Educational Specialist in School Psychology
Train to meet students’ behavioral, emotional and learning needs; gain the skills to help them tackle developmental challenges in the Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS) program. 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 percent 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.
After completing an internship and passing the exams required by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, students may become Nationally Certified School Psychologists.
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