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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Curriculum and Instruction (CUR)
with a Concentration in School Psychology (SSP)

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
CIP Code: 13.0301
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 82

Contact Information:
College of Education
Educational and Psychological Studies Department (CNI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
George Batsche
Phone: 813-974-9472


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The Curriculum and Instruction degree is only offered in conjunction with a concentration area. Please see the area of concentration (listed alphabetically in the catalog) to determine whether or not the Curriculum and Instruction degree is available in your area of interest.

The Ed.S. degree consists of a minimum of 36 hours beyond the master's degree and is flexible in its requirements. The degree is designed to provide professional educators with an opportunity to develop competencies in areas of special needs and interests. Consequently, the degree program has few required courses, and each student's program is individually planned in consultation with a faculty program committee. Courses at the 5000 level are inappropriate; and a minimum of 15 hours should be taken at the 7000 level.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools, NCATE and Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below. Refer to each area of concentration for program admission requirements or contact the program for assistance.

For International applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must, according to university policy, submit a TOEFL test score (minimum of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 80 internet-based). See for further clarification and possible exemptions. Please check with program regarding the policy on evaluation of transcripts. For more information, please visit

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements





School Psychology (note greater number of credits than Program minimum)


School Psychology is offered as a concentration under the Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction degree program. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree consists of approximately 92 graduate semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree, and includes two years of practica experiences and a full year, 1,500 clock hour internship, and a thesis or research project. Completion of the Ed.S. degree requires three (3) years of full-time study, including summer semesters beyond the bachelors degree. A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is earned by most students during the first year of their Ed.S. program. However, the M.A. is not considered a terminal degree and is not sufficient for state certification in school psychology.

Concentration Requirements


Psychoeducational Interventions I
Psychoeducational Interventions II
Psychoeducational Interventions III
Psychoeducational Interventions Practicum I
Psychoeducational Interventions Practicum II
Personality Assessment
Biological Bases
Social Psychology Applied to Education
Behavior Disorders in Children
Multicultural Education
Topics in Second Language Acquisition


Note: Students may be required to take additional hours depending on the course of study and or academic deficiencies.


Comprehensive Exam Requirements

Successful completion of the thesis requirement serves as the comprehensive examination for the Ed.S. degree in School Psychology. School psychology students completing their program at the Ed.S. level must demonstrate competency in the skill areas of research and evaluation through the completion of a thesis or a project.


Thesis Requirements


The procedures for completion of the thesis parallel those for the completion of the project and include the following:

  • selection of members of the thesis or project committee, including a Chair
  • completion of a written proposal and oral defense of the proposal to the committee for approval
  • approval from the IRB to initiate study
  • completion of the research study and formal written final document
  • final oral defense of the thesis or project, and final approval by the Chair and committee members

Other Requirements

All students must complete the General Knowledge Exam prior to internship. It is recommended that students take both the General Knowledge Examination and the Professional Education Examination (required for degree completion) at the same time. All students are required to take and pass the National Association of School Psychology Certification Exam during the internship year, prior to graduation.



Oral and/or written




The student is required to plan and successfully complete an individual thesis or project. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for the student to apply knowledge gained in the program to the resolution of significant needs arising from professional practice. A minimum of nine (9) semester hours of thesis enrollment is required in the Ed.S. degree program. Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 2 semester hours in the 6971 thesis course each semester while working on the Ed.S. project and for 2 semester hours in the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who have not completed the project after enrolling in the required 9 hours must continue to enroll in a minimum of two (2) credit hours of 6971 Thesis each semester, including the semester in which the project is submitted to the College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Graduate School (School Psychology students). Students must have an oral defense of the project/thesis with their project/thesis supervisory committee.

Individual areas of specialization may have additional requirements. For information contact the department/program offering the concentration.






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

SPS6700, SPS6701, SPS6702, SPS6940, SPS6941, SPS6196, EDF6213, SPS6101, EDF6938, SPS6947, SPS6971, EDF6883, TSL6700,