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I am applying to five school psych grad programs in the Midwest. My question is about statements of purpose and what to include in them. I am applying for Eds programs, NOT PhD programs. Should I still include my research interests, especially if they relate to the program's faculty? I do not intend to do that much research, but I still am very excited that one particular school has several professors that share my interests.

My example: the professors' interests are listed as foster care placement, childhood depression and coping, school violence prevention and Autism. I plan to mention at least some of these, but should I mention the specific professors, by name, that have researched the topics?

Also, is it appropriate to discuss the location of the school and why I would want to move there?

Thanks in advance!
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