At a Glance:

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology

Semester hours 61
Average Completion Time 3 to 4 years
Cost per credit $600* (financial aid available)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of the state of Oregon
Location Portland Center (near Tigard)
Application Deadlines Early October (spring semester); Early February (summer semester); Early May (fall semester)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology

An educational psychologist works in the schools, doing testing, evaluating and discerning areas of need.

An education specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology prepares graduates to work in public and private schools, to test and assess students, and to analyze test results discerning need areas for children in Oregon and throughout the country. 

Our programs are rooted in the belief that school psychologists:

  • Must understand the physiological, psychological, relational, spiritual, and educational needs of K-12 students
  • Should be able to articulate the core dynamics of school psychology in concert with sound theological principles
  • Need to be able to use appropriate individual and group testing and assessment tools in the areas of academic skills, learning aptitude, social skills, personality and emotional development
  • Assist in strengthening the working relationships between educators, parents, and community resources
  • Are aware of prevention services
  • Need to possess the skills for working with a variety of students of different ages, diverse backgrounds, and varied developmental stages, cognitive, emotional and physical abilities
  • Should be able to work with private, institutional, community, ecclesiastical, and cross-cultural issues
  • Should have foundational counseling skills

Licensure

For those who want to obtain the Initial School Psychology License, George Fox University has been approved by the Oregon TSPC to offer an education specialist (EdS) degree to accompany the initial and continuing license preparation programs to prepare you to work with K-12 children, in public and private schools. You will learn how to test and assess students and analyze test results. You will be able to consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals. The EdS degree will prepare students to sit for the Praxis II: School Psychologist specialization test.

Advantages of the George Fox School Psychology program:

  • Courses taught from a systemic perspective
  • Opportunity to interact with students who are pursuing other mental health professions
  • The combined expertise of the counseling, education and psychology departments
  • An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
  • Post-graduate certificates for additional employability and specialization
  • Full time, accessible, widely trained faculty
  • A convenient Portland Center location
  • Evening and weekend course work for the working adult

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