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    NOTE:  The Residential (on campus) Ed.S. School Psychology Program will not be accepting candidates to begin the 2018-2019 academic year.  We are using the year for curriculum planning.  All current students will have full course offerings and advising.  Please check back for updates.  You are welcome to email Dr. Susan Ruby at with questions. 

    Program Director
    Susan Ruby Ph.D.
    135 L Martin Hall

    Student Learning Outcomes-students will:

    This program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates graduating from our program are prepared to receive a Residency Certificate in School Psychology from Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and to become nationally certified school psychologists (NCSP). Coursework, practica and internship are aligned with state and national certification and training standards. Specific areas of training include student and program evaluation (i.e., measurement principles); development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (i.e., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and counseling); and research (i.e., methods and statistics). The program adopts a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship. The program duration is three years.

    A bachelor's degree in psychology or its equivalent is required. Successful completion of undergraduate coursework in child or life-span development, learning, research, measurement and statistics is required. Faculty will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis to determine prerequisite needs.

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    Course Requirements and Credit Hours

    Successful completion of the National School Psychology Certification Examination and an oral examination that reviews the portfolio project and contents is required.

    Minimum total credits for above specialist degree 104 credits​.

    Final Comprehensive Examination

    The Comprehensive Examination Policy of the Department of Psychology is as follows:

    1. Each student shall complete, before the awarding of the EdS degree, a portfolio, which demonstrates the competence of the student in graduate level work in school psychology. Portfolios will reflect knowledge and skills in the National Association of School Psychology Domains of Training and Practice.
    2. Students will begin their portfolio in the first year through the Professional School Psychology courses and will have a formal interview with School Psychology Faculty Members in the second or third quarter of their second year in the program to serve as preliminary feedback and determination of preparation for the internship experience. An oral examination which will focus primarily on the portfolio but may also include questions regarding professional practice and the internship experience will be held at the end of the third year of the program. The final oral examination will be open to all interested faculty and students and may be open to questions by outside members at the discretion of the committee. Final oral examinations will not be held over vacation periods or during summer quarter except by advance approval of the committee chair, second member and graduate office representative. The final oral examination will not be over two hours. 
    3. All graduate students in the School Psychology Program are subject to the academic advancement policies of Graduate Studies regarding grades.

    School Psychology Program Handbook 

    For information about a career in school psychology and the standards for training and practice, visit

    We are also active in the Washington State Association of School Psychologists:

    For more information about becoming certified as a school psychologist in the state of Washington, see the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's website at: How do I BECOME CERTIFIED in Washington? 

    Contact Information

    Nick Jackson, PhD
    Department Chair
    135 Martin Hall, Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6227
    fax: 509.359.4366

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