Program Requirements

Become a school psychological examiner

The Specialist in Education: Special Education and Assessment degree is designed to provide the graduate with the qualifications necessary to complete educational testing to provide diagnostic and intervention services for students with special needs in K-12 settings through certification as a School Psychological Examiner.

Candidates enter with a Masters degree in Special Education, Counseling, School Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Education or related degree and complete 33 additional credit hours of graduate coursework in Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education; 21 of which must be completed post-Master's and within 8 years of degree completion. Students earning the EdS degree are prepared for certification by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a School Psychological Examiner.​​​​​​​

All candidates for the EdS degree will receive a detailed degree audit following admission to the program. The audit will determine the exact number of courses needed for the EdS and will indicate whether any prior coursework is approved for use in the degree program of study.

[NOTE: Prior initial certification as a teacher or counselor is required for DESE certification as a School Psychological Examiner].

Students who have not yet earned a master's degree in education or counseling may pursue the specialist degree in tandem with their graduate studies. Only 30% of the coursework may be counted for multiple programs.

Total credit hours required for graduation is 33. At least 21 of the hours must be completed at Missouri State University, and at least 21 credit hours must be completed post-Master's degree within 8 years of degree completion.

Prerequisite Requirements:

  1. State Department of Education PreK-12 initial certification in a teaching field or school counselor certification; and
  2. Prior completion of a course in Introduction to Special Education or Psychology of the Exceptional Child with a grade of "C" or higher (undergraduate or graduate accepted). {If this is not met, SPE 715 Foundations in Special Education, will be required}
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 703
COU 707
Human Growth and Development
Human Development and Personality
3 hrs
PSY 710 Psychology of Education 3 hrs
PSY 720 Individual Intelligence Testing 3 hrs
PSY 627
PSY 629
PSY 711
PSY 745
Advanced Psychological Statistical Methods
Psychological Tests and Measurements
Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology
Statistics and Research Design
3 hrs
COU 701 Tests and Measurements for Counselors 3 hrs
COU 753 Analysis of Childhood Learning and Adjustment 3 hrs
SPE 780 Impact of Contemporary Issues & Diversity in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 782 Advanced Diagnosis & Remediation of Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities 4 hrs
SPE 787 Advanced Behavioral Analysis and Intervention 3 hrs
SPE 792 Advanced Diagnosis & Remediation of Students with Disabilities Lab 2 hrs
SPE 886 School Psychological Examiner Practicum 3 hrs

NOTE: For students accepted into the EdS program with a Masters degree from another institution that did not require either a substantial seminar paper or thesis, a writing/research project in lieu of seminar/thesis will be required to be completed prior to graduation. This project will be completed with the assistance and guidance of the EdS program coordinator. Further, the EdS program coordinator will evaluate transcripts for each incoming EdS student and may specify further prerequisite coursework, as needed.