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The Specialist in Education Degree with a Major in School Psychology is designed to provide degree candidates with the competencies necessary to function effectively as school psychologists in special education cooperatives, public schools and institution­al settings. Persons with a bachelor's degree may begin working toward the Master of Science General Psychology Degree in Psychology. All specialist in education appli­cants must have a master's degree in psychology or a related field, including at least 10 hours of graduate work applicable to the area of school psychology. The candidate for this degree must meet requirements for initial licensure as a school psy­chologist in the state of Kansas. Full licensure requires completion of this degree plus one school year of internship. The program must include a minimum of 32 hours of approved coursework beyond the master's degree, of which 21 hours must be numbered 800 or above and at least nine of the 21 hours must be numbered 900 or above. This curriculum adheres to the standards established by the Kansas State Department of Education and to the curriculum recommendations of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

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About Psychology and Counseling Department

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has placed its graduates in schools, businesses, agencies and hospitals throughout the region, as well as provided teachers for two and four year colleges. The department enjoys a strong relationship with area mental health agencies, with many private and governmental establishments acting as training sites for students, and using department faculty and advanced graduate students as consultants. PSU is the only school within a 100 mile radius that provides graduate training in counseling, psychology and school psychology. Additionally, no other university in Kansas has an integrated psychology and counseling department, allowing the department to offer comprehensive, in-depth programs in each area and providing students with the opportunity to experience the best in both disciplines.

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