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School Psychology

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)

College: College of Education & Behavioral Science | Graduate School

Department: Psychology and Counseling

The Ed.S. Degree in Psychology & Counseling with an emphasis on School Psychology prepares students for careers as School Psychologists. These professionals work with parents, teachers, students, educators, and others to best meet the educational and mental health needs of children.

Students who complete the program are eligible to take the Praxis II School Psychology Specialty Examination in order to become licensed as School Psychology Specialists with the Arkansas Department of Education and license School Psychologists in other states. Many also seek National certification in School Psychology (i.e. NASP). Licensed School Psychology Specialists provide specialized services in the schools.

The degree program consists of 66-semester hours that requires coursework consistent with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Arkansas Department of Education standards. The School Psychology track is approved-conditional by NASP. Students receive education and training in the following eleven NASP domains:

  • Data-Based Decision Making & Accountability
  • Consultation & Collaboration
  • Effective Instruction & Development of Cognitive/Academic Skills
  • Socialization & Development of Life Skills
  • Student Diversity in Development & Learning
  • School & System Organization, Policy Development, & Climate
  • Prevention, Crisis Intervention, & Mental Health
  • Home/School/Community Collaboration
  • Research & Program Evaluation
  • School Psychology Practice & Development
  • Information Technology
  • Prerequisites

    Students admitted to the degree program will demonstrate professional qualities consistent with those for effective performance in academic and practice settings. An applicant who qualifies may be admitted with or without conditions. To qualify for either admissions status, an applicant must meet criteria printed in the current ASU Graduate Bulletin.

    In addition to application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit: (a) all college transcripts, (b) an acceptable score on the GRE (Verbal & Quantitative Sections), and (c) a statement of educational & career aspirations. In addition, applicants must provide 4 letters of recommendation under separate cover (2 from past professors), and, if invited, appear for an interview with the degree committee.

    Application materials are available from:

    Graduate School
    Arkansas State University
    P.O. Box 60
    State University, AR 72467-0060

    Phone: 870-972-3029 Fax: 870-972-3857

    Click here to complete an application online.

  • Additional Information
  • School Psychology Documents
  • Course Requirements

    Year 1


    PSY 6113 Theories & Techniques of Helping Relations

    PSY 6213 Statistics & Research Design

    PSY 6573 Psychological Testing

    PSY 6603 Professional School Psychology


    PSY 6583 Individual Intelligence Testing

    PSY 6613 Professional Consultation

    PSY 6623 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology, Prevention & Intervention in the Schools

    PSY 7563 Theories of Learning (rotates yearly with PSY 7223 Research Design and Program Evaluation)

    Summer I

    PSY 7513 Psycho-Educational Assessment of Persons with Disabling Conditions

    Summer II

    PSY 6513 Advanced Educational Psychology

    Year 2


    PSY 7463 Couples & Family Counseling

    PSY 6523 Behavioral Assessment & Intervention

    PSY 7523 Psychoeducational Interventions

    PSY 7613 Practicum in School Psychology


    COUN 6033 Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling

    PSY 7223 Research Design & Program Evaluation (rotates yearly with PSY 7563 Theories of Learning)

    PSY 7583 Developmental & Differential Psychology

    PSY 7613 Practicum in School Psychology

    Summer I

    ELFN 6763 Philosophies of Education

    Summer II

    PSY 7633 Physiological Psychology & Psychopharmacology

    Year 3


    PSY 7823-6 Supervised Internship


    PSY 7823-6 Supervised Internship

    *A Part-Time Degree Plan for students is provided in the School Psychology Handbook Appendix B.

  • Degree Committee

    John D. Hall, Ph.D., LP (AR), SPS, NCSP
    Coordinator, Professor of Psychology & Counseling
    University of Cincinnati
    Email:  jhall@astate.edu
    Phone:  870-972-3041

    Gerald Gill Straight, Ph.D., LP (MO), SPS, NCSP
    Assistant Professor of Psychology & Counseling
    University of South Carolina

    Craig H. Jones, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology & Counseling
    University of Mississippi

  • Affiliate Faculty

    Asher Pimpleton, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Counseling
    Southern Illinois University

    Phillip Hestand, Ph.D., LP, LPC
    Director of ASU Counseling Center
    University of Oklahoma

    Lacy Overley, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Counseling
    University of Mississippi

    Patrick Peck, Ed.D
    Associate Professor of Counseling
    Idaho State University

  • Why should you apply to our program?

    Our Program is nationally approved-conditional by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) which is affiliated with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). It is also approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.  Graduates who pass the Praxis II School Psychology Specialty Examination can apply for licensure in Arkansas and in other states as School Psychology Specialists/School Psychologists. They can also apply for national certification as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) if they meet the cut-off score on the above examination. In some states holding the NCSP facilitates licensure.  

    In terms of licensure as School Psychology Specialists all of our graduates have passed their licensing examination and all are licensed. A considerable number have become nationally certified.  All have been employed.  

    The full-time faculty who hold the doctorate (Ph.D.) in School Psychology are graduates of APA and NASP approved programs. These faculty are licensed and have extensive experience working in school settings as school psychology specialists/school psychologists. They are actively engaged in teaching, research/scholarship and service specific to the profession of school psychology.

    The other faculty within the department and adjunct faculty associated with the program possess expertise in related areas such as counseling, educational psychology, statistics, physiological psychology and psychopharmacology. They also contribute to the program through their teaching, research/scholarship, and service.

    The program strongly encourages students to become actively involved in research/scholarship and service specific to school psychology through local, state, and national professional organizations.

    Outstanding field supervisors who are licensed school psychology specialists/school psychologists, many of whom are graduates of the program, volunteer their knowledge, skills, and time to supervise practicum student and interns. A number of these practitioners have also graciously served as adjunct instructors for the program.

    Graduates of the program have proven to be highly skilled, successful, and many have assumed professional leadership roles specific to the field of school psychology.       

    The graduate degree that our students earn is the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in Psychology and Counseling with a Concentration in School Psychology. This is a higher level degree than a Masters and in a number of school settings may result in a higher annual salary for the graduate.

    Our program is located in Northeast Arkansas and therefore is geographically set to best serve the Mississippi River Delta Region, the Ozarks, and Southeast Missouri. Although a number of our graduates have relocated to other areas of the state and to other states across the U.S.