Educational Specialist in School Psychology
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.
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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. The program
is also dedicated to preparing students to promote social justice through culturally
responsive practice and advocacy to ensure equity for all children.
Few other programs provide a standardized client program, which provides simulated
but authentic clinical learning experiences. Students will also engage in field work
early on in the program in a variety of settings. In addition to eligibility for school
psychology certification, the EdS program at PCOM incorporates a behavior analytic
course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®).
What is an EdS Degree?
An Educational Specialist degree is a postgraduate program designed for those seeking
certification in the field of school psychology.
PCOM EdS degree students study interventions based on the principles of applied behavior
analysis, cognitive behavior therapy, assessment techniques, academic consultation
and more to enhance the learning environment in their schools and classrooms.
EdS Degree Program Highlights
Highlights of PCOM's EdS program include:
The 3-year EdS program in School Psychology is fully accredited by the National Association
of School Psychologists. Students completing this program are eligible for certification
as a school psychologist. The EdS program at PCOM also incorporates a behavior analytic
course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to pursue certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
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School Psychology Program Pathways
Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field can apply to the
EdS program. Students with a master’s level degree in psychology or a related field
may also apply separately to the EdS program.
EdS Degree Completion
The EdS degree can be completed in three years (two years of coursework and a one-year
internship). Students in the EdS program will also receive a master’s of science in
school psychology following completion of coursework in their second year. Classes
meet in the evening hours two to three nights per week. Field experiences take place
during the day on a flexible schedule. 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
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