School Psychology Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree Program (75 credits)

The Marywood University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in Schooll Psychology is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students who seek state certification as a Pre-K-12, school psychologist. The Ed.S. degree program is designed as a 75-credit graduate program for students who wish to work in schools or related agencies.

The program is competency-based and aims to train professionals who can provide the wide range of services expected of school psychologists. Emphasis throughout the program is on realistic integration of didactic instruction and experiential learning, with the candidate expected to demonstrate continual progress toward independent professional functioning. Students may enter the program post-baccalaureate or post-master’s degree.

Students will follow an integrated and sequential course of study, beginning post-baccalaureate, earn a Master of Arts degree in psychology, complete the Educational Specialist degree, and then are recommended for state certification. The Ed.S. degree program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and follows guidelines for School Psychology training as set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards.

Those seeking entrance post-baccalaureate, earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology upon completion of 45 credit hours and other degree requirements for the General Theoretical concentration. Applicants seeking admission post-master’s degree should expect to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits. The applicability of prior graduate coursework will be evaluated in writing by the director of the program, including a 1,200-hour internship, within three academic years. Part-time students, entering post-baccalaureate, are expected to complete the program and internship hours within five years.

Educational Specialist in School Psychology Program Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s or master's degree in a related area.
  2. All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25).
  3. GRE (within the past five years).
  4. A personal statement citing the applicant’s reasons for entering the profession of school psychology and giving an estimate of potential for success in the field. Include a resume of the applicant’s professional experience (if any). 
  5. A personal interview with the school psychology program committee.
  6. All application material must be received by the application deadline (January 15th).

Those admitted to the program are expected to demonstrate continued professional growth. The progress of each candidate is reviewed yearly.

Each School Psychology student is required to complete the following course of studies. To be recommended for certification, a student must also pass the Praxis II (School Psychology) standardized examinations. Note: Program requirements and curricula are subject to change, pending Pennsylvania Department of Education and NASP Training Standards.

I.

HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT (15 semester hours)

PSYC 508Biological Bases of Behavior

3

PSYC 514Human Development

3

PSYC 517Personality Theories in Psychology

3

PSYC 521Social Psychology

3

PSYC 523Contemporary Learning Theories

3

II.

NATURE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EXCEPTIONALITY (9 semester hours)

PSYC 532Child Psychopathology

3

SPED 507Characteristics of Students with?Disabilities

3

SPED 511Curriculum Adaptations for the?Special-Needs Learner

3

III.

ASSESSMENT PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES (15 semester hours)

PSYC 561Introduction to Psychological Testing

3

PSYC 562Cognitive Assessment

3

PSYC 563Assessment of Learning

3

PSYC 581Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children?And Adolescents

3

EDUC 561Methods Materials and Assessment in ESL?Teaching Esl

3

IV.

INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES (12 semester hours)

COUN 518Foundational Counseling Techniques

3

COUN 532Multicultural Issues for Prof Coun?Professionals

3

PSYC 585Family-School Interventions

3

 

PSYC 539Behavior Management Approaches

3

Or

SPED 539Behavior Management Approaches

3

V.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (15 semester hours)

PSYC 551ASchool Psychology Law & Ethics (seminar?I)

3

PSYC 552ASchool-Based Consultation Methods?(seminar Ii)

3

PSYC 549ASchool Psychology Practicum

1

PSYC 549BSchool Psychology Internship

1

PSYC 549CSchool Psychology Internship

1

VI.

CURRICULUM AND ORGANIZATION IN EDUCATION (3 semester hours)

PSYC 547AIntroduction to School Psychology

3

VII.

RESEARCH AND STATISTICS (6 semester hours)

PSYC 503Research Methods and Statistics I

3

PSYC 504Research Methods and Statistics II

3

 

PSYC 555Professional Contribution

0

Or

PSYC 554AMaster's Thesis Preparation

3

PSYC 554BMaster's Thesis Preparation

0

And

PSYC 556Master's Thesis

3

Transfer Credits

All credits transferred must reflect at least a “B” grade, be from a regionally accredited institution, be similar in content and demand of equivalent Marywood courses and have been within the preceding five years. The Director of School Psychology must approve all transfer credits. The following criteria must also be met:

  • The student has attained Full Acceptance Status in the program.
  • The student has provided a syllabus of the proposed transfer course.
  • The student has provided an official transcript showing an earned grade of “B” level or above in the course(s) to be transferred. Grades lower than “B” are not transferable.
  • The student completed the transfer courses in the past five years prior to making this request.
  • The student met with his/her academic advisor who will make a recommendation of approval of transfer.

Transfer students applying at the master’s level must complete 75 percent of the required coursework for the master’s degree through Marywood University.

Transfer students applying at the Ed.S. level can transfer a maximum of nine graduate credits of the required coursework for the Ed.S. degree through Marywood University. Transfer credits will not be applied to the following courses:

             PSYC 549A Practicum

             PSYC 549B Internship

             PSYC 549C Internship

             PSYC 551 School Psychology Law and Ethics

             PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment

             PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning

             PSYC 581 Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Final written approval is made by the Director of School Psychology with copies of the final determination placed in the student's file and emailed to the student.

Course Sequence

Upon entering the Educational Specialist Program post-baccalaureate, students work to complete the requirements of the Master of Arts Degree in General Theoretical Psychology and gradually enroll in courses specific to the school psychology certification. The M.A. degree is earned after completion of 48 core-credits and a professional contribution or Thesis (see General Theoretical Concentration). Afterwards, students continue to enroll in courses, university-based practica, and internship specific to satisfying requirements for an Educational Specialist degree.

Internship Guidelines

PSYC 549A Practicum is completed the semester immediately prior to the field-based internship experience (PSYC 549B, PSYC 549C). Students who do not enroll in PSYC 549B the semester immediately following PSYC 549A are required to retake PSYC 549A during the regular schedule in the upcoming academic year. Students earning a grade C+ or lower in PSYC 549A are ineligible to begin the 1,200 hour field-based internship the following semester and a Corrective Action Plan will be automatically developed.

The Director of the School Psychology program provides guidance in students’ selection of field-based internship sites (PSYC 549B, PSYC 549C). Field-based internships sites must be approved by the Director of the School Psychology Program prior to mailing of the memorandum of understanding to the site. To be eligible for the internship experience, the student must have successfully completed all coursework requirements (including PC/Thesis) and been awarded a master’s degree. The 1,200 hour internship is completed on a full-time basis over the course of one academic year. The internship experience begins only in the fall semester. Students are not permitted to complete the internship experience at a site where they attended school, are/were employed, and/or are a relative or friend to a site stakeholder.