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School Psychological Examiner, MEd

Assist students to succeed psychosocially and academically by becoming a school psychological examiner! Demand for child psychological services in schools is projected to increase over the next decade.

Program Information

The Master of Education of School Psychological Examiner aligns with the National Association of School Psychologists’ professional standards to assess cognitive and academic abilities, or describe behavior, personality, or aptitude of P-12 learners in order to determine eligibility for services.

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Application, Funding, and Support

Admission and Program Requirements

Candidates for the M.Ed. of School Psychological Examiner must meet all college and university requirements for admission and retention. Preference is given to applicants with an undergraduate major in psychology or education (including special education) and a GPA above 3.0. Applications must include at least two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest and goals. The preferred deadline to be considered for summer semester admission is January 1st. If there is availability, we do accept some competitive students after January 1st. Our program admits about six to eight students each year.

Our students usually enter the program with a bachelors's degree and complete their M.Ed. of School Psychological Examiner before being accepted to continue their study toward an Ed.S. degree. Other master’s degree majors in a closely related field may be approved upon recommendation of the selection committee. However, they may be required to take additional, prerequisite coursework.

General Requirements

Students completing a Master of Education in School Psychological Examiner must complete both a written comprehensive examination and an oral examination.

Time Requirement

All requirements for the M.Ed. must be completed within a period of eight years from the date of completion of the first course to be applied toward the degree.

ISU Course Catalog

School Psychological Examiner, MED

School Psychology, EdS

Ed. School Psychological Examiner (31 credits)

Summer Semester (9 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6660 Seminar in School Psychology (3 cr)
SCPY 6672 Problem-Solving Intervention in Schools (3 cr)
EDUC 6602 Theories of Learning (3 cr)

Fall Semester (12 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6619 Individual Intelligence Testing (3 cr)
SCPY 6673 Response to Intervention Methods (3 cr)
EDUC 6610 Applied Educational Statistics (3 cr)
EDUC 6601 Research and Writing (3 cr)

Spring Semester (10 Graduate Credits)
SCPY 6682 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Schools (3 cr)
SCPY 6668 Practicum: Intro to School Psych, SPED & LD (3 cr)
SCPY 6657 Legal and Ethical Issues in School Psychology (2 cr)
SCPY 6659 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology (2 cr)

Course Requirements Checklist

Career Opportunities 

Graduates with a mater of education of school psychological examiner degree could be qualified for the following types of positions:

  • Public School Psychological Examiner
  • Private Clinic Practice
  • Post-Secondary Practitioners
  • Hospital Practice
  • Private School Psychological Examiner
  • School-Based Mental Health Center
  • Community Day Treatment Center
  • Trainer of Teachers, Health Professionals, Care-Givers
  • Juvenile Justice Program     


Job Outlook

Because school psychologists are highly desirable in today’s job market, the job outlook includes: 

  • Near 100% job placement rate
  • Average salary (according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook) is $81,040 for school psychologists and $60,510 for school counselors. 

NASP Practice Model

What does it look like?

  1. Data-Based Decision Making:Our students will be able to impact children through the collection, interpretation, and use of data. They will be able to use this data to create appropriate interventions.
  2. Consultation & Collaboration:Our students will be able to indirectly impact children through consultation and collaboration with teachers, families, systems, etc.
  3. Support of Academic Skills:Our students will be able to impact children through their expertise in learning and developmental theory, and academic intervention strategies.
  4. Support of the Mental Health, Social & Life Skills:Our students will be able to impact children through their expertise in mental health.
  5. School-Wide Interventions:Our students will be able to indirectly impact children through their knowledge of system theory and their expertise in the creation of system wide change.
  6. Preventative & Responsive Services:Our students will be able to impact children through their knowledge of resiliency, protective and risk factors and their experiences in implementing preventative services.
  7. Family-School Collaboration:Our students will be able to impact children through their ability in bridging the connection between school and family.
  8. Diversity Practice:Our students will be able to impact children through their awareness, knowledge, and skills in the area of diversity. This competency is imbued throughout their practice. They will be seen as a beacon of inclusion and culturally competent practice.
  9. Research & Evaluation:Our students will be able to impact children through their knowledge of research, statistics, and program evaluation. They will be able to use this information to make real world positive impact within the schools.
  10. Legal & Ethical Practice:Our students will be able to impact children through advocacy and ethical practice. They will standup for the rights of our students and always perform in a legally and ethically exemplary manner.
Joel Bocanegra headshot

Dr. Joel Bocanegra

Professor of School Psychology

Office: College of Education 108A

(208) 282-4387