School Psychology, Ed.S.
About the Program
The Ed.S. is a rigorous graduate degree program that meets the requirements for certification as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Students who apply directly from a bachelor's degree can earn an M.Ed. after completion of 30 credits toward the Ed.S. In addition to required coursework, students must complete a portfolio, required practicum placements, and a 1,200-hour internship in a school setting.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years
Campus Location: Main
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The program is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study, with the third year being a full-time internship.
Accreditation: The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Areas of Specialization: The program offers two optional concentrations for study:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
Job Prospects: Graduates are employed in public and private schools.
Licensure: Graduates can become Nationally Certified School Psychologists. Certification in School Psychology is awarded after completing the internship and passing the examinations required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Some states will certify without the examinations.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Students may take up to, but not more than, 9 credits of graduate study in the program before being admitted to the program. The credits transfer into the program, if the student is admitted. Students completing non-matriculated courses before being admitted to the program are NOT guaranteed admission.
Financing Opportunities: Financial support opportunities may include scholarships, tuition remission, and other financial aid such as grants, loans, and federal work study.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: February 1
Applicants should submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained to provide insight regarding the applicant's academic competence. References from college/university faculty are recommended.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is required. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected.
International applicants should also submit an official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, international applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
Statement of Goals: In two to three pages, indicate your goals and objectives in obtaining a specialist degree and certification as a school psychologist, as well as your reason for seeking certification with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire, your research and practice interests, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Waived for Fall 2022 admission, but scores from the general test taken no more than 5 years prior to application may be submitted. Scores from the GRE Subject Exam in Psychology may also be provided.
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 79
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- PTE Academic: 53
Interview: An interview with the faculty admissions committee may be required after a complete application is received.
Resume: Current resume required.
Clearances: A Pennsylvania criminal background check, a federal criminal history check, a child abuse clearance, and a TB test are required upon enrollment. Students must complete and upload documentation of clearances prior to the start of their program.
Other Requirement: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended and/or from which credit was earned must be submitted.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 66 (30 credits M.Ed.; 36 credits post-master's Ed.S.)
|ABA 5302||Effective Teaching Strategies and Academic Interventions||3|
|ABA 5303||Ethical and Legal Issues||3|
|or SPSY 5303||Ethical and Legal Issues|
|CPSY 5526||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|EDUC 5101||Critical Understanding of Social Science Research||3|
|EPSY 5561||Development and Learning Over the Lifespan||3|
|SPSY 5667||Introduction to Cognitive Assessment||3|
|SPSY 5671||Integrative Assessment||3|
|SPSY 5674||Social and Emotional Aspects of Behavior and Assessment||3|
|SPSY 5676||Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|SPSY 5771||Biological Aspects of Behavior||3|
|SPSY 8773||Developmental Psychopathology and Low Incidence Disabilities||3|
|SPSY 8777||Theories and Techniques of Counseling for Youth||3|
|SPSY 9487||Professional Issues and Practicum (2 terms)||6|
|SPSY 9687||Clinical Supervision Seminar in School Psychology||6|
|SPSY 9688||Psychoeducational Clinic (2 terms)||6|
|SPSY 9885||Internship in School Psychology||9|
|Total Credit Hours||66|
Optional Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis
The optional 12-credit concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis allows students to meet Pennsylvania’s educational requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA):
|ABA 5304||Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis||3|
|ABA 5305||Single Subject Research Design||3|
|ABA 5306||Organizational Behavior Management - OBM||3|
|or PSY 8610||Topical Seminar in Organizational-Social|
|ABA 8787||Seminar on Verbal Behavior||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Optional Concentration in Counseling
The optional 12-credit concentration in Counseling allows students to meet Pennsylvania’s educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor:
|CPSY 5519||Group Counseling||3|
|CPSY 5566||Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling||3|
|CPSY 5593||Career Counseling and Development||3|
|CPSY 5698||Fundamental Counseling Techniques||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Internship: For certification, an internship with a minimum of 1,200 hours in an approved setting must be completed. A minimum of 600 hours must be in a school setting. The internship can be full-time for a year or half-time over two years.
The comprehensive examination is an essay examination that covers key areas of Psychology and School Psychology to determine the student's competence and ability to explain key concepts. The comprehensive exam is only required for a student whose GPA is below 3.5 at the completion of M.Ed. coursework.
During the internship year, students must submit a portfolio of professional work for review by the advisor.
Program Web Address:
Dept. of Psychological Studies in Education
College of Education and Human Development
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091
Submission Address for Application Materials:
Office of Enrollment Management