Applicants interested in the school psychology program apply directly to the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program. Once admitted, those students who do not already have an MS in psychology, who successfully meet all graduate college and program requirements will earn the MS in psychology en route to earning the EdS degree. The master’s of psychology with a specialization in school psychology is a non-terminal degree meaning that students must also earn the EdS degree in order to have the required entry-level training for certification or licensure as a school psychologist. The master’s degree is accomplished within the first year of the program (fall, spring, and summer) and includes successful completion of 34 credit hours. In addition, students are required to pass a comprehensive exam during their first summer in the program in order to earn the master’s degree. Students advance into the Ed.S. portion of the program upon successfully meeting all MS requirements and upon recommendation of the school psychology program committee.
Please note, program specific information regarding transfer of credits is available in the program handbook.
The practicum sequence is integrated with other coursework during the second year of the student’s program. Each practicum course involves weekly on-site experience in local public school settings under the direct supervision of a qualified school psychologist. The school psychology faculty will determine graduate students’ readiness for practicumduring an annual review meeting in spring or summer of year 1 in the program.
One academic year of full-time internship is required by the Virginia State Department of Education for certification/licensure in school psychology. The School Psychology Training Program at Radford University requires two successive semesters of full-time internship under the direct and continuous supervision of a fully certified, experienced school psychologist, who is approved by the School Psychology Committee to render supervision. The School Psychology Program requires a minimum of 1,200 clock hours internship experience (600 hours per semester for two semesters). The internship is completed during the third year in the program.
The Radford University School Psychology Program adheres to the standards for internships recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists. The internship is a full-time experience, closely approximating the on-the-job characteristics of the certified school psychologist. A written plan of internship goals and objectives is prepared prior to the internship and agreed to by representatives of the local educational agency, the intern supervisors, Radford University faculty supervisor and the intern.