School Psychology Educational Specialist Graduate Degree

Train to meet students’ behavioral, emotional and learning needs; gain the skills to help them tackle developmental challenges in the School Psychology Educational Specialist Graduate Degree (EdS). The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and meets requirements for certification as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and most other states. The program also meets requirements for the National Certification (NCSP) through NASP. You’ll take classes full time over the course of three years.

The program offers a robust clinical component: in addition to your required coursework, you must also complete an annual portfolio, required practicum placements and a 1,200-hour internship in a school setting. An on-campus clinic also allows students to work with real families in an urban setting and write comprehensive evaluations. The program's emphasis on academic, intellectual, social-emotional, and systems-level assessment makes graduates highly sought after by employers. The School Psychology EdS has a 100% job placement rate. The program is dedicated to promoting social justice and to fostering a diverse, inclusive learning environment.

For students who are interested in research, there are opportunities to join a research team and partner with faculty members to write and present joint studies.

National Association of School Psychologists Approval

The School Psychology EdS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Licensure

After completing an internship and passing the exams required by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, students may become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.

Related Graduate Degrees

The School Psychology EdS is a practitioner degree for students who wish to pursue careers in school-based settings. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a faculty member or researcher, you might consider the

Student Clubs & Organizations

Find peer support and leadership opportunities while tackling the challenges of your program. Educational Specialist students can join the

  • Graduate Student Organization of the College of Education, which runs community-based events like school supply drives as well as professional development workshops and activities. The organization upholds a strong commitment to social justice, regularly organizing political events and engaging in projects with community partners; and the
  • Temple Association of School Psychologists, a student organization that plans social hours and organizes volunteer opportunities for students. They also co-sponsor a yearly school psychology conference with the School District of Philadelphia and with the Association of School Psychologists in Pennsylvania. This event attracts school psychologists and mental health professionals from all over the region. Past speakers have included Laurence Steinberg, Marsha Levick and MK Asante.
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