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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.
|ED PSY 6222 or 6210||3||ED PSY 6310||3||ED PSY 6115||3|
|ED PSY 6530||3||ED PSY 6550||3||ED REM 6719||3|
|ED PSY 6532||3||ED REM 6710||3|
|ED PSY 6545||3||ED REM 6718||3|
|ED PSY 6540||3||ED PSY 6536||3|
|ED PSY 6590||3||ED PSY 6542||3|
|ED REM 6730||3||ED PSY 6591||3|
|SPEC ED 6437 or 6325||3||ED REM 6732||3|
|ED PSY 6598||3||ED PSY 6599||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).