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Hi everyone! I decided to create a thread for the peeps applying for school psychology programs for Fall 2019! What schools are you applying to? Are you going for an EdS or PhD program? How did you pick your programs? In general, how is the whole process going for you all? I hope I can get people to add on to this because it would be nice to have people to relate to haha. I am personally applying for PhD programs. My finalized list (so far) includes: Northern Arizona University, University of Memphis, University of Washington, and University of Virginia. I am excited to hear about everyone else!
So, I am currently in a specialist level program in school psychology (69 hours, SSP | MA/CAGS level). When I went into the program, I was uncertain about ever getting my doctoral degree, for various reasons, so I decided to go into the specialist level. Now, I am more sure of what I want. My ultimate goal is to go back to school after this program and get my doctorate in psychology (PhD/PsyD). I am hoping to get it in either school psychology or counseling psychology. I am leaning heavily toward school psychology, obviously. So, my question is, how many of you guys have gone this route (getting the specialist or masters degree first and then going on to a PhD in school psych)? Do you have any advice for someone looking to go this route? I have seen / spoken to a few programs (such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. John's University, and a few others) where they have said that having the specialist degree will give me advanced standing and I will be able to complete the program in a shorter amount of time. The program at UNC-Chapel Hill is designed for students who already have the specialist degree, so it is a shorter program to begin with. Do you guys know of other schools like this? Any help is appreciated.