The Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS) distance-learning programs are designed for working professionals. You’ll earn your degree through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements.
Our coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists. You’ll receive training in:
- Student and program evaluation (measurement principles)
- Development of academic and social-behavioral intervention plans (e.g., instructional and behavioral analysis, consultation and home-school collaboration)
- Research (methods and statistics)
We adopt a preventive focus by training candidates to assess and intervene at the individual, school-wide and at-risk group level. Knowledge and skills are developed through integrated coursework, field experiences and internship.
Our programs require a strong field-based supervisory model. We train our site-based supervisors in the late summer/early fall and our practicum students and interns have measurable goals for their field experiences. We continue to encourage applications from professionals who have established a relationship with a school district that is supporting their application and that can offer strong supervision. We like to see that applicants are applying from districts that are willing to implement NASP’s practice model that includes school psychologists in direct service roles and that are offering paid internships. If you wish to apply to one of our programs and do not yet have a connection to a school district in your area, reach out before you apply to seek these connections and ask these questions. This will help pave the path to finding a potential supervisor and placement that will meet your needs and our requirements.