School Psychology- Master of Science, Specialist in Education

For information, contact:
Department Chair
Department of Educational Psychology
201 McGuffey, 513-529-6621

Professional Entry Program

This program leads to the specialist in education degree as well as to licensure as a professional school psychologist. A master’s degree is also earned during the course of study. Assessment, intervention and consultation training; school-based practicum experiences; and a full-time supervised nine- to 10-month internship are included in this three-year program. Your program of study must be approved by the department; minor substitutions can be approved. After you complete 31 hours in the foundation component and pass a comprehensive examination, you are awarded an M.S. degree and admitted to candidacy for the Ed.S. degree. After completing requirements for the professional practice component, which includes 43 hours of applied coursework (including an internship experience and research project), you receive an Ed.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the school psychology specialist program requires:

  1. acceptance by the Graduate School,
  2. optional: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Those who choose to take and submit scores for the General test, please request that your scores be sent directly to Miami University.
  3. three letters of recommendation specifically addressing your interpersonal skills and potential for advanced graduate study, and
  4. an essay of 500-750 words addressing your reasons for pursuing a career in school psychology.
  5. a resume detailing your education and work experience.

To apply for the Master of Science, Specialist in Education degree program, go to the Graduate School application portal found on the graduate school page via the link below Complete the application, then upload the required program materials listed here. Once you are admitted, you will be required to mail an official transcript to the Graduate School at:

Graduate School
Miami University
105 Laws Hall
Oxford, OH 45056

The deadline for admission to the school psychology program is January 15. This is a competitive program that typically admits 10-12 students, per year.

Program Requirements

Foundation Component
EDP 596Behavioral Interventions: Theory, Principles, and Techniques3
EDP 603Theories of Human Learning3
EDP 604Role and Function of the School Psychologist3
EDP 611Psychoeducational Assessment and Interventions I5
EDP 651Educational Research3
EDP 656Education of Individuals with Exceptionalities3
EDP 662Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment3
EDP 695Supervised Public School Experience for School Psychology Students2
EDP 667Behavioral Statistics I3
EDP 671Counseling Theories3
Professional Practice Component
EDP 556Advanced Seminar in Evaluation with Evidence-Based Interventions3
EDP 612Psychoeducational Assessment and Interventions II5
EDP 620Research Project3
EDP 650Seminar in Special Education3
EDP 652Educational Research Practicum3
EDP 654Counseling Practicum4
EDP 660Practicum in School Psychology Practice4
EDP 666Educational Consultation, Collaboration, and Community Psychology3
EDP 672Helping Skills in Mental Health Intervention3
EDP 795Internship for Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology6
EDP 796Internship for Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology6
Total Credit Hours74