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Educational Specialist in School Psychology with Preliminary License


Fall 2020 admissions dates

Application priority deadline: January 5, 2020

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. Apply now!

Admissions Expectations

To align with national-level (NASP) and state-level (TSPC) standards for the recruitment and admission of school psychology candidates, the Lewis & Clark school psychology program requires that each candidate has experience working with youth in educational or social agencies. In addition, your academic preparation should include coursework in the areas of human development, education, and psychology.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, the application form and all supporting materials (including test scores) must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office on or before the published application deadlines.

The following are required for all who are applying for the Educational Specialist in School Psychology with Preliminary License program:

  1. Application Form
    Lewis & Clark uses an online application. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by college and university registrar offices.
  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required and is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for information about the fee waiver process.
  3. Personal Essay: School Psychology
    Applicants to the School Psychology program must submit an essay that addresses all of the topics listed see below. Your essay should be approximately 500 words in length and can be single- or double-spaced. The essay is submitted electronically as part of the online application.
    • The experiences that lead you to believe this is an appropriate career choice for you.
    • The values and concerns that motivate you to pursue professional training in this field.
    • The type of professional work you hope to do.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation
    We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.

    How to submit your letters
    The online application includes the letter of recommendation process. You will be able to manage your letters of recommendation online. The link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers.
  5. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.

    Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.

    How to Submit Transcripts
    Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Applicants must contact their institutions and request official transcripts. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
  6. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. A minimum of 3.4 GPA is required for those students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale. If your GPA falls below the minimum, you will be required submit a letter of explanation with your application materials. 
  7. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.
  8. GRE Test Scores: School Psychology Admissions Testing Requirements
    All applicants are required to provide scores from the GRE General Test. There is no minimum score. Scores from a Basic Skills Test are no longer required for admission. Applicants who are registered for the test but have yet to receive scores may be considered for conditional admission. NOTE: Candidates who currently hold an Oregon Preliminary or Professional Teaching License, or an Oregon Personnel Service License, or a master’s degree or higher at the time of application are not required to submit GRE scores.


Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with School Psychology faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications. The on-campus group interview date is schedule for February 10. Applicants who are invited and live in the greater Portland metropolitan area are expected to attend the on-campus interview. Applicants who are invited and unable to come to campus will be offered a virtual interview.


Application files for all Counseling Psychology programs are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essays, resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials. 

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