EDS School Psychology

The EdS program is committed to preparing school psychologists who are thoroughly prepared for service and practice in the 21st century.

With a commitment to excellence, this practitioner-based program prepares highly competent graduates who are uniquely committed to providing high-quality, effective, and ethical school psychological services in educational and mental health settings. The program is also dedicated to preparing students to promote social justice through culturally responsive practice and advocacy to ensure equity for all children.

Few other programs provide a standardized client program, which provides simulated but authentic clinical learning experiences. Students will also engage in field work early on in the program in a variety of settings. In addition to eligibility for school psychology certification, the EdS program at PCOM incorporates a behavior analytic course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to pursue certification as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

NASP-Accredited

The 3-year EdS program in School Psychology is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists. Students completing this program are eligible for certification as a school psychologist. The EdS program at PCOM also incorporates a behavior analytic course sequence approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) to pursue certification as a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA).

EdS Degree Completion

The EdS degree can be completed in three years (two years of coursework and a one-year internship). Students in the EdS program will also receive a master’s of science in school psychology following completion of coursework in their second year. Classes meet in the evening hours two to three nights per week. Field experiences take place during the day on a flexible schedule. However, in the third year, the required internship experience must be completed during typical school hours.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Term 1Hours
Summer  
SPSY 524 Basic Principles in Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
SPSY 531 Theories of Learning and Behavior 3
 Hours6
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 501 Professional School Psychology 2
SPSY 512 Psychometrics 3
SPSY 613 Assessment I: Cognitive Assessment 3
 Hours8
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 504 Developmental Psychology 1
SPSY 507 Exceptional Child 2
SPSY 528 Behavior Assessment 3
SPSY 615 Assessment II: Academic Interventions 3
 Hours9
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 525 Behavioral Change and System Supports 3
SPSY 551 Practicum: Functional Behavioral Assessment 1
SPSY 618 Assessment III: Behavioral, Social, and Emotional 3
SPSY 740 Instructional Design Delivery 1
SPSY 748 Biological Aspects of Behavior 1
 Hours9
Second Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 508 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
SPSY 527 3
SPSY 598 MS Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours6
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 609 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Schools 3
SPSY 619 Consultation and Collaboration in Educational Settings 3
SPSY 622 Direct Assessment of Academic Skills 1
SPSY 652 Practicum in Applied Law and Ethics 1
 Hours8
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 526 Single Case Experimental Design 3
SPSY 614 Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology 3
SPSY 617 Academic and Behavioral Interventions 3
SPSY 653 Practicum: School-Wide Practice 1
 Hours10
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 535 Clinical Supervision, Management Training 3
SPSY 620 Prevention Strategies and Crisis Intervention 3
SPSY 623 English Learners, Approaches and Supports 3
SPSY 654 Practicum in Family School Partnerships 1
 Hours10
Third Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 616 Educational Research, Program Planning and Evaluation 3
 Hours3
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 661 Internship Seminar I 1
 Hours1
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 662 Internship Seminar II 1
 Hours1
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 663 Internship Seminar III 1
 Hours1
 Total Hours72

Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology (EdS)

An applicant to the educational specialist degree in school psychology program must have successfully completed a undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, education or a related field with a B average or better prior to matriculation.

It is expected that students enter the school psychology program with adequate academic preparation to undertake graduate studies, and a knowledge base that is equivalent to an undergraduate major in psychology. Students entering the program must have:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Math
  • 15 credits of psychology or relevant electives

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses that would enhance their preparation for the graduate program.

The educational specialist degree in school psychology program utilizes a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official scores from the GRE general test (PCOM GRE code is 2662). This requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.