School Psychology - EdS

The School Psychology program at Andrews University is housed in the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling.  The EdS in School Psychology provides training for a professional career as a certified or licensed school psychologist.  EdS-level school psychologists work primarily in public and private-school systems, preschool settings, and child-development centers.  Typical responsibilities are assessment, diagnosis, consultation, program planning, and intervention services to preschool and school-age children with educational, emotional, and behavioral problems.  A 1200-hour internship in a school is required.

Demand for School Psychologists

Training in School Psychology offers an amazing opportunity for a student with a bachelor’s degree in psychology to advance in this growing field. According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), "Demand for school psychologists is exceptionally strong and on the rise. As life has become more stressful, schools and communities have come under increasing pressure to provide mental health and instructional support for children and youth." 

School psychologists perform consultations involving the families and school personnel regarding the total learning environment of students. They assess students’ academic skills and aptitudes, social/emotional development, mental health, and eligibility for special services. School psychologist researches and evaluates to develop effective programs and strategies. They promote human diversity. School psychologists work within a school system to help students have the opportunity to learn and achieve their fullest potential.

Degree Requirements: 
course# psychological foundations credits
GDPC615 Advanced Human Development 3
GDPC640 Multicultural Issues for Counselors & Psychologists 2
Total EdS Foundation Credits 5


course# professional core credits
GDPC525 Psychology & Education of Exceptional Children 3
GDPC540 Behavioral & Emotional Problems of Children 3
GDPC555 Early Childhood Issues in Assessment 2
GDPC618 Legal and Ethical Issues in Schools 3
GDPC625 Biopsychology 3
GDPC626 Cognitive Psychology 3
GDPC635 Theories & Techniques of Counseling 3
GDPC644 Psychological Testing 3
GDPC651 Behavioral & Educational Assessment 3
GDPC652 Cognitive Assessment 3
GDPC654 Practicum in School Psychology 6
GDPC649 Crisis Intervention 1
GDPC672 Psychoeducational Consultation 3
GDPC686 Interventions and Diagnosis with Children and Adolescents 3
GDPC753 Psych Decision Making and Interventions 3
GDPC810 Internship in School Psychology 6
SPED610 Instructional Design for Special Education 3
SPED630 Education of Students with Math and Writing Disabilities 3
SPED645 Reading Assessment & Intervention 3
Total EdS Professional Core Credits 56


course# educational foundations credits
EDFN500 Philosophical Foundations of Education and Psychology 3
Total EdS Educational Foundations Credits 3


course# research/statistics/measurements credits
EDRM505 Research Methods & Stats in Education and Psychology I 3
Total EdS Research/Statistics/Measurements Credits 3

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