School Psychology

School Psychology Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Program Description

The Ed.S. is a rigorous graduate degree program that meets the requirements for certification as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Students who apply directly from a bachelor's degree can earn an Ed.M. after completion of 30 credit hours of work toward the Ed.S. This program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and graduates can become Nationally Certified School Psychologists. School Psychology is a growing field, and we currently have a 100% placement rate for our graduates. Temple also offers the option to apply to our APA accredited Ph.D. program in School Psychology. In addition to required coursework, students must also complete an annual portfolio, the required practicum placements and a 1200 hour internship in a school setting. (See also the complete School Psychology Program Guidelines [pdf].)

Program Objectives

The philosophy of the Program is to prepare students for functioning as clinicians using evidence-based practices and who are child advocates. The Program's four major goals are (1) to prepare students to utilize evidence-based practice in assessment, consultation, and intervention; (2) to prepare students to integrate and apply research findings to the practice of school psychology; (3) to prepare students to understand and appreciate diversity and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations; and (4) to prepare students to function at the highest level of professional, ethical, and legal standards.

The specific goals of the program are to train the students to perform the following:

  1. To prepare students to utilize evidence-based practice in assessment, consultation, and intervention.
    1. Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical, empirical, and practical literature on assessment.
    2. Objective 2: Students will demonstrate mastery of administration and scoring of the basic instruments of cognitive assessment, personality and behavioral assessment, educational assessment, and assessment of adaptive behavior.
    3. Objective 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to perform diagnostic assessments of a wide variety of students from preschool through twelfth grade, including assessment of children with low-incidence disabilities and children at high risk for school failure, and to convey the results of these assessments orally and in writing.
    4. Objective 4: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature on consultation.
    5. Objective 5: Students will demonstrate basic consultation skills, including active listening, hypothesis generation, hypothesis testing, feedback to teachers, summarizing, eliciting case details, dealing with resistance, conducting direct teacher observations (evaluations of the instructional environment) and student observations (both structured and unstructured).
    6. Objective 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to consult with teachers about the academic and behavior problems of students in schools, appropriately evaluating the outcomes in terms of student performance.
    7. Objective 7: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the literature on evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions.
    8. Objective 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of empirically validated academic and behavioral interventions.
  2. To prepare students to integrate and apply research findings to the practice of school psychology.
    1. Objective 1:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of research findings and the ability to critically analyze research.
    2. Objective 2:  Students will demonstrate the ability to disseminate research findings that contribute to the expansion of scientific knowledge in general and School Psychology in particular.
  3. To prepare students to understand and appreciate diversity and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations.
    1. Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of diversity, including impact of racial, ethnic, class, cultural, language, lifestyle and ability differences on the practice of school psychology, including assessment, consultation, remediation, intervention, and working with families.
    2. Objective 2: Students will demonstrate sensitivity toward diversity by adjusting language to be sensitive to cultural, socioeconomic and lifestyle issues when providing feedback of information to parents, adjusting language when consulting with teachers, and by continued discussion of individual differences relative to assessment and interventions.
  4. To prepare students to function at the highest level of professional, ethical, and legal standards.
    1. Objective 1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the APA code of ethics, the NASP code of ethics, the ethical standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology, and the Pennsylvania State and Federal Laws relevant to school psychology.
    2. Objective 2: Students will apply the knowledge APA code of ethics, the NASP code of ethics, the ethical standards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology, and the Pennsylvania State and Federal Laws relevant to school psychology.