The School Psychology program is a full-time, nationally approved, 78 semester hour M.Ed./Ed.S. program. Students complete the program in three years. Selected applicants will be invited to meet with faculty once their files are complete and received by the Department of Education and School Psychology.

Applications are reviewed by program faculty three times per year.  In order to be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted to the office of graduate studies by February 1 (summer and fall semesters), July 1 (last deadline for limited slots in fall semester (if available)), or October 15 (spring semester). A limited number of candidates can be accepted.

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination  is a requirement for the Master of Education degree. This exam consists of a general section and a program section.


  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE): Initial and Advanced Programs.
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Ohio Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a major in education (equivalent to the training necessary for a teacher certificate) or psychology.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.
  • A completed application.
  • A written statement  indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two  favorable letters of reference with recommendation cover sheet from persons that are able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed with graduate studies.
  • Applicants to the School Psychology program must submit a program questionnaire.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
  • Evidence of ability to work effectively with people.
  • Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Acceptance of assigned internship.

Course Requirements

The Exceptional Learner ED 419
Orientation to the Educational Environment ED 503*
Tests and Measurements ED 530
Developmental Psychology ED 532
Learning-Teaching ED 534
Psychoeducational Evaluation I ED 536A
Psychoeducational Evaluation II ED 536B
The Role and Function of the School Psychologist ED 540
Counseling Theories CG 561
Counseling Techniques and Practice CG 562

*For incoming students with a valid Ohio teaching license. PS 457 (Psychopathology) or ED 451 (Theories of Personality) must be taken in place of ED 503 (Orientation to the Educational Environment).

The master’s degree in School Psychology is conferred upon the satisfactory completion of the above courses and a comprehensive examination.

NOTE: A master’s degree or doctoral degree in another area cannot be accepted in lieu of the M.Ed. in School Psychology. Graduate coursework to be considered for transfer credit should be petitioned by the student following admission to the program. Consult Graduate Studies for information regarding procedures and policies for transferring coursework.

In addition to the above courses leading to the M.Ed. degree, candidates for the Ed.S. degree and School Psychology licensure must also complete the following courses:

Multicultural Education ED 453
Research Methods ED 502
Introductory Statistics ED 533
Child Psychopathology ED 541
Practicum Experience I: School Psychology ED 543
Literacy Diagnosis and Intervention Models ED 578
Practicum Experience II: School Psychology ED 590
Consultation Skills ED 592
Seminar in School Psychology (A & B) ED 593
Supervised Experience in School Psychology
(A, B, & C)
ED 597
Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling CG 535

The number and availability of internship placements (ED 597) are restricted from year to year. Criteria and procedures for determining placements are located in the Program Handbook. Failure to accept an internship placement as planned may result in losing the opportunity for this experience due to the limited number of placements available. Candidates accepting a state paid internship must agree in writing to provide one year of service as a School Psychologist in the State of Ohio.

Successful completion of the appropriate PRAXIS II Assessments is required for program completion and licensure.

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to candidates who have been admitted to the John Carroll University School Psychology program. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses in School Psychology by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department.  Assistants assist professors with courses and research.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.The number and availability of supervised experiences (ED 597) is restricted by various circumstances from year to year. Criteria for determining placements are available in the placement policy statement. Students accepting a state paid internship must agree in writing to provide one year of service as a School Psychologist in the State of Ohio. Failure to accept an appointment as planned may result in losing the opportunity for this experience due to the limited number available.