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School Psychology, Education Specialist

Our School Psychology Program at the specialist level (a total of 64 credits) is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (until 2027) with evidence of consistency with the NASP standards for graduate preparation of school psychologists. Our program at Idaho State is the only School Psychology program in the state (Professional Licensure Disclosure for School Psychology). Demand for child psychological services in schools is projected to increase over the next decade. You can improve the psychosocial and academic success of children!

The Education Specialist in School Psychology aligns with the National Association of School Psychologists’ professional standards and is the minimum preparation level for school psychologists and special education directors in most states. This program can lead you to licensure/certification as a school psychologist in Idaho. Make a difference every day as a School Psychologist!

For licensing requirements in other states, visit: NASP-State School Psychology Credentialing Requirements.

Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in schools and higher education

Career Opportunities

  • Public School Psychologist (80%)
  • Private Clinic Practice
  • Post-Secondary Practitioners
  • Hospital Practice
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • School-Based Mental Health Center
  • Higher Education Researcher
  • Community Day Treatment Center
  • Private School Psychologist
  • Trainer of Teachers, Health Professionals, Care-Givers
  • Life Coaching
  • Juvenile Justice Program           

ISU Catalog, Ed. S. School Psychology

Admission and Program Requirements

Candidates for the Ed.S in School Psychology 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), a GPA above 3.0, and minimum score at the 40th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Applications must include at least two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest and goals. Complete application materials, including transcripts and test scores, must be received by January 1st to be considered for summer semester admission. 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

All post-master’s degree course work must be taken from members of the Idaho State University graduate faculty or be approved in advance by the graduate faculty. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required over all course work taken in the M.Ed./Ed.S. program. An oral examination covering the specialist paper, portfolio, and/or relevant topics is required.

Time Requirement

All requirements for the Ed.S. must be completed within a period of five years from the date of completion of the first post-master’s degree course to be applied toward the degree.

School Psychology Major Requirements

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

Associate Professor of School Psychology

Office: College of Education 108A

(208) 282-4387