The Master of Arts/Educational Specialist Program in School Psychology will prepare you to function as a school psychologist, helping you acquire the knowledge base and applied skills necessary for successful practice in this field. The curriculum of the M.A./Ed.S. in School Psychology is informed by the ethical, educational, and training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
The program is a 69-credit joint M.A. (33 credits) and Ed.S. (36 credits) degree in School Psychology. It is designed to be completed consecutively and as an integrated whole, focusing on different competencies related to the practice of school psychology. However, if you already hold a master's degree, you may complete the Ed.S. without the M.A.
The M.A. coursework in the M.A./Ed.S. program will prepare you to improve the academic, behavioral, and socio-emotional competencies of children and youth, and to enhance the capacities of the systems in which you work. Immediately following the M.A. coursework, you will enter the Ed.S. program. The curriculum for the Ed.S. builds upon the foundational competencies established in the M.A. program by providing advanced training in other areas, including data-based decision-making, consultation, collaboration, and direct and indirect services for children, families and schools. However, the Ed.S. may be taken without the M.A. in School Psychology, if students already have a master's degree.
Successful completion of the Ed.S. program prepares students to work in school settings as Pennsylvania Certified School Psychologists, as well as in other settings requiring skills acquired in the program as permitted by state licensing/certification laws and guidelines.