Blending tradition and innovation, our programs in school psychology help you explore how and why individuals learn through the study of development, memory, learning, cognition, and assessment in educational settings.

Our educational specialist (EdS) and doctoral (PhD) degrees are full-time, on-campus programs that focus on hands-on experiences in local schools and community counseling facilities, including our own on-campus clinics. Taught by recognized scholars with an excellent student to faculty ratio, you will also benefit from clinical supervision provided by licensed school psychologists and/or psychologists.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for licensure at both state and national levels.

We provide assistantship funding to all students in their first two years of study, and most students receive funding for two additional years. Assistantship funding includes tuition remission both during the academic year and summer semesters, an added value seldom matched by other universities. Assistantship placements are tied seamlessly to your program of study, maximizing your academic experiences and leading to excellent internship and job placement.

What is an educational specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology?

The educational specialist degree in school psychology is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and provides training for students interested in practicing as a licensed school psychologist in a P-12 school setting. This full-time, on-campus program requires 73 credit hours and meets the standards for licensure as a school psychologist in Indiana as well as many other states.

You will complete two years of course work on campus, followed by a one year of internship in a school district (most students find internships in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, or Illinois). Students receive assistantship funding while on campus, including tuition remission during the academic year and summer semesters (students will pay dedicated university fees).

After the first two years of course work, you may choose to apply to the doctoral program in order to continue your studies on campus for two more years prior to pursuing an internship.    

For help determining if a career in school psychology might be right for you, visit these pages on the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website.

Additional information about school psychology, including advice from school psychologists and graduate students in school psychology programs can be found in the book A Complete Guide to the Advanced Study in and the Profession of School Psychology by Erin Marie Morgan of Ohio Wesleyan University. Selections can be found on the University of California at Berkeley's School Psychology website.

What is a doctoral degree (PhD) in school psychology?

A doctoral degree in school psychology trains you as a scientist-practitioner. With this degree, you will be able to help people of all ages in a wide variety of settings including but not limited to school, private practice, mental health, hospital, or academic settings. This degree can lead to licensure as a school psychologist or as a psychologist. During your four years on campus, you will be involved in research with some of the leading scholars in their fields. Ball State has been recognized on numerous occasions for the quantity and quality of research produced by both faculty and graduates of the program.

Many of our graduates have been hired into academic positions at such universities as Wayne State University, Washington University of St. Louis, and Southern Illinois School of Medicine.

Are the graduate programs in school psychology accredited?

The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) granted Ball State University full accreditation for all graduate programs through the doctorate in fields of education in 1961, and the Higher Learning Commission granted final accreditation at the doctoral level in 1974. Presently, we offer master's degrees in 76 fields, specialist in education degrees in four fields, and doctoral degrees in 19 fields of study.

The school psychology programs have earned a reputation for excellence in training and practice. Doctor of philosophy (PhD) and specialist in education (EdS) degrees are fully accredited jointly by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The PhD program was granted full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1985.

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