Entry Level Requirements. The NMSU Graduate School sets as a basic entry-level requirement for the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) the holding of a master’s degree or its equivalent except for the school psychology program. Students who do not hold a master‘s degree may apply in their senior undergraduate year. Students who already possess the master’s degree should hold it in a closely related field, such as special education, educational diagnostics, school counseling, general counseling, or psychology.
School Psychology Requirements
- At this time, we do not require GRE scores as part of the admissions process. Please note, though, that some awards, scholarships, and/or fellowships outside of NMSU for which you may wish to apply in the future may require GRE scores. We, however, do not require the GRE.
- For students who hold an advanced degree (master‘s degree or equivalent) or have completed graduate coursework and have taken the GRE as a requirement for admission to those programs/coursework may request that these scores be accepted for admission regardless of the date taken; however, the following also need to be met:
- Students will need to submit official copies to the Graduate Student Services office or a copy of their individual report to the program so that scores can be verified.
- These scores will be considered in conjunction with GPA in the advanced degree and/or coursework; students will still be required to have maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA in their prior gradate work to the school psychology program regardless of when the GRE was taken.
- Students who hold an advanced degree or graduate coursework and did not take the GRE as a requirement for admission to these program/coursework are still required to take the GRE and submit official scores to the Graduate Student Services Office for consideration for admission to the School Psychology Program.
- An official transcript from every college or university attended.
- A professional statement (personal statement). Your statement should address the following:- Experience with Diverse Populations- Professional Experience (if applicable) (i.e., Teaching, Counseling, Assessment/Diagnostics)- Experience working with preschool to school-age children and adolescents- Community Service/Volunteer Experience- Why you have chosen School Psychology as a profession
– Statement of multicultural/diversity philosophy
- At least three current (i.e., less than 1 year old) letters of support from different individuals. Information and/or criteria can be found on the Application Checklist attached to the application form.
- A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your educational, professional, and other experiences, interests, etc. Your resume/CV must include current contact information.
- Additional optional materials include published research papers, special projects, licensure/certifications, grants, etc.
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