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Curriculum & Schedule

Full-time students take classes across two years, followed by a 9-month, full-time (40 hours/week) internship. Part-time students take classes across three years, followed by the 10-month full-time (40 hours/week) internship. Full-time students are typically in class 2-3 evenings per week; part-time students have class 1-2 evenings per week, depending on the semester.

Most classes are offered only once per year, thus we prefer students to follow a precise sequence of coursework.

A thesis is required for the Ed.S. degree. This involves completion of an independent research project. During their first year, students explore areas of interest and commit to a topic by the beginning of their second year. This research experience is guided by program faculty and culminates in a written project and oral defense.

This is possible, depending on individual circumstances. The reverse (beginning part-time and later switching to full-time) is not possible.

Yes, when you begin the program you will receive a course sequence. Our classes operate in a cohort model, so you will take most of your classes with the same group of peers.

Classes begin in the Fall semester.

Academic calendar

Practicum & Internship

Students are placed in pre-approved sites that meet a set of standards. Students who choose to do an out-of-state internship are responsible for locating their own placement.

Student input is sought prior to placements, but final placements are determined by program faculty.

Students are generally responsible for locating their own practicum sites; the process is guided by program faculty.

Students attain a minimum of 240 practicum hours prior to internship. These are attained in 6 practicum courses, each requiring 40 hours of experience.

Tuition & Assistance

When students apply to the program, they can simultaneously apply for assistantships through Student Development and the School of Education and Health Sciences. Such students should also inform program faculty that they are interested in being considered for an assistantship.

The University of Dayton charges a different per-credit rate for masters vs. educational specialist (Ed.S.) hours. During the first year of the program, students are working on their master's degree. After earning the master's, they transition to the specialist program, which is billed at a slightly higher rate.

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We no longer require the GRE unless your GPA falls below 2.75.

We prefer scores at or above the 50th percentile; however, strong credentials in other areas can offset lower scores.

A resume is not required; however, some candidates choose to bring one to their interviews.

Your personal statement should paint a picture of yourself. Your statement should give insight to your experiences, qualifications, and professional goals.

Indicate why you would like to become a school psychologist, and why you chose to apply to the University of Dayton. Include descriptions of any relevant experiences such as research and study experience, work experience with children, and even personal experience.

Also, indicate how the program will aid in future career objectives. It is also appropriate to cite strengths and weaknesses you see within yourself. Above all, make your statement personable and interesting, and ensure that you proofread and present your best writing.

Send transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admission Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1301

Email letters of reference to or mail them to:

Office of Graduate Admission Processing
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1670

Candidates are typically emailed at the beginning of February with invitations for on-campus interviews. Interviews are held at the end of February/early March. Candidates are notified of acceptance by mid-March. Candidates have until April 15 to accept or decline admission offers.


School Psychology Program

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962