Educational Specialist in School Psychology
As of Fall 2012, the M.A. in School Psychology plus Certification Program becomes an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology degree. The Ed.S. title better reflects the advanced nature of the degree.
This degree consists of a minimum of three years of full-time academic study beyond the baccalaureate degree requiring completion of 72 credit hours. Included is a one-academic-year internship consisting of a minimum of 1,200 clock hours, at least 600 hours of which must be in a school setting.
This degree is intended for students who do not have a master's degree and plan to take the additional course work necessary to be certified by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).
The 72-hour specialist program has received full program approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through 2017.
Application Due Date
The Ed.S. School Psychology program is offered at our Flagstaff and Phoenix (North Valley) campuses.
- Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made once each year.
- For the Flagstaff campus, all application materials must be received by February 15 to be reviewed. Admission decisions are made by the first week of April. You will receive notification of this decision.
- For the North Valley campus, all application materials must be received by October 15 to be reviewed. Admission decisions are made by the first week of November. You will receive notification of this decision.
- It is your responsibility to ensure that your application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.
Program PhilosophyRead more
The School Psychology graduate programs have been designed to prepare school psychologists through the scientist-practitioner model. Integration of science and practice is accomplished through a carefully orchestrated program of study that emphasizes didactic presentation and practical applicatgradions. Emphasis is placed on developing skills in the assessment of learning and behavior problems and on developing the skills necessary to serve as an effective consultant with school personnel. Scientific knowledge is used to improve practice in the field of school psychology.
In keeping with the mission statement of the College of Education, the School Psychology Program is committed to the preparation of professionals who are capable of helping create the schools of tomorrow. Recruitment of minority students is emphasized as well as the preparation of students who are prepared to work in rural settings and with culturally diverse populations.
The programs of study for the Ed.S. in School Psychology include a comprehensive array of courses that encompass the areas of: psychological foundations, educational foundations, professional ethics and standards, assessment, interventions, and research. This preparation provides the student with a broad array of skills to deliver psychological services in diverse educational settings.
The graduates of the School Psychology Programs are expected to integrate theoretical information from the fields of psychology and education to administer appropriate interventions with children, parents, and school personnel in a variety of educational settings. Students are expected to effectively evaluate the systems they work within as well as their own impact on the system.
Goals and ObjectivesRead more
The primary goal of the School Psychology program is to
prepare professionals who:
- are capable of providing direct and indirect
psychological services to children, parents, and teachers in a variety of
- possess knowledge within the areas of
psychological foundations including development, learning, exceptionalities,
psychopathology, and biological, social, and cultural influences
- are competent in the use of major psychological
and educational techniques including consultation, counseling, and assessment
with advanced skills in cognitive behavioral approaches
- are capable of functioning in a professional
manner in educational settings and have had successful experiences in working
effectively in a variety of school settings, including regular and special
education, with preschool and different programs and levels of exceptionality,
including referred and non-referred students
- are knowledgeable of and possess operational
competence with specialized school psychology roles and with legal and ethical
- are committed to non-traditional services
(pre-evaluation interventions, consultation and counseling,
intervention-oriented assessment, and alternative delivery systems) as well as
competence with traditional services
- are competent
as problem solvers, change agents, and advocates
- are skilled in demonstrating an orientation as a
consultant and mental health resource person in identifying and meeting the
mental health, learning, and overall educational needs of individuals and
- are knowledgeable about information technology
and uses to safeguard work and to enhance the quality of services
Program PoliciesRead more
- Electronic portfolio: You must purchase and
maintain an electronic portfolio through Task
Stream, sections of which you will upload for review. We will use your
portfolio to review our program and assess its outcomes. Data will also be
submitted to NCATE and CACREP during review cycles.
- Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit
the GraduateCollege website for more information about these policies.
of StudiesRead more
The program of studies is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.
It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation. You should complete the program of studies with your adviser during the first semester of graduate work.
The original, signed program of studies should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.
Amendments to your program of studies can be made with your adviser’s approval.
The time line policy for completing a Masters degree can be viewed online through the Graduate College.
Some of your courses may have prerequisites you must meet before enrolling. Find more information in the academic catalog.
Please review the clinical hours table for the number of practicum hours and internship hours required in clinical, testing, and intervention School Psychology classes.
EPS Course Offerings by Semester
Program of Studies (M.A. School Psychology + Cert.)
Recommended Sequence of Courses (Ed.S. School Psychology)
Program of Studies (Ed.S. School Psychology - Effective Fall 2012)
Program of Studies Worksheet
Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure GuidelinesRead more
Students in this program should follow the professional code of ethics and licensure guidelines established by the following organizations:
National Association of School Psychologists
American Psychological Association, Inc.
State of Arizona Department of Education
Arizona requirements for school psychologists (PSS) certificate (PreK-12)
Sixty (60) graduate semester hours to include:
- master's or more advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution
- completion of an approved program in School Psychology identified by one of the following:
- American Psychological Association
- National Association of School Psychologists
- a program in School Psychology from a regionally accredited institution, verified in writing by the director of school's psychology program; the program must have included:
- written verification of a 1,000-clock-hour internship in School Psychology
- certification may also be obtained by evidence of the following:
- written verification that the applicant has been granted a diploma in School Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (Note: the ABPP accepts applications only after completion of the Doctoral Degree) (ADE 134-105, Rev. 8/90, gaa214
School Psychology Program FacultyRead more
Dr. Mary McLellan, Professor and Program Coordinator (sabbatical AY 13-14)
Dr. Lena Gaddis, Associate Professor
Dr. Lisa Persinger, Assistant Clinical Professor and Interim Program Coordinator
Dr. Phillip Tanner, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phoenix (North Valley)
Dr. Ronald Glazier, Assistant Clinical Professor and Interim Program Coordinator
Academic Catalog Listing
See the academic catalog for full details on this degree, including a course listing.
School Psychology, Educational Specialist