School Psychology Programs are at the Graduate School level. Therefore, you must complete a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Psychology or Education prior to applying to a Graduate Program that interests you.

School Psychology programs offer two degree options. The first is the most common and will allow you to work as a fully certified School Psychologist in your state upon completion of your degree requirements. Some universities refer to this as an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.), and others stick with Masters Degree (M.S.). However, it is important to note, that the minimum required graduate credit hours are typically around 69 credit hours, which is well beyond a first Master’s Degree. Those 66 credit hours include two years of coursework and a year-long internship.

The second degree option is of course the Doctorate. Depending on which university you choose, the type of degree could be a PsyD, EdD, or a PhD. The doctoral track requires more coursework, a longer internship, and a culminating dissertation.

I attended the University of Kentucky and have listed below an example of what coursework for the Ed.S. degree could look like:

Year One Fall Semester:

Intro to School Psych – 3 Hrs

Cognitive Assessment – 3 Hrs

Diagnostic Classification in School Psychology – 3 Hrs


Year One Spring Semester:

Personality Assessment – 3 Hrs

Psychoeducational Assessment – 3 Hrs

Human Development – 3 Hrs

Educational Foundations Elective – 3 Hrs

Year One Summer Session:

Applied Behavior Analysis – 3 Hrs

Social Aspects of Behavior – 3 Hrs

Introduction to Counseling – 3 Hrs

Psychoeducational Interventions – 3 Hrs

Year Two Fall Semester: (Plan to take Praxis Exam at end of this Semester)

Consultation – 3 Hrs

Parent/Child Counseling – 3 Hrs

Methods of Educational Research or Statistics Level 2 – 3 Hrs

Practicum – 3 Hrs

Year Two Spring Semester:

Legal/Ethical Issues in School Psychology – 3 Hrs

Educational Foundations Elective – 3 Hrs

Research Methods Elective – 3 Hrs

Practicum – 3 Hrs

Year Two Summer Session:

Theories of Learning – 3 Hrs

Year Three Fall/Spring Semesters:

Internship – 6 Hrs