School Psychology, Educational Specialist

Program Description

Our Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology 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. Please review the School Psychology Program Brochure and the EdS School Psychology Handbook for additional information.

This degree is intended for students who wish to be certified by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) or other states as a School Psychologist.

The 72-hour specialist program has received full program approval status from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through 2021.

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 and every other year for the North Valley campus.
  • For the Flagstaff campus, all application materials must be received by January 15 to be reviewed. Admission decisions are made by the first week of March. You will receive notification of this decision.
  • For the North Valley campus, all application materials must be received by October 15 in even years to be reviewed.  Admission decisions are made by the first week of November in even years. 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 Philosophy

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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 applications. 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 Objectives

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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 education settings
  • 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 guidelines
  • 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 educational systems
  • are knowledgeable about information technology and uses to safeguard work and to enhance the quality of services

Program Policies

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  • Electronic portfolio: We will use your portfolio to review our program and assess its outcomes. Data will also be submitted to NCATE (CAEP) and NASP during review cycles.
  • Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit the GraduateCollege website for more information about these policies.

Program of Studies

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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.

Clinical Hours

Please review the clinical hours table for the number of practicum hours and internship hours required in clinical, testing, and intervention School Psychology classes.

Related Forms

EPS Course Offerings by Semester

Recommended Sequence of Courses (Ed.S. School Psychology)

School Psychology, Educational Specialist Program of Studies - CURRENT

Program of Studies Worksheet 

Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure Guidelines

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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 Faculty

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Dr. Lena Gaddis, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-1895
Dr. L. Gaddis Bio

Dr. Michael Mellott, Assistant Clinical Professor
Phone: 928-523-4183
Dr. M. Mellott Bio

Dr. Lisa Persinger, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 928-523-6556
Dr. L. Persinger Bio 

Phoenix (North Valley)

Dr. Lisa Persinger, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Phone: 928-523-6556
Dr. L. Persinger Bio

Dr. Nicole Stokes, Lead Faculty
Phone: 602-776-4626
Dr. N. Stokes Bio