School Psychology EdS
The educational specialist (EdS) program in school psychology is fully committed to
the goal of training, in the practitioner-scholar model, school psychologists and
behavior analysts who are thoroughly and carefully prepared to meet the challenges
of school psychological service and practice in the 21st century.
The explicit mission of the programs is, in a spirit of commitment to excellence,
to prepare school psychologists and behavior analysts who are uniquely capable and
committed to the provision of high quality, effective, ethical and professional school
psychological services in educational and mental health settings. This includes a
full range of direct and indirect services ranging from assessments to consultations
with teachers and parents on various academic and environmental issues. Moreover,
the programs strive to prepare students to collaborate and form partnerships with
families, educators, health care providers and the community at large. The programs
seek to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology to understanding
and enhancing the development of all children. As such, the graduate is fully prepared
to assume the role and responsibility of the school psychologist.
The outcomes of the EdS program in school psychology are:
To prepare students to become general practitioner-scholars such that school psychological
practice is firmly grounded on the knowledge base and ethical standards of psychology,
education and behavior analysis.
To prepare students to provide both direct and indirect school psychological services
based on data-based decision-making and empirically supported strategies and interventions.
To prepare practitioner-scholars who are capable of being an integral part of interdisciplinary
teams that collaborate and form partnerships with families, health care providers
and the community.
To prepare practitioner-scholars to provide school psychological services in the context
of a multicultural, pluralistic society such that inter-individual differences and
differences in culture, religiosity, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and sexual
orientation are understood and respected.
- To prepare practitioner-scholars to become competent behavior analysts and, ultimately,
certified school psychologists.