Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
Psychology and Counseling
The Ed.S. Degree in Psychology & Counseling with an emphasis on School Psychology prepares students for careers as School Psychologists. These professionals work with parents, teachers, students, educators, and others to best meet the educational and mental health needs of children.
Students who complete the program are eligible to take the Praxis II School Psychology Specialty Examination in order to become licensed as School Psychology Specialists with the Arkansas Department of Education and license School Psychologists in other states. Many also seek National certification in School Psychology (i.e. NASP). Licensed School Psychology Specialists provide specialized services in the schools.
The degree program consists of 66-semester hours that requires coursework consistent with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Arkansas Department of Education standards. The School Psychology track is fully approved by NASP. Students receive education and training in the following eleven NASP domains:
- Data-Based Decision Making & Accountability
- Consultation & Collaboration
- Effective Instruction & Development of Cognitive/Academic Skills
- Socialization & Development of Life Skills
- Student Diversity in Development & Learning
- School & System Organization, Policy Development, & Climate
- Prevention, Crisis Intervention, & Mental Health
- Home/School/Community Collaboration
- Research & Program Evaluation
- School Psychology Practice & Development
- Information Technology