Program Requirements

Become a school psychological examiner

The specialist in counseling and assessment provides an advanced graduate degree that leads to certification as a School Psychological Examiner.

Candidates enter with a Masters degree in Counseling, School Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Education or related degree and complete 28 additional credit hours of graduate coursework in Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education.

Working professionals who hold a master's degree in counseling (or related 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.

[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.

NOTE: For students accepted into the EdS program with a master’s 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 advisor. Further, the EdS program advisor will evaluate transcripts for each incoming EdS student and may specify further remedial coursework, as needed.

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 

OR

COU 707

Human Growth and Development

OR

Human Development and Personality

3 hrs
PSY 710 Psychology of Education  3 hrs
PSY 720 Individual Intelligence Testing 3 hrs

PSY 627  OR

PSY 629  OR

PSY 711  OR

PSY 745

Advanced Psychological Statistical Methods OR

Psychological Tests and Measurements OR

Introductory Statistics for Education and Psychology OR

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 Ed.S. 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 Ed.S. program coordinator.  Further, the Ed.S. program coordinator will evaluate transcripts for each incoming Ed.S. student and may specify further prerequisite coursework, as needed.

NOTE: Both the Elementary School Counseling option and the Secondary School Counseling option incorporate 3 hours of electives. Given the comprehensive and extensive nature of the K-12 School Counseling Option, no electives have been incorporated.

In addition to the above courses, each EdS student will gain supervisory experience during COU 788 through assisting in the supervision of master’s-level students in the Center City Counseling Clinic. Once core course work has been completed, EdS candidates will participate in a capstone evaluation process in which they will demonstrate core competencies gained.