This is a great time to enter the field of school psychology. Job prospects in school psychology are excellent. Our students easily find internships and positions. Workforce predictions indicate upcoming large-scale retirements and subsequent shortages of trained school psychologists with competitive salaries.
The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program in School Psychology is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in association with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). It is designed to prepare students to meet the Department of Education requirements for certification in West Virginia and other states. The Ed.S. consists of 42 hours of required coursework and field experiences, in addition to a Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology (36hrs).
The School Psychology Ed.S. Program at Marshall University focuses on practitioner training for the delivery of comprehensive school psychological services primarily in school settings. Ed.S. students are trained in a “scientist practitioner” model that emphasizes the use of research findings in clinical decision-making, both in terms of creating interventions as well as evaluating their efficacy. Ed.S. students draw upon scientific literature to make decisions regarding best practice with a focus on empirically supported services.
School psychologists provide a wide variety of professional services including
- Consultation with parents, teachers, administrators, and others
- Psychological and educational assessment and problem-solving
- Counseling: Individual and Group
- Prevention and Crisis Intervention services
- Program evaluation
Students receive education and training in the following ten NASP domains:
- Data-Based Decision Making & Accountability
- Consultation & Collaboration
- Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills
- Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills
- School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning
- Preventative and Responsive Services
- Family-School Collaboration Services
- Diversity in Development and Learning
- Research & Program Evaluation
- Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice