Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology

School Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. D.Tighe Cooke
Phone: 508-929-8673
Email: dcooke@worcester.edu

The WSU School Psychology Program is a specialist level program, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students receive an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) certificate in School Psychology at the culmination of three years of full time study. Upon completion, students may receive Institutional Endorsement to obtain the credential of School Psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. The Ed.S. is awarded upon successful completion of 69 credits combined planned program of study including supervised full-time practicum (600+ hours) and supervised full-time internship (total 1200+ hours), completion of an acceptable professional portfolio, and successful performance on a comprehensive examination. Candidates must satisfy all other graduate and degree requirements. Institutional endorsement for professional credential as a school psychologist requires a passing score on the Massachusetts Teacher Educator Licensing Examination (MTEL), and sitting for the Praxis II exam and successful completion of all Ed.S. components.

The Ed.S. in School Psychology Program admits students for the fall semester only. The Priority Application deadline for submitting an application is February 1. The School Psychology Program welcomes application from students who share our interests in commitment to the delivery of psychological services in a diverse society. Diversity among students in the program is expected, however it is anticipated all applicants will possess a Bachelor’s degree, with appropriate course work or complete such coursework during the beginning phases of training.

Following formal application and meeting criteria for admittance to the Graduate School at Worcester State University, the School Psychology Program utilizes multiple criteria for admission:

  • An overall undergraduate grade average of a B
  • An undergraduate major or concentration in Psychology1
  • Passing score on the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills Test at the time of application is strongly recommended.
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Students may be admitted to the program from a variety of academic backgrounds. However, it is expected that an appropriate number of courses in psychology may be required in the initial phases of training. The faculty reserves the right to determine those courses to be taken. This preparatory coursework will not directly apply to the Course requirements for the Ed.S. in School Psychology.

We offer you a cadre of professionals, faculty, adjunct faculty and clinical supervisors who view ourselves as partners and mentors with our students, as you undertake this arduous, yet satisfying journey.

For information regarding the application process and requirements please go to www.worcester.edu/graduate

For information regarding the MTEL test please go to: www.mtel.nesinc.com

For information regarding the PRAXIS tests please click on the following link. www.ets.org/

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EP-901 Intro to School Psychology: Ethical Standards, Legal Issues & Professional Topics 3
EP-920 Research, Design and Evaluation 3
EP-902 Intro to Counseling Theory, Practice & Psychotherapy 3
EP-903 Principles of Cgnitive and Psycho-Educational Assessment And Intervention I 3
 Credits12
Semester Two
EP-904 Principles of Cognitive and Psycho-Educational Assessment and Intervention II 3
EP-905 Behavioral Assessment and Interventions 3
EP-921 Human Developmen: -Lifespan 3
EP-927 Exceptionalities:Developmental Processes , Identification and Intervention 3
 Credits12
Summer
EP-907 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology 3
EP-930 Group Processes: Theories and Practice 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Semester Three
EP-906 Personality Assessment: Social, Emotional and Affective Functioning 3
EP-922 Child and Adolescent Therapy 3
EP-923 Learning: Principles, Theories and Applications 3
EP-990 Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology Professiona Seminar & Practicum in School Psychology I 3
 Credits12
Semester Four
EP-925 Advanced Counseling Theory, Practice and Psychotherapy 3
EP-929 Fundamentals of Consulting: Theory and Practice 3
EP-926 Family Systems Theory & Practice 3
EP-991 Semiar and Practicum in School Psychology II 3
 Credits12
Summer
EP-908 Community Psychology 3
EP-924 Principles of Neuropsychology 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Semester Five
EP-928 Applied Neuropsychology in the Schools 3
EP-992 Professional Seminar and Internship School Psychology I 3
 Credits6
Semester Six
EP-993 Professional Seminar and Internship in School Psychology II 3
EP-932 Neuropsychology in Schools (Elective) 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits72

This is a full-time program totaling 69 credits after 3 years (6 consecutive semesters, 2 complete summers, Spring graduation)