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EdS - Education Specialist in School Psychology

About the Degree
Experts in the field of educational psychology help children learn in safe, healthy and supportive environments.  Trained in both psychology and education, these professionals apply their interdisciplinary skill-set to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, assess students' learning abilities and partner with educators, parents and other mental health professionals to help students reach their full potential.

Completion of the EdS (Educational Specialist) in School Psychology degree and credential enables you to practice as a school psychologist in California's public schools. This program requires two years of full-time coursework with corresponding fieldwork in local schools, and culminates in an additional third-year internship, which is usually well paid.  The EdS program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.  Consequently, all of our graduates are also automatically eligible for the National Certificate in School Psychology.  Evening and on-line classes, as well as part-time programs are available.


  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology

Application Requirments
Please apply to the EdS program using our online application here.

  • Applicant must hold the baccalaureate degree or equivalent.
  • For applicants whose native language or principle language of instruction is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Scores should not be lower than 550 on the TOEFL.
  • Cumulative Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) should not be lower than 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale). No graduate-level coursework lower than 3.0.
  • In a Letter of Interest, the applicant should explicitly state an interest in becoming a school psychologist working in the public schools. The applicant should demonstrate the ability to express thoughts and ideas clearly.
  • An interview is required before the applicant can be considered for admission. The applicant should demonstrate the following in the interview: (a) Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to listen, adapt, and address ambiguity; (b) a willingness to examine his/her own biases and assumptions as a graduate student and future professional; (c) communicate sensitivity and skill in recognizing his/her own characteristics; and (d) recognize and deal responsibly with personal strengths and weaknesses. 

Important Note:

  • If you will not have an MA degree before entering the program, please apply to the MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology or Educational Psychology and choose the Summer Session III term in the online application, as this is the only term in which the Introduction to School Psychology course is currently offered.
  •  If you have or will have an MA degree before entering the program, it is preferred that you choose the Summer Session III term in the online application. Please note this is not the only term that you may begin the program. If you would like to begin during a different term please contact Linda Webster to see which entry term will best fit your needs. 


EdS Degree with a California Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology Credential

Financing your Education
There are also additional funding opportunities available to Pacific students.

Handbook for Specialist Level (Ed.S.) Students in School Psychology