Education Specialist (EdS) Degree in School Psychology

At a Glance

3-4 Years Program length
Portland Location

Format

In person at the Portland Center (near Tigard)

Semester Credit Hours

65

Cost per semester credit hour

$756*

Tuition cost for entire program

$49,140*

Accreditation

AAQEP, approved by TSPC of Oregon - more

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

George Fox’s education specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology will prepare you to become a school psychologist in a public or private school setting and equip you to test and assess students, analyze test results, and discern areas of need 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
  • Should be able to work in private, institutional, community, ecclesiastical and cross-cultural settings
  • Should have foundational counseling skills

Licensure

If you wish to obtain the Preliminary School Psychology License, George Fox 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 P-12 children, in school settings.

Already hold a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health field and wish to pursue licensure in the school psychology profession? Consider our Certificate in School Psychology Program.

EdS vs. Master’s Degree

Students who want to go into school psychology are often uncertain as to whether the EdS or master’s degree is a better route. Some of the advantages of earning an EdS over a master's degree are:

  • An EdS is the degree required or preferred for licensure as a school psychologist across the country.
  • The EdS provides eligibility for the NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychology) Credential.
  • The EdS alerts employers of your more extensive preparation.
  • Earning an EdS usually puts graduates at a higher pay scale.

For more details, we encourage you to utilize this resource provided by NASP: Overview of Differences Among Degrees in School Psychology.

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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, we believe it’s our duty to prepare our students to know 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

Accreditation

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George Fox University received full accreditation status on June 11, 2021, by the Accreditation Commission of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The university's College of Education is accredited for the next seven years under AAQEP standards, after a fruitful and virtual Quality Assurance Review in April 2021.

Learn more about George Fox’s College of Education accreditation

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
  • Flexible schedules (day, evening and weekend classes) for working adults
Lisa Chambers

Lisa Chambers

EdS in School Psychology

The school psychology program has made me more aware of how to serve all people, respecting diversity, culture, and family dynamics while understanding the overarching role of school psychologists as they interact, communicate, and serve within education.

As the role of school psychologists has evolved to better meet the needs of students, families, and schools, the program at George Fox has also evolved to make sure the graduate students understand and are prepared for the complex roles they are stepping into. George Fox has encouraged me to face and discuss hard social issues that will impact our students as we move forward and understand the best ways to support them.

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Gabriela Elkins

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs