School Psychology Rural Hybrid EdS Program
Our School Psychology Rural Hybrid Ed.S. program allows students to take part in the practical experiences, research opportunities, and coursework you'll need to work with children of all developmental abilities and their families as a school psychologist within rural Colorado communities. This program is designed for people living in rural Colorado communities who want to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology without relocating to a university campus. The program’s hybrid modality enables students to engage in virtual coursework during the school year and attend class on campus in the summers before and after the first year of the program. Practical experience and rigorous coursework will help prepare graduates to solve problems and make decisions to support diverse students, families, and schools within their community.
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Applicants should identify with a rural Colorado community and plan to work as a school psychologist within this community throughout training and post-graduation. We encourage a diverse range of applicants from different lived experiences to apply.
Rural Education District Definition
Rural Education Council: A Colorado school district is determined to be rural based on the size of the district, the distance from the nearest large urban/urbanized area and having a student enrollment of approximately 6,500 students or fewer. Small rural districts are those districts meeting these same criteria and having a student population of fewer than 1,000 students. (Rural Definition Letter CDE, 2013)
Please check the rural school district designation list to see if the district(s) considered meet these criteria.
Additionally, this program requires applicants to receive a sponsorship letter from a Colorado BOCES.
The Rural Hybrid School Psychology program offers tuition support for students admitted to the program and who meet the program qualifications. At a minimum, 70% of the tuition will be covered through federal and state grants. Additionally, qualifying students' travel, accommodation and food costs will be provided for in-person summer courses.
Program Qualifications for Scholarship
- Admittance to the degree program
- Rural Colorado BOCES/district sponsorship
- Commitment to serve a rural Colorado community for three years post-graduation.
This program awards an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) which consists of 90 credits over three years with the majority of the coursework taken within the first two years of the program. The program begins in the summer with in-person learning for three weeks to deliver content and build connections with other graduate students. All courses held over the fall, winter, and spring quarters (between the months of September – June) will be virtual. See coursework plan for detailed classes and credit breakdown.
1st Year – three weeks in-person learning
2nd year – two weeks in-person learning
3rd Year – all virtual courses, no in-person learning
All students will engage in field placement throughout their training during their first year with a shadowing experience with a school psychologist in your BOCES/district. All practicum and internship placements will be held within your sponsoring BOCES/district. Students will also have the opportunity during the second summer to engage with the University of Denver Educational Services Clinic during their in-person summer learning.
1st Year – Practicum I within their Sponsoring BOCES/district (1 day/week)
Summer before 2nd Year – University of Denver Educational Clinic (two weeks)
2nd Year – Practicum II within their Sponsoring BOCES/district (2 days/week)
3rd Year – Ed.S. Internship within their Sponsoring BOCES/district (full-time paid)
Licensure & Certification
After students complete the Ed.S. program and pass the Praxis II and National Association of School Psychologists licensing exams, they may be eligible for a Colorado Department of Education school psychologist license as well as the National Association of School Psychologists' national certification. Upon completion, graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to help students of all backgrounds and developmental abilities grow and thrive.