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Graduate Bulletin

School Psychology, Ed.S.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 5

Application is for the Fall semester only.


Applications are evaluated together after the deadline has passed.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Prerequisites include Child Development, Elementary Statistics, General Psychology, and Learning Theory. If a student has not completed these courses as part of her/his undergraduate degree or through previous graduate coursework, s/he can take ED PSYCH 5523:  Introduction to Educational Psychology, ED PSYCH 5531:  Learning Theories and Education, and/or ED PSYCH 5541:  Concepts in Human Development.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A bachelor's degree is required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals, which should indicate your goals and objectives in obtaining a specialist degree and certification as a school psychologist, is typically 2-3 pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for seeking certification with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your research and practice interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Two supplementary essays are also required for the Ed.S. degree. One should answer the question:  "Why do you wish to become a school psychologist?"  The other should address:  "What do you perceive as the role and function of the school psychologist?"

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE is required. It is expected that the combined score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the test will be no less that 1000.

The GRE Subject Exam in Psychology is required.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants who are considered qualified following an evaluation of their application materials are called in for an interview. Interviews are coordinated by a member of the Admissions Committee and involve the participation of advanced graduate students.  Both group and individual interviews are conducted.


A resume is required.

Writing Sample:

A writing sample may be required if the applicant is contacted for an interview.

Advanced Standing:

The advisor determines advanced standing during the student's first semester in the program by evaluating the credits the student has taken in accordance with the relevance to and requirements of the School Psychology Program. The maximum number of advanced standing credits awarded is 30.

Transfer Credit:

Courses may be transferred in from an accredited institution provided they were completed less than five years ago and are relevant to the program. The academic advisor makes the decision about the relevancy of the courses that the student desires to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate:

75 (30 credits Ed.M.; 45 credits post-master's Ed.S.)

Required Courses:

ED PSYCH 5523:  Introduction to Educational Psychology

ED PSYCH 8621:  Academic Assessment and Remediation

ED PSYCH 8627:  Introduction to Research Design

ED PSYCH 8771:  Social Psychology

SCH PSYCH 5667:  Introduction to Cognitive Assessment

SCH PSYCH 5671:  Advanced Cognitive Assessment

SCH PSYCH 5672:  Personality and Psychotherapy

SCH PSYCH 5674:  Assessment of Personality and Behavior

SCH PSYCH 5676:  Applied Behavior Analysis

SCH PSYCH 8770:  Seminar:  Special Topics in School Psychology: Physiological Psychology

SCH PSYCH 8772:  Seminar:  Role and Function of the School Psychologist

SCH PSYCH 8775:  Ethical and Legal Problems in School Psychoogy

SCH PSYCH 9587:  School Consultation (2 semesters)

SCH PSYCH 9687:  Psychoeducational Clinic 1

SCH PSYCH 9687:  Psychoeducational Clinic 2

SCH PSYCH 9688:  Clinical Supervision Seminar in School Psychology 1

SCH PSYCH 9688:  Clinical Supervision Seminar in School Psychology 2

SCH PSYCH 9787:  Practicum on Children with Low Incidence Disabilities

SCH PSYCH 9788:  Seminar on Children with Low Incidence Disabilities

SCH PSYCH 9885/9986:  Internship in School Psychology

Internship: An internship is required. For certification, an internship with a minimum of 1,200 hours in an approved setting must be completed. A minimum of 600 hours must be in a school setting. The internship can be full-time for a year or half-time over two years.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Other Requirements:

All students are required to obtain clearances to work in the public schools.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Examination:

The comprehensive examination is an essay examination that covers key areas of Psychology and School Psychology to determine the student's competence and ability to explain key concepts. Four subjects are covered:  Scientific Psychology; Consultation and Intervention; Diagnosis and Remediation; and Role/Function and Ethical/Legal Considerations.  Any student who earns less than a 3.5 graduate GPA is required to complete the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive exam is 4 hours in length and is administered and proctored by the College of Education during the comprehensive examination schedule.

School Psychology faculty submit questions for the exam. The professor in charge of the examination selects the questions and then presents them at a faculty meeting. At least two members of the faculty grade the exam. The student must answer the questions correctly in all areas examined to pass.


Students must submit a portfolio of professional work annually for review by the advisor.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

School Psychology Program
269 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Contacts:


Dr. Catherine Fiorello


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Catherine Fiorello



Dr. Joseph DuCette


About the Program

The Ed.S. is a rigorous graduate degree program that meets the requirements for certification as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Students who apply directly from a bachelor's degree can earn an Ed.M. after completion of 30 credit hours of coursework toward the Ed.S.  Temple also offers the option to apply to our APA- accredited Ph.D. program in School Psychology.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study, with the third year being a full-time internship.

Department Information:

School Psychology Program
269 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Interdisciplinary Study:

Courses may be taken in the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and/or in Counseling Psychology, Educational Administration, and Curriculum, Instruction, Technology and Education (CITE) in the College of Education. Internships may be selected from a variety of approved sites throughout the local area and the United States.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Specialization:

No areas of specialization are available.

Job Placement:

Graduates are employed in public and private schools.  Currently, 100% of graduates find employment in their field.


Graduates can become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.  Certification in School Psychology is awarded after completion of the internship and the passing of the PRAXIS I and II Exam for Pennsylvania. Some states will certify without these examinations.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take degree courses.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships are available. Students who wish to apply should submit an application to Dr. Jan Price Greenough, Graduate Programs Office, 150 Ritter Hall Annex, 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122.  Applications are found on the College of Education website at http://www.temple.edu/education/pdfs/assistantship-application.pdf.

Updated 2.27.09