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Welcome to the Admissions Information Page for the School Psychology Program at Kent State University

 

We are very excited that you are interested in applying to the program. The School Psychology Program at Kent State is very well respected and has a national recognition for providing progressive training. Program prestige can make a big difference when seeking later employment in the field. If you want to work in a high-quality setting, you will need a degree from a well-respected training program. The School Psychology Program at Kent State is steeped in history and remains as a national leader in preparing tomorrow's school psychologists. Graduates of this program not only are well prepared for working in the field, but also emerge as leaders and agents of change in a variety of educational and/or clinical contexts.

Join the School Psychology Program at Kent State University

Become one of tomorrow's leaders

 

Application Procedure and Materials

Application materials to the School Psychology program must be submitted as an electronic application through the Online Graduate School Application. The following materials listed below are required for application to both the Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs:

  1. Apply online
  2. Written Statement of Personal Goals
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation (additional letters are permitted)
  4. School Psychology Supplemental Data Form
  5. Questions in Anticipation of Licensure Form
  6. Copy of Current Resume/Vita
  7. Official Transcripts with Degree Posted
    • One official transcript from each college and/or university (except Kent State) in which 12 quarter hours (8 semester hours) or more were earned.
  8. Official GRE scores
    • Please request your GRE scores to be sent to both of the following codes:
      • 3999 (KSU Graduate School of Education) and
      • 1367 (KSU Institutional Code)
  9. Sample of Written Work
    • When selecting a sample of written work as part of required application materials, please note that program faculty are most interested in reviewing a paper or writing sample related to the education and/or development of school-aged children (e.g., a paper written for a previous course or an original research project summary).
  10. Application Fee
    • Check or Money Order for $30.00 payable to Kent State University (this fee is non-refundable)
  11. Graduate Assistant Application (optional)

In addition to these required application materials, applicants are encouraged strongly to interview or shadow practicing school psychologists (this is not a requirement; all arrangements are to be made by the applicant). Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to visit the website of the National Association of School Psychologists (www.nasponline.org), to find out more about the role of the school psychologist.

Please feel free to use the checklist provided to ensure and keep record that you have completed and submitted all required materials.

 


Applicants are encouraged to confirm receipt of all application materials prior to the application deadline.
For questions about the status of online application materials, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies at 330-672-2661. 

 

Dates and Deadlines

Application materials for admission to the School Psychology Program are due in January, June, and October (see table below). The Program Coordinator will arrange an interview with applicants meeting the minimum requirements when completed files have been reviewed. The program's three admission cycles follow the schedule below:

Deadline for Application Materials (for review):
Interviews and Admission Decision:
**Begin Coursework (admission term):
October 15
November Spring (January)
January 1
February Summer (June)
June 15
July Fall (August)

**Students are able to defer enrollment to a preferred semester

 

Admission Criteria and Selection

     Minimum criteria for admission to the Ed.S. program include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if applicable).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Knowledge test is required. At this time, the program has not established a specific cutoff score for all GRE subtests. However, most successful applicants obtain scores at or above the 35th percentile in all domains. The program may eliminate applicants from the pool prior to the interview if two or more areas on the GRE fall below the 25th percentile.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people.
  • Evidence of leadership traits important for school psychologists, including persistence, flexibility, and a positive attitude.
  • Interview with program faculty (arranged by the Program Coordinator when all other application materials have been received).

    Minimum criteria for admission to the Ph.D. program include:

  • An undergraduate GAP of 3.0 or higher; a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher (if applicable).
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Knowledge test is required. At this tie, the program has not established specific cutoff scores for all GRE subtests. However, most successful applicants obtain scores at or above the 35th percentile in all domains. The program may eliminate applicants from the pool prior to the interview if two or more areas on the GRE fall below the 25th percentile. 
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people.
  • Evidence of leadership traits important for school psychologists, including persistence, flexibility, and a positive attitude. 
  • Interviews with program faculty (arranged by the Program Coordinator when all other application materials have been reviewed).
The School Psychology Program at Kent State University is committed to the recruitment and retention of persons from diverse backgrounds. A holistic review of applicants' materials is conducted by program faculty; and, performance below the criterion listed in a single area will not necessarily eliminate a candidate from consideration. Approximately 15 to 20 students enroll into the Ed.S. program annually. Over the past four years, approximately 2 students have enrolled in the Ph.D. program each year. On average, the program admits 25% to 30% of the total number of individuals who submit an application. All applicants receive written notification of admission decisions.