Program Leader: Franci Crepeau-Hobson
Office: Lawrence Street Center, 1113
Web site: www.ucdenver.edu/education/spsy
Information about faculty in the school psychology program is available online at www.ucdenver.edu/education.
The educational specialist degree in school psychology is a 74 graduate semester-hour program that leads to licensure in school psychology by the Colorado Department of Education, national certification in school psychology by the National School Psychology Certification Board and the educational specialist degree (EdS) in school psychology.
This NASP-approved program allows students to create individual plans for meeting program requirements on a full- or part-time basis, during summer and academic year terms and during evening and weekend hours.
The school psychology faculty have adopted a preventative model of school mental health services. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- screen for and recognize the early warning signs of social, emotional or academic risk, distinguishing between these and the typical development of infants, children and adolescents (birth–age 21)
- communicate effectively and consult collaboratively with students, parents, school professionals and community leaders to enhance the academic and mental health skills of students
- incorporate data-based decision making through formal and informal assessment procedures and planning interventions that enhance students’ cognitive, social-emotional and behavioral competencies
- plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of preventative and remedial therapeutic interventions that strengthen students’ mental health and academic skills
- advocate for children and families through the application of legal, ethical and professional standards for practice
Successful applicants to the school psychology (SPSY) program will have obtained a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and will score at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE. Also, applicants will submit a current resume, a statement of goals and three letters of recommendations. Applicants meeting these minimum standards will be invited to a half-day group interview that involves program orientation, a writing assignment and a group dynamics exercise.
Application materials are available by calling the Student Services Center at 303-315-6300 or coming to Lawrence Street Center, Suite 701. All materials must be submitted to the Student Services Center in one complete packet by the appropriate deadline —February 15 for fall semester. Application materials include the following:
- part I of the application for admissions
- tuition classification form
- $50 application fee (make checks payable to the University of Colorado Denver )
- written statement
- three letters of recommendations (in sealed and signed envelopes)
- two official transcripts from each higher education institution attended (in the original, sealed envelope)
- official GRE scores sent directly to the University of Colorado Denver
- oath and consent
- fingerprint card
- online written response
Requirements for the Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology and Licensure
Students will complete course work in child development, learning and cognition, educational methods, professional issues, assessment, counseling, intervention and consultation. Specific course requirements include one prerequisite course, 20 graduate courses and 14 graduate semester hours (1700 clock hours) of supervised experiences. Prerequisites include an undergraduate or graduate course in exceptional children and an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurement. Students will complete the following core course work:
Total: 74 Hours
The education specialist in school psychology degree also requires satisfactory completion of two professional portfolios (pre-internship and EdS) demonstrating mastery of the program objectives and passing scores ( = 660) on the PRAXIS specialty exam in school psychology.
All students in the SPSY program are expected to show a strong commitment to the program and to maintain a high academic, professional, ethical standards and sensitivity to diversity. Inappropriate or unprofessional conduct is cause for discipline or dismissal from the program.