems-Based Behavioral Health


SPSY 667Intervening with Trauma and Crisis in the Schools


SPSY 670Principles of Psychometrics and Assessment


SPSY 747Psychological Aspects of Academic Programming and Intervention


SPSY 763Legal and Professional Foundations of School Psychology


Applied Practice in School Psychology (21 hours)

SPSY 618Practicum in Child, Adolescent, and Family Interventions


SPSY 644Assessment I: Cognitive and Academic Functioning


SPSY 647Assessment and Intervention for Social and Emotional Problems in Children and Adults


SPSY 779Practicum in School Psychology

1- 3

SPSY 779: Must complete 6 credits over the academic year.

Multicultural Understanding (3 hours)

APCE 623Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations


Supervised Field Work (6 hours)

SPSY 789Internship in School Psychology


SPSY 789: A minimum of 6 credits must be taken, 2 credits across three semesters.

Program Note

A written comprehensive examination is a program requirement, and it is satisfied by achieving a score of 147 or higher on the National School Psychology Exam.

Back to Top