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School Psychology Area

The School and Educational Psychology area at ISU includes graduate programs in school psychology, as well as courses in diversity, human development, statistics, and research methods.  Our faculty is comprised of a top-notch group of scholars whose research, teaching, and service demonstrate extraordinary academic vitality.  Our support staff excels at promoting the mission of our department and working closely with our students and faculty.  Most important, our graduate students in school psychology are bright, dedicated, emergent scholars in their own right, and their work greatly enriches our department community as well as that of local schools and agencies. Our programs incorporate both hybrid and face-to-face courses and extensive field-based experiences in the school setting which begin in the first semester and continue throughout the program. Our students receive training in schools, residential treatment facilities, hospitals, mental health agencies, and our very own world-class university training clinic.

Terre Haute is well known for its many events and festivals. It is centrally located to Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, and St. Louis, which makes for convenient weekend road trips in between preparing for courses, practicum, and research. Also, Indiana is celebrated for its state parks, which are great for hiking, horseback riding, and tubing.

We offer two degree programs in school psychology, both of which are nationally approved and accredited. Both programs follow a scholar-practitioner orientation and emphasize knowledge and skills in assessment and data-based decision making; prevention and intervention; consultation and collaboration; research and evaluation; and professional practice and standards. 

The Education Specialist (Ed. S.) program is designed to prepare individuals to work as school psychologists in the P-12 setting.  The program prepares candidates to obtain state department of education certification as a school psychologist.  

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program prepares individuals to work as professional psychologists in a variety of settings including schools, academia, research, community agencies, independent practice, and behavioral healthcare and hospital settings.  The program prepares candidates to obtain state department of education certification as well as psychologist licensure. 

Successful completion of both programs also allows graduates to become Nationally Certified School Psychologists through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). 

A Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree can be earned en route to either the Ed.S. or Ph.D. degree but is not offered as a terminal degree.  

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For more information about our department and our degree programs, contact us at:

School and Educational Psychology
Room 226, College of Education
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(812) 237-2880
Fax: (812) 237-2729
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