Apr 20, 2021  
2013-2014 Graduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist, Ed.S. with School Counseling Concentration

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Department of Psychology

Samuel S. Fung, Chair
Psychology, CL 205
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-7233 or email at fungs@apsu.edu

Uma Iyer, Graduate Coordinator
(Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program)
Psychology, CL 215 E
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-6331 or email at iyeru@apsu.edu

Deborah Buchanan Graduate Coordinator
(School Counseling Program)
Psychology, CL 215 C
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-1247 or email at buchanand@apsu.edu

Shunda Brown, Graduate Coordinator
(Mental Health Counseling Program)
Psychology, CL 307 B
P.O. Box 4537
(931) 221-7238 or email at brownsl@apsu.edu


Stuart Bonnington, Shunda Brown, Deborah Buchannan Samuel Fung, Charles Grah, Kevin Harris, Jessica Hatz, Brian Hock, Uma Iyer, Nicole Knickmeyer, Paul Nicodemus, Leigh Schmitt, Stephen Truhon, Charles Woods, and Nanci Woods, Regina K. Ybarra

Psychology is the science of behavior and mental processes. The Psychology Department teaches students the empirical approach to understanding the mind and behavior within an environmental and cultural context. We challenge our undergraduate and graduate students to develop analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to become life-long learners as part of a comprehensive liberal arts education. We encourage our students to apply their knowledge of research and scholarship as ethical and productive members of the community. We serve the University’s overall mission by contributing to a liberal arts education, by providing concentrated programs of study in psychology, and by contributing to the success of other programs of study. The vision of the psychology department is to be recognized throughout the region for the quality of its academic programs.


Regular Admission Status is offered on a selective basis.

Please send the following application materials to the attention of the Program Coordinator: Letters of Recommendation (form available on College of Graduate Studies’ website), Personal Statement, undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial) and GRE scores (may be unofficial). Official transcripts and GRE scores must also be sent to The College of Graduate Studies Office. All required admission requirements are due no later than March 1. Review of completed application packets begin on March 1st. Applications received after this date will be considered based upon openings.

Admission to the M.S. in Counseling Program (both Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations) is competitive and selective.  Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or new version GRE scores on Verbal and Quantitative sections of 142 or above.  A variety of factors are taken into account in admissions including undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and number of available openings in the program of interest.  All completed applications will be reviewed.  Those applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be contacted for a phone, Skype, or on campus intereview.  Priority admission will be given to applicants whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to March 1st for fall admission. Later applications will be considered based upon openings. 

Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment Form: Students admitted to a degree-seeking program must complete the Admission to Candidacy/Program of Study/Committee Assignment form by the end of the first semester (excluding summer terms), regardless of the number of hours in which the student has enrolled.

Conditional Admission Status may be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements prescribed by the College of Graduate Studies, the department and the program to which they apply. Under conditional status, unofficial transcripts and entrance exams may be submitted until the official documents are received in the Graduate Admissions office. It is the applicant’s responsibility to understand specific admission requirements and submit official transcripts and entrance exams by the 10th day of classes (for 8-week sessions, the 6th day of class is the deadline for submitting official documents) for the first registered semester in which the student has applied. After all official documents are received, the applicant will be granted Regular admission status. Applicants who do not submit all official documents in the prescribed time period above will be dropped from all classes in which they are enrolled. If, within the department, an appeal process seems warranted, the departmental chair will submit an appeal letter to the Dean, College of Graduate Studies.

Personal Statement: In addition to the application requirements listed in this section  of the bulletin, applicants to the mental health and school concentrations must submit a two page typewritten personal statement. Lastly, this statement should address any qualities, experiences, or skills that make the applicant well-suited for the counseling profession.

Prerequisites: 12 hours of undergraduate psychology courses General Psychology (Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Statistics) are required of all applicants. Applicants to the Department of Psychology must be formally admitted to the department before they can enroll in classes. Any updates or changes to admission requirements may be found at www.apsu.edu/mscounseling.

For fall consideration of application all materials must be submitted by the deadline of March 1 for the following fall start. After this date interested applicants should contact the corresponding program coordinator to know the possibility of late applications. 



Check the following link for admissions for M.A. in Insustrial Organizational Psychology program:  www.apsu.edu/ioprogram/admissions


Education Specialist, Ed.S.

(32-39 semester hours)

The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master’s.

The psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study. The School Counseling Ed.S. consists of 32 to 39 hours of course work beyond the master’s degree in school counseling. Possible changes in requirements may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Program Coordinator of School Counseling for current information.

All coursework for Master’s Degree in School Counseling (See coordinator of program.)

School Counseling


*Possible changes in Tennessee licensure requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of School Counseling for current information.

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