Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology

Education Specialist in School Psychology (EdS degree)

Approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


The EdS in School Psychology program is designed for men and women who desire graduate study and preparation for the school psychology profession.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • Demonstrate and articulate an identity as professional school psychologist including foundations, models, methods, public policy, ethical, professional and legal standards
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to collect data in a variety of areas for service and evaluate outcomes with cultural competence and relevance to age birth to 21 years
  • Acquire, redefine and demonstrate appropriate testing, assessmen, and report-writing skills, as well as skills in facilitating feedback sessions with students, families and the school and community systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge, methods, and application of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and other consultation models.
  • Demonstrate the personal awareness, theoretical knowledge, including human learning processes, and clinical skills needed to provide multi-culturally sensitive prevention, intervention, collaboration and consultation
  • Effectively consult and collaborate with parents and guardians, teachers, administrators, and other school and community members.
  • Demonstrate reflective and ethical decision making grounded in the knowledge of relevant legal and ethical codes as well as in an examination of personal values
  • Effectively work with information sources and technology to advocate for all students, and to evaluate and improve quality of services
  • Apply relevant research, statistics and evaluation methods in the practice of school psychology
  • Demonstrate the College of Education Conceptual Framework to Think Critically, Transform Practice, and Promote Justice  
  • Articulate how personal faith informs one’s identity and practice as a professional school psychologist

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above is required. The undergraduate degree does not have to be in the field of psychology.
  • Completed Application Form at
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Résumé of work and/or volunteer experience
  • Written admission statement addressing the question provided in the Application Form
  • One academic reference form and one professional reference form
  • An official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Group interview with the Admissions Committee. An invitation will be extended to those meeting initial program criteria.
The Admissions Committee will consider each application item and the Group Interview as part of the admissions decision. 

Additional requirements for international students are online here

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 20 hours credit is allowed toward the EdS in School Psychology program from accredited graduate schools (transfer credit is not allowed toward internship requirements). Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the EdS in School Psychology program will be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Of the 61 hours required for the EdS in School Psychology program, a minimum of 41 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the degree must be completed within 5 years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Department of Counseling (GDC) Faculty. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the program. A leave of absence is valid for up to one year after which the student must reapply to the program.

Course Requirements

The EdS in School Psychology program is generally 3-4 years in length with 61 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. The program is designed for full-time study, with the first 2-3 years in classroom course work and the last year in a full-time internship in a public school. Of those hours, 3 are in spiritual integration coursework, 24 in core counseling courses, 28 in school psychology core courses, and 6 clinical internship credits.

Other Degree Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 20 clock hours of personal counseling/therapy as part of the EdS in School Psychology program. Additionally, an ongoing review process serves as a way to assess the student's fit for the program; fit for the profession; emotional, psychological, and intellectual ability; as well as maturity level for functioning safely as a mental health professional. GDC faculty will review students each fall and spring semester. For more specific information, please refer to the student handbook.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the EdS in School Psychology program students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 61 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a required course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).
  • Complete a minimum of 20 one-hour sessions of personal therapy - individual, couples, and/or group (no more than 10 sessions may be in group therapy) - with a licensed therapist
  • Complete a minimum of 1,200 supervised hours in internship setting(s)
  • Successfully complete the Clinical Portfolio (reading fees are assessed during the final semester of clinical internship), in which the student articulates his/her current understanding of school psychology and applies the same through an analysis of his/her school psychology skills, an evaluation of his/her strengths, and a three-year professional development plan

Curriculum Plan

Spiritual Integration (3 hours)
GCEP 561 Spirituality and Clinical Praxis 3
Counseling Core (24 hours)
GCEP 500 Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy
GCEP 501 Principles and Techniques of Counseling 3
GCEP 502 Clinical Practicum 3
GCEP 510 Human Growth and Development 3
GCEP 520 Personality and Counseling Theory 3
GCEP 550 Group Theory and Therapy 3
GCEP 566 Research Methods and Statistics 2
GCEP 567 Cultural Foundations and Social Justice 3
GCEP 587 Interpersonal Neurobiology and Pharmacology 1
School Psychology Core (28 hours)
GCEP 511 Ethical and Legal Issues 3
GCEP 531 Introduction to School Psychology 3
GCEP 543 The Exceptional Child 3
GCEP 544 Academic Assessment* 4
GCEP 545 Cognitive Assessment* 4
GCEP 546 Test and Measurement 3
GCEP 547 Personality and Behavioral Assessment* 4
GCEP 551 Program Evaluation Research Designs 2
GCEP 558 Treatment Planning 1
GCEP 559 School Psychology Portfolio 1
Clinical Internship (6 hours)
GCEP 548 Internship in School Psychology I 3
GCEP 549 Internship in School Psychology II 3

*This course includes 3 credit hours for classroom and 1 for lab. Students in this program who desire to have a double major (i.e., school psychology, counseling, or MFT) must meet with their advisor to discuss the additional course work needed.


  • In addition to fulfilling the above course requirements, school psychology students in the EdS in School Psychology program who seek the Initial School Psychology License will be asked to submit passing scores on the following assessments:
    1. ORELA Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment Examination
    2. Praxis II Specialty Area Test in School Psychology
    3. Fall 2014 applicants must submit official passing scores for one of the following basic skills tests: Praxis I Test or California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
Counseling Course Descriptions