Ed.S. in School Psychology
Our Ed.S. program offers you practical experience, research opportunities, and well-rounded coursework. You will learn the skills needed to work with children of all developmental abilities (aged birth to 21 years), as well as their families, in school or community settings.
Optional Early Childhood School Psychology Concentration
You can take an additional 12 hours of integrated core and practical coursework, beyond that required for the Ed.S. degree, to earn a concentration in Early Childhood School Psychology.
Licensure and certification
After you complete our Ed.S. program and pass the Praxis II/National Association of School Psychologists licensing exam, you are eligible for National Association of School Psychologists’ national certification and to pursue licensure as a school psychologist in the state of Colorado. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets licensure requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. If you would like to pursue licensure in a state other than Colorado, contact the state’s Department of Education to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements.
The program learning outcomes for the Ed.S. in School Psychology are as follows:
- Application of contemporary, scientifically-based knowledge of typical and atypical development from birth to age 21 within the core areas of cognition and learning, language and communication, motor and movement, social-emotional, and adaptive behavior.
- Family sensitive practice that acknowledges the impact of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and linguistic factors on the learning and development of students and families from diverse backgrounds.
- Collaborative problem-solving with school, family, and community professionals leading to practical applications of human learning and development theory and a full continuum of empirically valid prevention and intervention strategies to promote mental health, learning, and physical well-being for students in regular and special education.
- Recursive data-based decision-making and goal-setting using a broad array of assessment approaches, the results of which are functionally linked to program interventions and services that result in measurable positive academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes.
- The ability to design, implement, and appraise a continuum of universal, targeted, and intensive individual, group, family, classroom, district, or community mental health agency interventions and educational services intended to create and maintain safe and supportive environments for learners of all abilities and with diverse needs.
- Program development and evaluation that include, but are not limited to, progress monitoring, outcome accountability, and formative and summative evaluation of school, family, and community partnerships to enhance academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for students.
- The ability to appraise and communicate empirical evidence and literature based on a thorough understanding of research design, measurement, and statistics.
- Ethical, legal, and socially responsible practice in the professional fields of School Psychology and Child and Family studies that reflects current knowledge of public policy, federal and state legislation and regulations, and a strong professional identity.
- Shared decision-making that utilizes information sources and technology to safeguard and enhance services and promote change at the individual, family, classroom, building, district, or community level.
- Advocacy that promotes wellness and ensures that prevention of learning, emotional, and behavior problems commands as much attention, effort, and resources as remediation.
You willl need to complete 90-quarter credit hours and a 1,200-hour, full-time internship. You must also pass the Praxis II exam.
If you are pursuing the Early Childhood School Psychology Concentration, you will need to complete an additional 12-quarter credit hours.
Our Ed.S. program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is a professional association that represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries. The world’s largest organization of school psychologists, NASP works to advance effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. Our vision is that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.
Approximate Completion Time
Three years; two years of coursework and one year of internship.
This is a full-time program (5-6 courses per quarter) and requires intense student commitment to complete the degree in the anticipated timeframe. Due to the structured coursework plan, it is recommended that students restrict employment to limited and flexible hours.