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EdS: School Psychology

Helping All Students Succeed Through Prevention and Early Intervention

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 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 2 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.”

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)

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, current GRE General Test scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing scores at or above the 50th percentile), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement describing personal goals (not to exceed five double-spaced typed pages) and a curriculum vita 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 February 15 deadline. 

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 fulltime 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.


ED PSY 6226 Pending Faculty Senate approval.

First Year
ED PSY 65303CNS ED 62203ED PSY 6115 or CNS ED 60303
ED PSY 65323ED PSY 61113ED REM 67103
ED PSY 65453ED PSY 65503 
ED REM 67183ED REM 67193 
 12 12 6
Second Year
CNS ED 66003ED PSY 62263 
ED PSY 65403ED PSY 65423 
ED PSY 65903ED PSY 65913 
ED REM 67303ED REM 67323 
 12 12
Third Year
ED PSY 65983ED PSY 65993 
 3 3
Total Hours: 60
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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Department Chair

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 faculty member, Dr....
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Michael W. Bahr, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

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 Specialization in School Psycho...
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Erin Michelle McClure, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. McClure is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the College of Education's Department of Education Sciences and Professional Programs. She completed her Ph.D. in school psychology from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and her internship at the Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium (LAS-PIC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. M...
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Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Schumacher-Martinez earned a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Studies from Drake University.  She has an M.Ed in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, an APA-accredited and NASP approved program.