School Psychology EdS

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College : Education and Human Performance Degree :EDS
Department : Educational and Human Sciences Option : Nonthesis
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The School Psychology EdS program is designed for students who wish to become certified School Psychologists. This specialist degree has very specific curriculum to meet the respective licensing requirements for school psychologists.


The School Psychology EdS degree requires a minimum of 83 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, as well as a portfolio, practicum and research report at the completion of study. Please note that 65 credit hours are completed before internship. The research report and internship courses comprise 18 credit hours that are completed during internship.
Total Credit Hours Required:
83 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

With the exception of SPS 5605 Building and Improving Relationship and Emotional Intelligence, SPS 5177 Enhancing Individual and Student IQ, and SPS 6700 Advanced Psychoeducation and Data-Based Decision Making, SPS courses are only open to students in the School Psychology Program.

Prerequisites or Co-requisites (DOE Certification)

  • TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12 Classrooms (3 credit hours)
  • EDG 6415 Principles of Instruction and Classroom Management (3 credit hours) or EDF 6727 Critical Analysis of Social, Ethical, Legal, and Safety Issues Related to Education (3 credit hours)
  • RED 5147 Developmental Reading (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—59 Credit Hours

Core—9 Credit Hours

  • EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EEX 5051 Exceptional Children in the Schools (3 credit hours)

Specialization—50 Credit Hours

  • SPS 6601 Introduction to Psychological Services in Schools (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6606 School Consultation Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6608 Seminar in School Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6801 Developmental Basis of Diverse Behaviors (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6225 Behavioral and Observational Analysis of Classroom Interactions in Schools (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6931 Ethical and Legal Issues in School Psychological Services (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6400 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6401 Techniques of Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6191 Individual Psychoeducational Diagnosis I (4 credit hours)
  • SPS 6192 Individual Psychoeducational Diagnosis II (4 credit hours)
  • SPS 6125 Infant Development Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6194 Assessment of Special Needs (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6206 Psychoeducational Interventions (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6700 Advanced Psychoeducation and Data-Based Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • SPS 6703 Child and Adolescent Deviant Behavior and Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6175 Cultural Diversity and Nonbiased Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 5605 Building and Improving Relationship and Emotional Intelligence (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 5177 Enhancing Individual and Student IQ (3 credit hours)

Research Report—6 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following two sets of courses.

  • SPS 6909 Research Report I and II (6 credit hours) or
  • SPS 6402 and SPS 6403 Applied Prevention and Intervention in Schools I and II (6 credit hours)

Practicum and Internship—18 Credit Hours

  • SPS 6946 Practicum in School Psychology I (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6946 Practicum in School Psychology II (3 credit hours)
  • SPS 6948 School Psychology Internship I and II (12 credit hours)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Complete an electronic portfolio that documents reflections on study and learning experiences throughout the program and receive approval by the School Psychology faculty.
  • Pass a comprehensive exam.
  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE).

UPDATE: In order to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, Graduate Record Exam test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. A minimum passing score on a GRE subtest in an applicable general knowledge content area, as defined in the table below, will satisfy the requirement of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge for the applicable general knowledge content area.

FTCE GKT Subtest

GRE Subtest

Minimum GRE Score Requited to Substitute for GK Subtest

GK Writing Subtest (Essay)

GRE Analytical Writing

A combined score of 4 out of 6

GK English Language Subtest Skills

GRE Verbal Reasoning

A scaled score of 151

GK Reading Subtest

GRE Verbal Reasoning

A scaled score of 151

GK Mathematics Subtest

GRE Quantitative Reasoning

A scaled score of 147

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2015, only examination results earned by educators within 10 years prior to the date of application for a new Florida Educator’s Certificate with the Florida Department of Education may be acceptable for certification eligibility requirements (SBR 6A-4.002).

Equipment Fee

Students in the School Psychology EdS program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. A materials fee of $45 is charged for each of four assessment courses. 

Independent Learning

A practicum and research report are required as the culminating independent learning experience.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants will receive priority consideration for admission by attending an Information Session with program faculty.  Call (407) 823-2401 for meeting dates or visit the program website at

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A baccalaureate degree in Education, Psychology, or related discipline.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member).
  • Resumé.
  • A one-page goal statement.
  • Receive a favorable recommendation for admission by the School Psychology Review Committee.

This program can only accommodate a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met. Admissions to this program will only occur in the fall term. Information concerning specific admissions policies and procedures can be obtained from the program website: All other questions will be answered during the Information Sessions prospective students are required to attend.

Application Deadlines

School Psychology EdS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 1



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.