School Psychology: Ed.S. - Education Specialist
The program prepares students to serve as certified school psychologists, with core knowledge and skills in providing the comprehensive assessment, intervention, and consultative services necessary for healthy child and youth development.
At a Glance
Ed.S. - Education Specialist
- Our graduates become nationally-certified school psychologists in preK-12 schools, helping to fill a critical shortage of these roles in Virginia and across the United States.
Best Suited To
- Individuals who are committed to providing culturally responsive school psychological services to youth in diverse settings.
- Individuals interested in the intersection of education and mental health through the lens of prevention, assessment, and intervention.
- Individuals who want to become certified as a school psychologist.
- Full Time
The typical length of study is 3 years, including a one-year internship.
- February 1
About This Program
UVA will enroll its first cohort in its new Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program in School Psychology for the fall of 2024.
The Ed.S. in School Psychology program is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model of training. The program prepares graduates to deliver comprehensive, culturally responsive school psychological services (i.e., prevention, intervention, assessment, and consultative services) to diverse student populations in educational settings. The program prepares graduates to engage in data-based decision-making to design and implement evidence-based interventions to promote academic, behavioral, and mental health success. We offer specialized training in evidence-based interventions to prevent and intervene on the most pressing academic and mental health challenges in today’s youth. Students will learn to collaborate and partner with youth, families, school staff and administrators as well as multi-disciplinary community partners to promote learning and create safe and supportive environments for youth development. Graduates of the program will be prepared to advocate for, and engage in, equitable and culturally responsive programming for youth. Our graduates will be critical thinkers who will integrate research findings into their daily work as school psychologists.
In this program, we:
- Emphasize a contextual understanding of the well-being and mental health of children, youth, and young adults
- Take a strengths-based approach to understanding youth, families, and systems
- Commit to preparing diverse, culturally responsive practitioners who are prepared to work with diverse youth and families.
- Value and respect all aspects of human diversity (including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, linguistic differences, ability, and the intersection of these identities)
- Train students to advocate for and work toward creating equitable opportunities and access for all students
Our program is unique in that graduates will not only be prepared to deliver and be leaders in comprehensive school psychological services but will receive specialized training in mental health prevention and intervention for youth. Students will take courses such as Introduction to Psychotherapy, Child Therapy, and Psychological Interventions in Schools, and will complete applied training experiences in educational settings and gain exposure to the delivery of psychological services across multiple contexts (e.g., schools, community mental health clinics).