Application Deadlines

We accept applications to the Educational Specialist in School Psychology program once a year, for Autumn Quarter admission. You must apply to the Graduate School by December 1; faculty reviews commence in January and continue until all vacancies are filled.

Application Materials

To apply to the Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) program, you must supply the following application materials:

Personal Statement

A written or typed personal goal statement that addresses:

  • reasons for seeking entry into this program
  • chronological vita of your education, including degrees received
  • postbaccalaureate experiences in teaching, counseling & assessment if any;
  • your professional aspirations
  • your research interests

Note: We give preferential consideration to applicants with employment or volunteer experience in pre-K-12 schools. Please be sure to note any such experience in your goal statement.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recent letters of recommendation from professors or first-line supervisors, on their letterhead, which address:

  • your communication skills, both written and oral
  • your ability to interact productively with supervisors, peers and children
  • your ability to function without supervision
  • your teaching, counseling and/or assessment skills
  • other relevant aspects of your academic or professional development
  • your research competence and experience

GRE Scores

The Educational Specialist in School Psychology program does not have a definitive cutoff for GRE scores. However, as part of the admissions criteria, the faculty recommend that students have a score that is at or above the 50th percentile on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE.  This translates to a score of 151 or higher on the Verbal section and a score of 149 or higher on the Quantitative section.

Applicants who do not meet these criterion are advised to submit a written justification to explain why their GRE scores are not fully reflective of their ability.

Minimum GPA

The minimum undergraduate grade-point average for the latest 90 graded quarter credits (or 60 semester credits) is 3.5. 
Emphasis is placed on psychology and educational psychology grades.

Application Review

A personal interview with one or more members of the core faculty in School Psychology is required, and will only be arranged for applicants who remain competitive following review of the above documentation. (A phone interview may be conducted in lieu of a face-to-face interview at the discretion of the faculty.)
A commitment to enroll and continue as a full-time student (12+ credits per quarter) is required as a condition of admission. Failure to do so during any quarter may place the student on academic probation.

The College of Education is committed to recognizing and fostering the values derived from a diverse student population. We are striving to promote increased diversity among practicing school psychologists. Toward this end we apply a variety of criteria when evaluating applicants including special talents, experiences, aptitudes, and abilities. We strongly encourage minority students to apply to this program.

Information for prospective minority applicants is included on the Minority Student Recruitment and Retention webpage.

Acceptance Rate

The admissions acceptance rate for the Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is 24 percent. During the past year, the average accepted applicant had these qualifications: Combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores between 300 and 313, a 4 or greater on the GRE analytic subtest, and an undergraduate GPA of 3.5.