School Psychology FAQs

    Click the links below to review answers to frequently asked questions about the School Psychology program:

    Curriculum & schedule

    What is the difference between the full- and part-time tracks?

    The coursework is identical. Part time students take fewer courses per semester, spread out over an additional year. 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.

    Can classes be pushed back or ahead, or are they only offered once per year?

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

    What is the thesis requirement?

    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.

    Is there a place where I can see how many credit hours each class is?

    Yes. Review credit hour details for each class in the program here (pdf) >>

    Is it possible to start the program as a full time student and later cut back to part time?

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

    Is there a specific order in which the classes need to be completed?

    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.

    When would the program start?

    Classes typically begin during the third week of August.

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    Practicum & internship

    Are students placed in an internship site or are they required to find an 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.

    Can students select the location of their internship?

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

    Are students placed in practicum sites?

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

    How many practicum hours are required? How do students attain these?

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

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    Tuition & assistance

    What is the process for securing an assistantship?

    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.

    Why is there an increase in tuition cost during the program?

    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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    Is there a minimum required score for the GRE?

    We do not have a minimum required score. We prefer scores at or above the 50th percentile; however, strong credentials in other areas can offset lower scores.

    Is there a resume required for application?

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

    What should the personal statement look like?

    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.

    Where should I have my transcripts sent?

    Send transcripts to:

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

    How do I submit the letters of reference?

    Mail letter of reference to:

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


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    When should I expect to hear a response after the application in regards to acceptance or an interview?

    Applications are due January 10. Candidates are typically contacted via email 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.

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