Educational Specialist (EdS) School Psychology

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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.

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Choosing Your Program

The Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS) is available as a hybrid program or as a fully online program. There are a few differences between the programs; use the following table to help decide which is best for you.

CategoryHybridOnline
Eligibility Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, early childhood education, or related fields, with the applicant’s transcript showing evidence of courses in research methods, inferential statistics, learning, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology (evidence of tests and measurement and biopsychology are highly recommended)
  • GPA ≥3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded credits
  • Minimum of 150 hours of professionally relevant experience working with children, youth, and/or individuals with disabilities
  • Meet Eastern's graduate admissions requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, early childhood education, or related fields, with the applicant’s transcript showing evidence of courses in research methods, inferential statistics, learning, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology (evidence of tests and measurement and biopsychology are highly recommended)
  • GPA ≥3.0 in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester-graded credits
  • At least three years of full-time experience teaching in schools or at least five years of relevant professional experience in a closely related field
  • Meet Eastern's graduate admissions requirements
On-site RequirementsStudents must visit campus once per quarter for 2-3 days (plus travel time)Students must visit campus once per year for 3 days (plus travel time)
Weekly Synchronous Online ClassesTwo eveningsOne evening
Program LengthThree calendar years, beginning in the summerAccelerated Track
  • Two calendar years, beginning in the summer

Full-time Track
  • Three calendar years, beginning in the summer
Classes Per Quarter
  • 2-3 content classes (summer)
  • 2-3 content classes plus practicum (fall, winter, spring)
Accelerated Track
  • 4 content classes (summer)
  • 3 content classes plus practicum (fall, winter, spring)

Full-time Track
  • 3 content classes (summer)
  • 2-3 content classes plus practicum (fall, winter, spring)
Transfer-in Credit PolicyTransfer-in up to 12 graduate-level credits for aligned/approved coursesTransfer-in applicable graduate credits as approved by the application committee. Recommended for participation in the accelerated track.
Program ApprovalApproved by National Association of School PsychologistsAligned with the National Association of School Psychologists Domains of Practice. Program completers submit individual portfolios to achieve national certificate.
Tuition
  • In-state cost: Tuition is $42,446.59 plus $355.25 to 1,021.97 in fees

  • Out-of-state cost: Tuition is $88,925.11 plus $355.25 to 1,021.97 in fees*

Our program is 107 credits total. The total number of credits you will take may be less depending on if you transfer-in any credits to your program of study. Only graduate-level coursework is eligible for transfer. Please see our Transfer Credit Request process for more information about transferring courses.

*EWU often offers out-of-state candidates Non-Resident Tuition Stipends that can bring tuition down to 1.5 times the in-state rate: $63,669.89 plus the same fees
  • All students: There is no difference between our in-state and out-of-state tuition rates for online students. Tuition is on a per-credit basis. Each credit costs $433 ($398 per credit plus a $35 per credit online fee).

Our program is 107 credits total. The total number of credits you will take may be less depending on if you transfer-in any credits to your program of study. Only graduate level coursework is eligible for transfer. Please see our Transfer Credit Request process for more information about transferring courses.

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