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School Psychology EdS

Philadelphia Campus

Educational Specialist in School Psychology 
EdS Program

Students in PCOM’s Educational Specialist (EdS) program in School Psychology seek to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology to understanding and enhancing the development of all children—working at the forefront of care in order to make our communities healthier.

For the winter 2020-2021 term, PCOM's School of Professional and Applied Psychology plans to utilize a mostly virtual model of course delivery with extremely limited face-to-face single class experiences in some programs. Please read an important message from Dean Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP for additional information regarding course delivery plans for the upcoming semester.


For more information regarding the EdS program, please contact Katie Garson, Coordinator of School Psychology Programs, at or 215-871-6463 or complete our online request for information form.

About Our EdS Program

The EdS program is committed to preparing school psychologists who are thoroughly prepared for service and practice in the 21st century.

With a commitment to excellence, this practitioner-based program prepares highly competent graduates who are uniquely committed to providing high-quality, effective, and ethical school psychological services in educational and mental health settings. Few other programs provide a standardized client program, which provides simulated but authentic clinical learning experiences.


What is an EdS Degree?

An Educational Specialist degree is a postgraduate program designed for teachers and educators with master’s degrees in school psychology or a related field who are seeking certification in the field of school psychology.

PCOM EdS students study cognitive behavior therapy, assessment techniques, academic consultation and more to enhance the learning environment in their schools and classrooms.

School Psychology (EdS) Program Highlights

Highlights of PCOM's EdS program include:


The EdS program in School Psychology is National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-Approved.

School Psychology Program Pathways

Students will often elect to take the MS program prior to the EdS in School Psychology.

EdS Degree Completion

The EdS degree can be completed in three years (two years of coursework and a one-year internship). Classes meet in the evening hours one to two nights per week. However, in the third year, the required internship experience must be completed during typical school hours.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications to the Educational Specialist (EdS) program in School Psychology will be considered throughout the year. Visit our application requirements page to learn about course prerequisites, program requirements, the application process and more.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.


In combination, the MS/EdS programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as an approved Institute of Higher Education (IHE) for the school psychology certification program. The MS/EdS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The MS program is also approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to provide the course content required for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.