Mental health practices in schools: Online educational specialist degree
Educational specialist in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in mental health practices in schools (EdSp)
Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of this program requires 31 credit hours.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Required courses (4 credit hours)
|ESC_PS 8020 Overview of Research Methods||X||X|
|ESC_PS 8490 Mental Health in Schools Capstone Paper |
1 credit hour
Foundation courses (strongly recommended)
|ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human Learning||X||X||X|
|ESC_PS 7460 Foundations of School Mental Health|
Title change: formerly Exploring Mental Health Issues in Schools
|ESC_PS 8087: Empirically Supported Treatments and Interventions for Youth Mental Health||A|
|ESC_PS 8425 Effects of Maltreatment on Child and Adolescent Development||X|
|ESC_PS 8430 Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth|
Title change: formerly Child and Adolescent Mental Health
|ESC_PS 8435 Wellness Management for School Personnel||X|
|ESC_PS 8440 School Mental Health: Policy, Law and Ethics||X|
|ESC_PS 8445 Building Resiliency and Optimism in Youth||X|
|ESC_PS 8450 Diversity Issues in School Mental Health|
Title change: formerly Diversity Issues for School Personnel
|ESC_PS 8455 Bully and Youth Violence: Prevention and Reduction||Odd|
|ESC_PS 8460 Communication and Collaboration with Children and Families||A|
|ESC_PS 8465 Vital Issues in School Mental Health||Even|
|ESC_PS 8470 Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health|
Title change: formerly Mental Health Preventions and Interventions for School Personnel
|ESC_PS 8475 Proactive Behavior Management||X|
|ESC_PS 8550 Diversity and Multiculturalism II - Practical Application*||X|
|ESC_PS 8555 African American Education - Historic and Current Issues*||X|
|ESC_PS 8560 Immigrant Issues in Education*||X|
|ESC_PS 8565 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in the Schools*||X|
Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester
*You may apply these courses toward a graduate certificate in multicultural education. Students must apply to the Multicultural Ed program and be accepted for the grad cert to be posted on the MU transcript.
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
The program culminates with capstone integrative paper (ESC_PS 8490), in which you will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies you have acquired through the course work.
How to apply
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
- GRE scores are not required.
Mark your calendar
This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.
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Gather your papers
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Personal statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your experience in teaching, helping or counseling; your interests and career objectives and how these interests and career objectives have developed; how the program will benefit your career and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. Include interests, leadership roles, experience working with diverse groups, or other skills or experiences that distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study.
- Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
- Résumé or CV.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
Complete the online application
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Educational Specialist Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Educational School and Counseling Psychology/ Mental Health Practices in Schools/Educational Specialist (EdSp)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
Ask us about this program
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.