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EdS (Education Specialist) in School Psychology

Ricky Chavez

"The Educational and School Psychology department in the Bernerd School of Education offers small, intimate classroom settings with dedicated professors. The faculty and staff have a casual open-door policy where students can get additional research resources, discuss academic progress, or talk about last night's game. Professors take a genuine interest in the research goals of their students and foster the development of ideas while promoting theoretical background and empirical research." --Ricky Chavez

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.

Admission Information

A completed application form should be sent to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

  • 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 their 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. 

Culminating Experience

Portfolio examination and review.

Credential Earned

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

Financial Aid Opportunities

There are also additional funding opportunities available to Pacific students.

 Dr. Linda Webster
Department of Educational and School Psychology
Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-2559
Fax: (209) 946-3110

Handbook for Specialist Level (EdS) Students in School Psychology