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School Psychology EdS

Join us for our next VIRTUAL Open House! Learn more about the program, and get your questions answered by faculty and current students!


2023 Available Dates:
January 9th at 11:00am EST
April 6 2023 at 12:00pm EST
June 6 at 12:00pm EST
September 6 at 12:00pm EST


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Now is the best time to apply for your School Psychology EdS or PhD!

The GRE Requirement for fall 2023 has been temporarily waived!

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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 December 1. Contact Dr. Merilee McCurdy for more information about the EdS program.

About School Psychology

Application Requirements

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

Did You Know?!
The GRE Requirement has Been Temporarily Waved!

Now is the best time to apply! The GRE has been waived for all fall 2023 applications to the PhD and EdS programs.
(However, strong GRE scores may increase a student’s chance at a university fellowship. If you feel you have competitive GRE scores, it is in your best interest to submit them with your application.)

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.






Ron Carlini
Clinical Assistant Professor

Merliee McCurdy





Merilee McCurdy





Robert D. Richardson

Chris Skinner





Christopher H. Skinner

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 10/28/2022