School Psychology

Application deadline for Fall 2020 is February 1. Interviews for selected applicants will be held in early to mid February. Contact Dr. Mesmer (program coordinator) with any questions

Wecome to the School Psychology Program at Radford University! Thank you for your interest in the progrm and for visiting the program's website. The school psychology program at RU has been in existence since 1967 and became a three-year Education Specialist program in 1978. The program is approved by the Virginia Department of Education, and the National Association of School Psychologists. The faculty are proud of our long history of producing well-trained school psychologists who successfully serve schools in the Commonwealth and beyond. Over the years the program has continuously adapted its training so that graduates are prepared to meet the dynamic and complex needs of children, families, and schools. These changes are reflected in our progressive curriculum and training experiences. In addition, we work to retain a small student to faculty ratio, with an approximate ongoing ratio of 1 faculty member for every 6 graduate students. This ratio allows faculty to work closely with students in the classroom, on research projects, and in clinical supervision. Faculty embrace their role as professional mentors and encourage students to travel to professional conferences, present and publish with faculty, and serve on graduate student committees within various organizations. The program at RU emphasizes training in comprehensive service delivery, and an ecological orientation in understanding student and family needs. Importance is placed on intervention development and delivery, advocacy, and data-driven and ethical decision making. We hope you will take a few minutes to further explore the information provided on the program’s webpages to learn more about school psychology at RU. If you have questions about the program and would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Sincerely, 

Eric Mesmer, Ph.D., NCSP — Program Coordinator, School Psychology 

Why Choose School Psychology at RU?

We are proud of our program and the opportunities we provide to our students.

  • You’ll take assessment and intervention classes in cognition, academics, neuropsychology, and early childhood.
  • We provide two counseling classes that will train you to work with individual students, small groups and to do crisis intervention counseling.
  • Students are well trained in state of the art practices such as RTI and neuropsychological assessment and intervention.
  • We work with students that want to complete their third-year internship in their home state, increasing the likelihood that they will be offered a job there.
  • Our faculty are school psychologists that have real life experience working in school districts.
  • Student may earn both an Ed.S. Degree in School Psychology and an M.S. degree in psychology.
  • We are one of the few programs that offer a Study Abroad option.
  • We are fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and our graduates are eligible to apply to be a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Alumni from the School Psychology Program at Radford University