Application Deadline

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/Statement of Purpose

A personal goal statement/statement of purpose of no more than 750 words (3 pages double-spaced) which addresses

  • reasons for seeking entry into this program
  • 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


College of Education programs do not consider the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for admission.


Applicants whose native language is not English who attended school outside the US, UK, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinadad, or Tobago are also required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. More information about minimum scores for admission with the Graduate School can be found here.  Applicants should also review the Graduate School's COVID 19 Admissions FAQ.

Minimum GPA

There is a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits from a baccalaureate degree (for a Master’s, doctoral, or professional degree, the total cumulative average may be used).

If you earned additional credits from an accredited institution after your degree, you may include these credits in calculating your GPA

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.