EdS in School Psychology
In the EdS in School Psychology program, students are trained to become practicing psychologists with the ability to deliver comprehensive services, primarily in school settings. Students also learn to emphasize the use of research findings in clinical decisions to be able to create interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.
The foundation for the school psychology program is based on social and cultural theories of psychological and educational practices with youth. These theories include social cognition and behavior principles to understand and work with a diversity of children in schools.
The EdS school psychology program strongly focuses on preparing students to provide comprehensive school psychological practices. Students learn an ecological problem-solving model of practice and how to apply them in a variety of settings, particularly in urban schools. Students also train to identify evidence-based practices that address the cultural, academic and social needs of children and youth as well as implement and evaluate of those practices.
EdS students in school psychology can assist faculty and PhD students in research activities. This research aims to advance the practice of school psychology and its related disciplines and have a direct or indirect impact on students, parents, educators or other related stakeholders.
School Psychology Philosophy
School psychologists are sensitive to the needs of a culturally diverse community. They value the importance of children to the future of society and advocate on the behalf of children.
As an integral part of human services available to children, adolescents, adults and families, school psychologists function across multiple settings with a focus on educational institutions.
They address diverse referral issues with varied services such as consultation, other social and emotional interventions, academic and behavioral interventions, psycho-educational assessment, in-service education, administrative services, research and evaluation and counseling.
The primary distinction between school psychology and other areas of psychology is the additional focus on education. Our training in both education and psychology uniquely positions ours students to be able to coordinate educational, psychological and behavioral health services to all learners across their lifespans.
Graduates go to work as school psychologists in a variety of school settings.
Deadline to apply: December 1
Program start: Autumn semester
Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree, minimum 3.0 GPA, GRE scores of at least 151 verbal, 147 quantitative
Minimum semester hours to degree completion: 70
Coursework: Rosen functions, urban issues, academic and behavior assessment and interventions for school-aged students
Program requirements: 22 core courses (70 hours)
Other requirements: Second-year practicum, full-time internship
Academic opportunities: Student Affiliates in School Psychology