School Psychology - Educational Specialist Degree

Educational Specialist - School Psychology

Program Description

The Program is a 64-credit, graduate course of study, leading to Certification in School Psychology in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Program is recognized by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) and has had this distinction from 1990. Students are provided with a competency-based program which moves sequentially from a strong knowledge base to acquisition of applied skills, and then, to the supervised practicum and internship experiences. Upon successful completion of a specified 30 credit hours of coursework (see Program Curriculum) a Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology is awarded. Following successful completion of the remaining 34 credit hours that includes a practicum and 1200, full-year internship, the student earns an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) and is recommended for certification as a school psychologist to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  Students may transfer into the program after earning a master’s degree in Psychology or a closely related field elsewhere (see the FAQ for more details). The Commonwealth requires students to a Praxis examination before they can be certified as a School Psychologist. The program attempts to accommodate students who desire to complete the bulk of their program on a part-time, evening basis (with the exception of several summer courses and the practicum and internship experiences).

Students at a conference

 Mission Statement

The purpose of the Millersville University School Educational Specialist Program is to prepare highly effective school psychologists who as data-based decision makers and problem solvers support the educational success of all children.

Program Philosophy

The Millersville University School Psychology Educational Specialist Program ascribes to a practical ecological model which trains candidates to work effectively with the various systems that support students: the school, the family, and the community.  The program prepares candidates to function as strong advocates for students by relying on research evidence and incorporating best practices into the training program.  Our program strives to incorporate new knowledge about the most effective practices as it emerges in the ever-changing field of school psychology.  The goal of various candidate preparation activities is ultimately to facilitate appropriate student change and prevent school-related problems.  They will do this by basing decisions on data, engaging in best practices, and measuring the effectiveness of interventions. 

Program Objectives

The Program Objectives have been designed to reflect NASP’s training standards.

  1. Enhance the development of wellness, resiliency, social skills, and life competencies.
  2. Enhance the development of cognitive and academic skills.
  3. Provide leadership in promoting effective and caring systems that support learning.
  4. Make informed decisions based on data.
  5. Practice in ways that meet all appropriate ethical, professional, and legal standards and with mindfulness of their social responsibility in serving others.
  6. Apply technology to improve outcomes and support their efforts in serving others.
  7. Be aware of issues of diversity and provide sensitive quality service to diverse populations.
  8. Assist with and monitor the development of those interpersonal and collaborative skills that will enable candidates to work effectively and cooperatively with others.