EdS: School Psychology
Educational Specialist in School Psychology

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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.


First Year
ED PSY 6222 or 62103ED PSY 63103ED PSY 61153
ED PSY 65303ED PSY 65503ED REM 67193
ED PSY 65323ED REM 67103 
ED PSY 65453ED REM 67183 
 12 12 6
Second Year
ED PSY 65403ED PSY 65363 
ED PSY 65903ED PSY 65423 
ED REM 67303ED PSY 65913 
SPEC ED 6437 or 63253ED REM 67323 
 12 12
Third Year
ED PSY 65983ED PSY 65993 
 3 3
Total Hours: 60

In addition to completion of the 60-hour curriculum listed above, candidates for the Ed.S. in School Psychology degree must receive passing scores on the following programmatic assessments: Praxis School Psychologist Examination and two Problem-Solving Case Studies (one academic, one behavioral).

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Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Department Chair

Dr. Gouwens earned a Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology degree from Central Michigan University in 1994. 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 Psychologi...
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Michael W. Bahr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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 Philo...
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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.