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School Psychology, Ed.S.

About the Program

Georgia Southern University’s School Psychology Program is nationally recognized and NASP-approved. Students attending our program receive a well-rounded education of face-to-face and online courses as well as field-based training via projects in schools beginning early in the program. This program will provide you with training to serve children and adolescents with learning, behavioral, or emotional problems in educational settings. After successful completion of 78 credits for the Ed.S. degree, you are prepared to be a licensed/certified school psychologist in any state. Professional entry-level in the field of School Psychology in Georgia requires Professional Level Six (S-6) Certification which you are eligible for after successful completion of the prescribed Ed.S. Program of Study and a passing the GACE examination in School Psychology. Graduates who choose to practice in other states must review the state’s specific requirements and required exam scores for licensure/certification.

Throughout this program, you will receive practical instruction that will culminate in a yearlong, full-time internship as a school psychologist. The program will provide you the preparation and field experience required to deliver the highest quality comprehensive school psychological services.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Dawn Tysinger
Graduate Program Coordinator
dtysinger@georgiasouthern.edu
912-478-5792

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences or in education from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 3.00 (4.0 scale) or higher GPA on all undergraduate and graduate work (if any) combined.
  3. Submit a personal statement of purpose that includes reasons for selecting school psychology as a career, self evaluation of personal qualities that would be brought into the program, and the impacts the applicant believes school psychologists should have on the lives of children.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons well acquainted with the applicants academic and/or professional performance.
  5. Participate in an interview on-campus or by phone if notified.
  6. Complete “Disclosure and Affirmation questions” that address misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance. Students who are accepted into the program must agree to abide by the ethical principles established by the National Association of School Psychologists. Documentation of professional liability insurance must be submitted to the assigned advisor at the beginning of the first semester.

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (www.naces.org)

Deadlines

Fall

April 10*

Interview Day: Applications will be reviewed for 1 week and Interviews to be held the following week

Spring

November 10*

Interview Day: Applications will be reviewed for 1 week and Interviews to be held the following week

Summer

Does not admit

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Last updated: 5/14/2020