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.

Program Requirements

Number of units to complete the degree: 75 (30 credit Ed.M.; 45 credit post-masters Ed.S.)

Required Courses:

First Year (30 units):

  • Sch Psych 5667 Intro to Cognitive Assessment
  • Sch Psych 5671 Adv. Cognitive Assessment
  • Sch Psych 5672 Personality & Psychotherapy
  • Sch Psych 8772 Role & Function of the School Psychologist
  • Sch Psych 5674 Assess of Personality & Behavior
  • Sch Psych 5676 Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ed Psych 8621 Acad Assess & Remediation
  • Ed Psych 5523 Intro to Ed Psych
  • Ed Psych 8771 Social Psychology

Second Year (33 units).

  • Sch Psych 9587 School Consultation (2 semesters)
  • Sch Psych 8770 Physiological Psychology
  • Sch Psych 8775 Ethical & Legal Problems
  • Sch Psych 9688 Psychoeducational Clinic 1
  • Sch Psych 9688 Psychoeducational Clinic 2
  • Sch Psych 9687 Supervision Seminar 1
  • Sch Psych 9687 Supervision Seminar 2
  • Sch Psych 9787 Low Incidence Clinic
  • Sch Psych 9788 Low Incidence Seminar
  • Ed Psych 8627 Research Design

Third Year (12 units):

  • Sch Psych 9885/9986 Internship

Comprehensive Examination: Not required unless GPA falls below 3.5

Other checkpoints towards the degree: annual portfolio and final year portfolio review, internship.

Application Requirements

Deadline for applications: Fall: Janurary 5 (Admission is for fall term only)

A complete application will include:

  1. Temple University Application for Graduate Study
  2. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work.
  3. Official score reports from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be current within the last 5 years.
    NOTE: Scores from the GRE Subject exam in Psychology may also be submitted; however, beginning with applications for admission in Fall 2013, the subject exam is no longer required for a completed application.
  4. Students for whom English is their second language must also submit TOEFL scores. Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation [pdf]. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from former and current professors who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities and talents and can comment on the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.  If already working in the field, the applicant may include letters from professional colleagues.
  6. A current, professional resume.
  7. personal statement of goals and scholarly interests. The Statement of Goals, which should indicate your goals and objectives in obtaining a specialist degree and certification as a school psychologist, is typically 2-3 pages in length. It is evaluated against the program's mission. The statement should include the following elements: your reason for seeking certification with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your research and practice interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
  8. Two supplementary essays are also required for the Ed.S. degree.
    • Why do you wish to become a school psychologist?
    • What do you perceive as the role and function of the school psychologist?

Submitting Your Materials

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Office of Enrollment Management 
College of Education, Temple University
150 Ritter Annex (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Note: submitting materials via mail may delay the processing of your application. Please allow additional processing time before your application will be reviewed. The College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

It is the student's responsibility to see that everything is completed by the deadline date.

Application deadlines:

To be considered for admission, your complete application, including all required supplemental materials must be post-marked no later than:

  • For Fall admission: January 5

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and to periodically check TUPortal (http://tuportal.temple.edu) as to the status of their materials.