Become a School Psychologist

Careers in School Psychology

School psychologists work with individual students and groups of students to deal with behavioral problems, academic difficulties, disabilities and other issues. They also work with teachers and parents to develop techniques to deal with home and classroom behavior. Other tasks include training students, parents and teachers about how to manage crisis situations and substance abuse problems.

George Fox’s Educational Specialist in School Psychology (EdS) program equips you to work effectively with K-12 children, their families, and the school system to assist each child to be successful in his/her learning and interpersonal relationships.

Portrait of  (Ed.S. '20), R.A. Long High School</h2> <div

The most fulfilling thing about the work I do now is being an advocate for children and finding ways to help them be successful in school. I love working with them and being a part of making a difference in their lives. Attending school at George Fox allowed me to discover myself and challenge biases and perspectives I didn’t realize I had.

- Teri Sato (Ed.S. '20), R.A. Long High School


When I began the school psychology program at George Fox in 2017, I had already endured one round of breast cancer and my husband had just lost his job. I had finished my bachelor’s degree in 2006 and wanted to continue my education, but life circumstances prevented me from continuing school at that time. I obtained a full-time job as an instructional assistant in a school district the same year I started the school psychology program at George Fox. The flexibility of having night and weekend classes allowed me to continue working and made it possible to pursue my degree.

After beginning my internship in the fall of 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer again and required surgery over Christmas break. Then in the spring, after going back to work, COVID-19 hit and schools were closed. In the midst of difficult times, I was still able to complete all my internship hours and graduate on time. In addition to my family and friends, Dr. Danielle Pappas, my internship supervisor, and my classmates encouraged me and gave me the strength to finish.

My focus changed from all the bad things happening to the end result, which was earning my degree and getting a job in the fall 2020. The most fulfilling thing about the work I do now is being an advocate for children and finding ways to help them be successful in school. I love working with them and being a part of making a difference in their lives. Attending school at George Fox allowed me to discover myself and challenge biases and perspectives I didn’t realize I had. I am grateful to the instructors who pushed me and inspired me.

Read Full Story

Employment Outlook

Graduates of the program can expect favorable job prospects, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranked school psychology No. 2 on its “ Best Social Services Jobs” list. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026.

Spiritual Integration

Because of George Fox University's identity as a Christian university, the programs in the Graduate School of Counseling are grounded in and shaped by our commitment to an integrated understanding of the Christian faith and mental health that embraces diversity and promotes justice.

Our approach to spiritual integration does not specifically prepare graduates to be Christian counselors or work at faith-based organizations.

All together, our students are learning how to integrate the worldview of any person they work with, whether or not they share the same spiritual perspectives.

»  Learn more about spiritual integration

Licensure

The degree prepares students to sit for the Praxis II: School Psychologist specialization test. The program is approved by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

NASP

The George Fox University school psychology program is tracking current and future NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) standards and planning program changes accordingly so that future George Fox school psychology students will graduate from a NASP-approved program. Currently, our program covers content of the 10 NASP Practice Model Domains, so our graduates have been able to pursue and receive personal NASP certification after graduation.

Become a school psychologist and get equipped for a career in the field through George Fox's Educational Specialist in School Psychology program.

Course Requirements

The EdS in School Psychology program is generally three to four 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 two to three years in classroom course work and the last year in a full-time internship in a public school. All classes are held at the university’s Portland Center location.

Other graduate education programs are offered within the George Fox University School of Education.

»  Best Routes to Educational Specialist Degree School Psychology

Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology

Program length 3 to 4 years
Semester hours 61
Cost per semester hour $734*
Tuition cost for entire program $44,774*
Accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) of the state of Oregon
Format In-person
Location Portland Center (near Tigard)

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited