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Ed.S. in School Psychology

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time, 4 Years Part-Time

The Chicago School’s Ed.S. School Psychology program delivers a well-rounded, specialist-level education that can be applied to fill the varied roles of today’s school psychologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for psychologists are expected to grow by 19 percent (much faster than average) between 2014 and 2024. Graduates of this school psychology […]

The Chicago School’s Ed.S. School Psychology program delivers a well-rounded, specialist-level education that can be applied to fill the varied roles of today’s school psychologist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for psychologists are expected to grow by 19 percent (much faster than average) between 2014 and 2024.

Graduates of this school psychology program will learn how to help students, teachers, administrators, and parents overcome obstacles to learning and personal development. Examining how to create a safe, inclusive, and positive environment in schools, this education specialist program addresses such hurdles as family disruption, mental health and disabilities, medical illness, poor attendance, and academic challenges.

Typically, school psychologists provide emotional, cognitive, and structural support in educational settings, including:

  • K-12
  • Private and public schools
  • Universities
  • Community treatment centers
  • Juvenile justice programs
  • Private practice

Washington, D.C. Student Experience

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the Washington, D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Social-Emotional Assessment in Schools

This course provides access to core knowledge related to preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from crises impacting students and schools. Additionally, candidates will be introduced to the concepts of prevention and universal screening. A practical application of these topics will be conducted as a means of understanding how to address the social-emotional needs to children using a systems approach of behavioral support.

Consulting in Schools

This course focuses on the application of consultation theory to school-based consultation. The course emphasizes understanding of the various stages of successful consultation and applying these skills to solving school and home problems.

Systems Theory and Practice

This course introduces candidates to the concepts of education reform and systems change. Emphasis is placed on various theories of educational reform and how these shape current practices within the field of education, particularly school psychology. Candidates will understand the fundamentals of program evaluation and how to analyze data to support intervention selection and systemic implementation.

The Ed.S. School Psychology aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements for eligibility for a School Service Provider (SSP) credential as a School Psychologist in Washington D.C., Pupil Personnel Services license with an Endorsement in School Psychology in Virginia, and for the Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC) with a School Psychologist specialist area in Maryland.  In Washington D.C. and Maryland, candidates must meet additional requirements to be licensed including completion of the Praxis School Psychologist Examination (#5402). The application process may include fees and/or background checks as well as documentation of completed coursework and supervised experience.

For further information about the School Service Provider credential in  Washington D.C., please visit the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

For further information about the Pupil Personnel Services license in Virginia, please visit the Department of Education.

For further information about the Professional Eligibility Certificate in Maryland, please visit the Maryland State Department of Education.

The Ed.S. School Psychology aligns with the degree and coursework requirements for a Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential. The credential application process includes a fee, as well as documentation of completed coursework, supervised experience, and examination. More information about certification is available at the website of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology requirements for school placements exceed the NASP Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology.

Three field experiences are required and earn a total of 10 academic credits:

  • First-year service learning project: 120 hours (embedded in professional development seminar)
  • Second-year practicum (3rd year for students in the part-time blended programs): 600 hours total (6 credits)
  • Third-year internship experience (4th year for students in the part-time blended programs): 1200 hours, full-time (4 credits)

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ed.S. School Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.

Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to do graduate work. Factors that are considered in admission are:

GPA from undergraduate and any graduate schools

Successful work history after completion of the baccalaureate degree

Admission essay

Three letters of recommendation from academic professors or professional or volunteer supervisors

Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all schools where credit was received to enhance their applications.

The Ed.S. School Psychology program requires two undergraduate courses (a course in psychology and a course in either statistics or research methods) that must be completed prior to enrollment, with a grade earned of “C” or better.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, however it strongly encouraged that applicants who have taken the exam submit their scores to enhance their application. Scores should be sent directly to the school (GRE School Code: 1119) for consideration. Please see the application for detailed instructions and information regarding application requirements, application deadlines, and letters of recommendation.

Applications must be submitted with the $50.00 (USD) application fee in order to be evaluated.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will provide you with information to help determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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