Educational Specialist in School Psychology

“There is a demand for school psychologists across the nation. School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. Our graduates are making an impact on the lives of children and youth in Pennsylvania and across the country. Our program is nationally approved (http://www.nasponline.org/graduate-education/grad-edu.aspx). We provide a structured curriculum, small class sizes, and supervised field experiences for our students. Our aim is to develop professional competencies in school psychology for our students and inspire them with a passion for helping children and youth.” – Dr. E. Snyder   Program Head

The Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology is a 75 credit program of study that in conjunction with passing scores on the National School Psychology Exam leads to Pennsylvania School Psychologist Certification* and recognition as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

The School Psychology Program prepares its graduates for the professional practice of psychology in the schools by emphasizing a scientist-practitioner model of training. The mission of the program is to prepare school psychologists who are capable of providing high quality, ethical psychological services. The program provides a solid foundation of instruction, research, and field experience, which reflects current, empirically supported methods in psychology and education. These experiences prepare graduates to provide assistance and expertise in the assessment and treatment of problems experienced by children, schools, and communities.

Respect for diversity among individuals, groups, and community is emphasized throughout the curriculum. The goal of our program is to help each candidate to identify and apply his/her unique talents while utilizing problem-solving, data-based approaches that allow him/her to work with children and families having a broad range of needs. The focus of our program is on the application of empirically supported approaches to assist all children in achieving academic success, social competence, and emotional and physical health.

* This certification may not be recognized by any other state.

OccupationProjected Growth in PAProjected National GrowthPA Median SalaryNational Median Salary
School Psychologist 9.0% 22.0% $65,000 $67,700

*Salary and job growth information obtained from O*NET OnLine.

Recent graduates are employed as School Psychologists at:
School District of the City of Erie, PA; Union City School District, PA; Millcreek Township School District, PA; Harborcreek School District, PA; Westfield Central School District, NY; Cleveland Metropolitan School District, OH

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Edinboro University's School of Graduate Studies at (814)732-2856, toll-free at (888) 845-2890 or by email at gradstudies@edinboro.edu.