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School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child’s academic and social-emotional and behavioral needs are met in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching, and successful learning. They provide educational and psychological services in schools that include various combinations of assessment, academic and behavior consultation, individual and group counseling, and development and evaluation of prevention and early intervention programs. School Psychology consistently has been ranked among the top 10 of all professions for many years. In addition to being an exciting and rewarding career, the field has highly favorable supply and demand ratios, as retirement rates have exceeded graduation rates in recent years. Consequently, the job prospects are excellent, especially for specialist level school psychologist practitioners and doctoral level university faculty.

School psychologist certification in Missouri and most other states requires completion of an Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) degree. The Ed.S. degree is a 60-hour, three-year, full time program that includes a yearlong internship. To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified by the state in which services are provided. In most states School Psychologist certification is granted by the state’s Department of Education and supports practice within school or educational settings. The provision of independent psychological services via private practice or community mental health agencies requires a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and licensure by the State Board of Examiners in Psychology as a Psychologist. The UMSL Ed. S. in School Psychology degree has been a program of National Recognition with full NASP-Approval since 2009. Our current NASP-Approval is effective through Fall 2023.

Please scroll down to view the various program documents provided here including the Ed.S. curriculum, program FAQs, and the required Supplemental Application. For additional information regarding admission and degree requirements, please see the REQUIREMENTS tab below.

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Educational Specialist (EdS)

Contact Advisor:

Donald Gouwens

459a Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-4773


Slide 1 Niara Savage earns NPR fellowship while pursuing degree in school psychology
Niara Savage was motivated to pursue an EdS in school psychology at UMSL after working with the the St. Louis Teacher Residency. In addition to her interest in education, she is also a multimedia journalist. As an NPR Midwest Newsroom reporting fellow, she is working with the Missouri Independent and NPR Midwest Newsroom on an investigative series about the dangers of high levels of lead in Midwestern children. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 School Psychology Program’s 100th Graduate Blazes a Trail of Advocacy and Action
"We are truly trained in looking at the educational system as a whole and seeing how we can make it better and brighter not only for our educational future, but for the children of the next generation as well.”
Slide 3 State conference Taps Graduate Student’s Expertise, Invites Her to Present
Long’s ultimate goal is to help create educational environments that are “not only free but appropriate for every child – environments where every child gets what they need regardless of where they come from.”

The Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program consists of 60 graduate semester hours that includes coursework in psychological and educational foundations, psychoeducational assessment, and direct and indirect service delivery. Prevention and early intervention of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional problems through consultation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and systems-level interventions are highlighted throughout the program. The Ed.S. degree is a small-cohort program consisting of 10-12 candidates per cohort that maximizes close relationships with faculty and field-based practitioners to develop professional skills and competencies.

Admission requirements include a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement describing personal goals (not to exceed five double-spaced typed pages) and a curriculum vitae detailing relevant experience with children, adolescents, and families. Prerequisite coursework in the areas of Developmental Psychology, and Psychological Statistics is required for admission. Following initial screening, finalists will be invited for an on-campus interview with the School Psychology Program faculty and current Ed.S. candidates. All required application materials will be considered equally when making admission decisions. Applications are reviewed annually with a January 15 deadline. The program may review additional applications until all spaces in the cohort are filled. 

Transfer credit may be granted for graduate coursework completed prior to entering the program, but strict limitations apply. The Ed.S. in School Psychology degree program involves a minimum of three years of intensive study. Though it is possible to complete the first year of the curriculum on a part-time basis, please note that practicum during the second year involves two days per week working in a school with a school psychologist, and internship is a yearlong full-time supervised experience. Consequently, full-time study is recommended and preferred. Graduates of the program are immediately eligible for School Psychologist Certification from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential from the National Association of School Psychologists. As such, graduates from the program will meet or exceed certification requirements in the majority if not all states in the country.


Fall Year 1
ED PSY 6530Foundations Of School Psychology3
ED PSY 6545Consultation in Schools and Related Settings3
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
ED REM 6718Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention3
Spring Year 1
ED PSY 6111Educational Psychology3
ED PSY 6226Mental Health and Development of Children and Youth 3
ED PSY 6550Professional Issues In School Psychology3
ED REM 6719Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention3
Summer Year 1
ED PSY 6115Personality And Social Development3
ED PSY 6532Psychoeducational Differences3
Fall Year 2
CNS ED 6220Counseling Individuals with Disabilities3
ED PSY 6540Psychoeducational Interventions3
ED PSY 6590School Psychology Practicum I3
ED REM 6730Educational Program Development and Evaluation3
Spring Year 2
CNS ED/SPEC ED XXXXMental/Behavioral Health Elective 13
ED PSY 6542Social-Emotional and Behavior Interventions3
ED PSY 6591School Psychology Practicum II3
ED REM 6732Advanced Educational Program Development and Evaluation3
Fall Year 3
ED PSY 6598School Psychology Internship I3
Spring Year 3
ED PSY 6599School Psychology Internship II3
Total Hours60

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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Gouwens has served as Department Chair since 2012 and Program Coordinator for the UMSL School Psychology Program since 2001. He is a certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in Missouri, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. As a clinical...
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Michael W. Bahr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus

Dr. Bahr earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a graduate of Indiana University's APA-accredited School Psychology Program, where he obtained the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology with Specia...
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Cody Ding, Ph.D.

Dr. Cody Ding completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was trained as a psychologist emphasizing developmental psychology, methodology, and measurement. Over the years, he has been working as a professor at universities, teaching educational and psychological assessment, behavioral analysis, and other methodological ...
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Erin McClure Fastzkie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Erin McClure Fastzkie is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the College of Education's Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a licensed psychologist in Missouri. Dr. Fastzkie completed her Ph.D. in school psychology f...
DESE School Psychologist Certification
  • NASP-Approved: Program of National Recognition with full NASP-Approval through Fall 2023
  • CAEP Accredited: Through Fall 2019
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education as a School Psychologists certification and for NASP's Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential at the completion of this program, if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.
National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)