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Develop competencies in culturally relevant and responsive intervention, assessment, consultation, and prevention through course work, clinic- and field-based practica, and an internship through our Master of Arts/Specialist in Education in School Psychology Program. We are an inclusive and community-focused program where our students gain extensive, direct, and supervised experience with diverse populations.

The course sequence also includes the study of human development, individual differences, learning, curriculum, research methods, and statistics to prepare you to be a scientist-practitioner-advocate.

Our MA/EdS in school psychology program educates you in accordance with Indiana school psychology licensure requirements and National Association of School Psychologists standards. In order to be eligible for licensure through Ball State University, you must minimally complete all course requirements (73 semester hours) for the EdS program.

What Can You Do with an MA/EdS in School Psychology?

The competencies you’ll learn in our MA/EdS program for school psychology will prepare you to provide health service psychology in multiple settings, including but not limited to schools.

Students have a 100-percent placement rate in internship and employment positions.

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This program  has been continuously approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Program Benefits

You’ll work closely with faculty who are leading experts in their field. Ball State’s MA/EdS program provides an excellent student-to-faculty ratio and small classes with many opportunities for hands-on experiences.

Faculty Serving the MA/EdS programs in School Psychology (current research and grants):
Maria Hernández Finch, PhD, Director of the MA/EdS programs in School Psychology (Equity and Social Justice in Prevention/Intervention, Assessment, & Methods; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Gifted)
Andrew Davis, PhD (Neuropsychology)
Katie Maki, PhD (Academic Interventions and Specific Learning Disability Identification)
David McIntosh (Autism Spectrum Disorder; Assessment)
Renee Nevins, PhD (Clinical Practice; Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Evaluation)
Eric Pierson, PhD (Personality; Gifted; Clinical & Ethical Practice Issues)
Janay Sander, PhD (Juvenile Justice; Culturally Relevant & Responsive Consultation)

Each academic year you will be placed in a school setting for a total upon graduation exceeding 2,000 clock hours of real-world experience.

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This program  has been continuously approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

The EdS program specifically trains students to be educational leaders able to assist their schools in the following ways:

  1. Interpret and translate data and assessments to transform student outcomes and learning.
  2. Facilitate individual and group academic and behavioral interventions to maximally impact children’s ability to learn and thrive in their schools and communities.
  3. Lead educational equity efforts with proven culturally sustaining and culturally relevant methods that empower communities to address systemic barriers and disproportional access.
  4. Support children, families and educators through expert participant-consultant efforts at the individual, grade level, school building and system levels.
  5. Provide expertise in specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavioral concerns, neuropsychological disorders, and other areas of specific student need that consider lived experience and context.

Major Requirements

The EdS degree normally requires two years of full-time study on campus for completion of coursework and practica, plus a full-time internship during the third year.

Credits Required


Practica and Internships

Practicum and internship experiences focus on both regular and special education classrooms, as well as developing working partnerships with teachers, families, and community agencies and partnerships. 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.

Your training experiences will occur in a series of applied settings, including public schools in the region and the Ball State Psychoeducational Diagnostic and Intervention Clinic (PDIC).

Courses and Curriculum

Through our program, you will gain specific competencies in:

  • Research
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Professional issues
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Consultation
  • Mental Health Intervention
  • Academic and Behavioral Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Response to Intervention (RtI), Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)
  • Youth Crisis and Trauma Counseling
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Counseling Exceptional Children

For a complete list of all the classes you will take and their descriptions, consult our Graduate Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

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