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The School Psychology Program prepares professional psychologists with educational expertise who can function in a variety of diverse educationally related settings. The “scientist practitioner” and “ecological systems”/”whole child” concepts guide the program. These views foster the conception of the school psychologist as broadly capable of conducting research and practicing effectively with clients, in addition to considering the ecological complex in which the child exists.  The School Psychology program offers two degree options: Educational Specialist (EdS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Both programs are approved by through the National Association of School Psychologists and the Doctor of Philosophy program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  

A wealth of career opportunities to support children, families, schools, and communities

 

The school psychology programs offer a breadth of classroom choices and a wealth of field experiences. The combination of these classroom and experiential activities result in graduates who are prepared for many of the professional challenges of a school psychologist. The EdS program is a three year program (2 years of coursework, 1 year of internship) while the PhD program is a 5 year program (4 years of coursework, 1 year of internship).

 Graduates of the programs are afforded a wide variety of opportunities. Specialist graduates are typically employed in public school positions, but opportunities also exist in educational cooperatives, specialized school settings, and agencies. Doctoral graduates have similar opportunities and also have opportunities for college and university teaching, research and program evaluation positions, and a broader array of positions in agencies providing mental health, health, and developmental services to children and adolescents. Placement in appropriate professional positions has been close to 100% in recent years. Our alumni work in P-12 schools, universities and agencies across the commonwealth and many of the 50 states.

School Psychology Specialist (EdS) Degree - Application Requirements

  1. CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  2. Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement.
  3. GRE
  4. Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)

 

Application Deadline
  • Fall: February 1

 

School Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  1. CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  2. Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement.
  3. Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating APA style command (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  4. GRE (optional unless eligible and applying for a fellowship)
  5. Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)

 

Application Deadline
  • Fall: December 1

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

 

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.