This online distance-learning program is designed for working professionals and is offered through online coursework with synchronous and in-person training requirements. Appropriate candidates for the program are those who have already achieved a graduate degree in a related area – educators or those working in education, counseling, mental health or psychology-related fields. We adhere to a scientist-practitioner model that prepares students for practice as a school psychologist. Candidates completing our program earn their Educational Specialist Degree and receive a Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate in School Psychology from Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Students are encouraged to seek national certification through preparation of individual portfolios.
Coursework, practicum, internship, and portfolio expectations are aligned with state and national training standards set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists. Specific areas of training include 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); and research (methods and statistics). The program adopts 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 program requires 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 our program 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.