Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed admission application and application fee.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended. A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a preferred GPA of 2.75 or above in undergraduate work and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in any graduate work.
    1. An undergraduate major in psychology, education, or closely related field is required. Applicants without prior teaching, counseling, or experience in education are strongly encouraged to have at least one year of volunteer or paid experience working with children or adolescents,
  3. A Statement of purpose. Write a statement of purpose addressing the following points: your reasons for entering the school counseling or school psychology profession, any personal or professional experiences and/or qualifications related to your intended field of study, and your perspectives on the relevance and role of cultural competence in school counseling or school psychology. Your statement should be approximately 1,500-words in length and typewritten.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to and the potential to be a competent educator. Letters must be from individuals who can knowledgeably comment s academic skills, employment/volunteer experience, leadership potential, and professional abilities.
  5. Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST or Equivalent).
  6. Resume
  7. Current TB Clearance.
  8. Certificate of Clearance.

Following receipt and review of all application materials, an on-campus interview is required for candidates being considered for admission.

Additional Program Information


The Educational Counseling and School Psychology Programs requires students to earn a minimum of a B (3.0) in all coursework. Students must maintain an overall average of B (3.0) or better throughout the program.

Course Sequence and Availability

Candidates are directed to follow the course sequence as required by the program. Additionally, candidates are advised to be mindful that each course may only be offered once per academic year/term. Changes to the program course sequence are rare. If a change to course sequence is necessary, candidates must meet with the program academic advisor to ensure it matches the availability of courses and meets all pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements.

Dismissal from the Program

Candidates may be dismissed from the program under several circumstances, including but not limited to: academic dishonesty, academic disqualification, failure to maintain minimum academic standards, failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress, unethical or unprofessional conduct, failure of program activities measuring student competencies/or dispositions, circumstances interfering with training or well-being of others, and/or felony conviction. Candidates dismissed from the program may not apply for readmission.

Credential Recommendation Time Limit

Students are expected to complete requirements for the master’s degree and graduate within three years from the date of matriculation. All credential requirement and recommendations must be completed within 5 years from the start of the student’s first course in the Educational Counseling and School Psychology programs.

Advanced Standing

Candidates must receive advanced standing in order to enroll in PPS 581 Leading School Counseling Programs. Candidates must have completed all stipulations of admission in order to apply for Advanced Standing. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework, completed PPS 560 School Counseling Supervision 2, be in good academic standing, and have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all work applicable to the degree program.