Become a School Psychologist
Our Education Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S.) prepares candidates to become practicing School Psychologists in the state of Washington. The program aims to prepare candidates who meet criteria as nationally certified school psychologists. Graduate preparation in school psychology educates and trains individuals to apply principles in psychology and education to support school-wide academic and social-emotional programs, collaborate with teams to identify candidate learning and behavioral problems, and develop evidence-based intervention plans.
In Washington state, school psychologists obtain a Residency Certificate as an Educational Staff Associate (ESA) through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) also provides national certification for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential, and this certificate often assists with interstate recognition of training. In Washington, the NCSP provides a pathway to a Tier 2 Professional Certificate after 5 years of practice as a school psychologist.
Our program adheres to the standards of training set forth by NASP and is delivered via evening coursework to allow candidates to continue to work while earning the degree. The program offers two different entry tracks: post-baccalaureate and post-master’s. Each track requires theoretical coursework coupled with practice, and culminates with a full-time, 1200-hour internship.
School psychology education and training builds on foundations in multiple disciplines. In that light, our program includes adapted courses from several SOE departments including Special Education, Teacher Education, Counselor Education, and Educational Leadership & Administration. Additional courses specific to the field fulfill any outstanding requirements.
The curriculum is supported by regular coursework with departmental faculty, enhanced by field experiences in the schools, and the development of a professional portfolio. The scientist-practitioner orientation guides preparation for candidates to master and employ empirically validated methods of assessment, consultation, and intervention within NASP Practice Model Domains.