Offered by Department of Counseling and School Psychology

School Psychology
Education Specialist Degree

This program is offered on campus only.

The Education Specialist Degree is accredited by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). The program is also accredited by Nebraska State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The following program meets the academic requirements for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist regulated by the National Association of School Psychologists and school psychologist endorsement requirements by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE).

See School Psychology Information for more information specifically related to this program.

EDS in School Psychology = 72 hours

  1. Required Courses (72 hours required)
    • Take all of the following:
      • CSP 800*, Advanced Educational Psychology - 3 hours
      • CSP 802, Research Methods in Psychology and Education - 3 hours
      • CSP 805, Child and Adolescent Development and Interventions - 3 hours
      • CSP 855, Techniques of Counseling - 3 hours
      • CSP 856, Multicultural Counseling - 3 hours
      • CSP 901*, Professional Issues Seminar-School Psychology - 3 hours
      • CSP 905, Behavioral Problem Solving Assessment - 3 hours
      • CSP 906**, Infant/Preschool Assessment - 3 hours
      • CSP 907, Academic Problem Solving Assessment - 3 hours
      • CSP 908**, Orientation to School Psychology - 3 hours
      • CSP 920, Cognitive Problem Solving Assessment - 3 hours
      • CSP 957**, Problem Solving Consultation - 3 hours
      • CSP 960, Globalization of School Psychology - 3 hours
      • CSP 990, Pre-Internship Seminar - 3 hours
    • Take 6 hours from:
      • CSP 921, School Psychology Interventions Practicum - 3 hours
    • Take 6 hours from:
      • CSP 922, Problem Solving Assessment Practicum - 3 hours
    • Take 6 hours from:
      • CSP 991, Scholarly Study - 1-3 hours
    • Take 12 hours from:
      • CSP 992*, Internship in School Psychology - 1-12 hours
    • * On-line or web based courses
    • ** Blended courses, web based and on campus

The following areas of study are prerequisite to the program: Human Development, Human Learning, and Evaluation. Students without this background in these content areas will be required to take coursework (in addition to their Program of Study) to make up these deficiencies.


Upon the completion of the Program and the recommendation of its faculty, students will be eligible for endorsement as a school psychologist in the State of Nebraska. Such endorsement may be on the student's teaching certificate or on a Special Services certificate (if student has no teaching certificate). Such endorsement will be on the student's Special Services certificate.

Residency Requirements

The Department has established a residency requirement for the purpose of ensuring that the Education Specialist degree reflects continuity while allowing continued employment of the students in their major field. The preferred option is Option I. In Option I, students must accrue eighteen (18) hours in residence at the University of Nebraska at Kearney across two consecutive offering periods (excluding internship hours). If Option I is not possible, the student may request Option II from their major advisor. Option II requires that the student take eighteen (18) hours accrued across three consecutive offering periods. The residency requirement must be met after admission to the program and prior to internship. The program values employment experiences of its students and offers flexibility in meeting these requirements.

See Counseling & School Psychology Program Information and Admission Requirements for more information about the program.

15 Jul 2013