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School Psychology EdS

The School Psychology Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville offers an Education Specialist (EdS) degree and a Doctoral (PhD) degree. Both programs will prepare graduates to work to improve the quality of services for children and youth in a variety of settings. Both programs are offered on campus. Online options are not available. The UT School Psychology programs prepare professionals who work collaboratively with educators, administrators, parents, and children to promote learning and development in general education students and for students with special needs. Our training is based on the Scientist-Practitioner model and graduate students learn to use a problem-solving approach to address student difficulties in learning and/or challenging behavior in field-based sites including urban, suburban, and rural schools. Research is an integral part of training.

For more about the EdS degree program, continue below. Click here to learn more about the PhD program.

The University of Tennessee School Psychology program has now added an Education Specialist (EdS) degree program, in addition to the current doctoral program. The EdS degree in School Psychology is a three-year, on campus program designed to prepare qualified school psychologists who can provide evidence-based assessment, consultation, and interventions in K-12 settings. The third year of the EdS program is a year-long internship. The first cohort of EdS students enrolled in fall of 2020. While the new program cannot be NASP approved at this point, the program is approved by the TN State Department of Education. The application deadline for the EdS program is February 1. Contact Dr. Merilee McCurdy for more information about the EdS program.

About School Psychology

Application Requirements

Complete applications are due each year on February 1 for fall admissions.

The curriculum for the EdS program in School Psychology can be found in the UT Graduate catalog.

Curriculum Requirements

Financial Aid Information

Includes EPC GA Application form, departmental fellowships/scholarships, and links to other funding sources around UT Knoxville.

Core Faculty

Steve McCallum

R. Steve McCallum

Merliee McCurdy

Merilee McCurdy

Chris Skinner

Christopher H. Skinner

Robert Williams

Robert L. Williams

Affiliated Faculty

Ron Carlini
Clinical Assistant Professor

Robert D. Richardson
Clinical Associate Professor

Brian Wilhoit

Brian Wilhoit
Clinical Professor


Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

*Questions related to accreditation of the program should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979


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Updated 10/12/2021