The M.A. and Ed.S. in school psychology program is structured to educate you in accordance with Indiana school psychology licensure requirements and National Association of School Psychologists standards.
Through the program, you will develop competencies in assessment, consultation, intervention, and prevention through course work, clinic- and field-based practica, and an internship. The course sequence also includes the study of human development, individual differences, learning, curriculum, research methods, and statistics.
Practicum and internship experiences focus on both regular and special education classrooms and developing working partnerships with teachers and parents. The program also acknowledges the diverging needs of the profession and seeks to provide students with the foundation skills needed to consider a range of career options.
A master's degree in school psychology does not prepare you for certification as a school psychologist in Indiana. To be eligible to obtain a school psychologist license in the state of Indiana, you must complete a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in school psychology with a minimum of 60 semester hours from an institution regionally accredited to offer such a degree. In order to be eligible for licensure through Ball State University, you must complete all course requirements (73 semester hours). Because of the number of hours required, most students elect to obtain either an educational specialist (Ed.S.) or doctoral (Ph.D) degree.
The Ed.S. degree normally requires two years of full-time study on campus for completion of course work and practica, plus a full-time internship during the third year.
The specialist in education (Ed.S.) degree is jointly accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
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