Educational Specialist (ED.S.) in School Psychology

A school psychologist makes a difference in children’s lives by supporting students’ academic success and mental health. Working closely with teachers, administrators and families, you’ll assess students’ needs and provide evidence-based interventions so that every child can learn and thrive.
This interdisciplinary graduate degree blends education and psychology so you have the tools to help students who are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or emotionally.

School Psychology at Alverno

This new program at Alverno is expected to launch in Fall 2018, pending DPI approval. The three-year program includes two degrees in one: You will first complete a 30-credit Master of Science in Educational Psychology, which counts toward the more advanced 60-credit Educational Specialist degree. Once you complete the Educational Specialist degree, you will be eligible to become a licensed school psychologist in Wisconsin. We offer courses on weeknights and weekends, as well as hybrid courses that allow you to do some of your coursework online.

On-the-ground training

You’ll gain experience applying your skills and knowledge in a school setting under supervision by a practicing school psychologist. During the second year of the program, you’ll spend 20 hours a week at a school for practicum courses, and you’ll spend your third year working full time as a school psychology intern.

School Psychologist vs. School Counselor

It’s common to confuse school psychologists and school counselors, but there are some important distinctions. School psychologists, who are required to have more education and training, work primarily with special education students to improve academic and behavioral outcomes, though they’re also involved in prevention and intervention efforts. School counselors work with the general school population on social/emotional issues and college/career guidance.

Get involved

Get connected with fellow students by joining the Alverno chapter of the School Psychology Student Association. You can also get involved in the National Association of School Psychologists and Wisconsin School Psychologists Association.

Internships for the School Psychology student

Alverno offers a wide network of placements for students who are interested in becoming school psychologists. We’re connected to more than 150 private and public schools throughout the metro Milwaukee area and beyond, and our students do their practica and internships at a variety of urban and suburban schools.

How you can use your degree

This degree allows you to make a difference and make a living. School psychologists are in such demand that many Wisconsin school districts can’t fill all their openings. Plus, U.S. News & World Report ranks this profession as No. 1 in the best social service jobs category, with a national median salary of $70,580. Most school psychologists work in public K-12 school districts, though some work in private schools, charter schools, juvenile justice programs, universities and private practice. Some school psychologists eventually take on related administrative roles.

Learn from the best

Educators from around the world continue to study and emulate Alverno’s approach to learning and assessment, and as more school districts adopt this educational model, you’ll have the advantage of experiencing it firsthand. You’ll learn from educators who are leaders in their field and who are on the forefront of the latest trends and changes in education and school psychology.

SPY-600Prof Issues & Ethics /School Psychology3
MCP-651Research, Evaluation & Statistics Method3
SPY-630Culturally Respon Intellectual Assessmnt3
SPY-648Academic Assessmnt & Progress Monitoring3
SPY-690Consult & Collabor W/Teachers & Families3
SPE-615Charac, Assmnt-Lrnrs With Disabilities3
TLA-611Ed & Hum Dev I:Understanding Learner3
MCP-625Clin Mntl Hlth Cnsl: Diagnosis& Treatmnt3
SPY-645Behav, Soc, Emot Assmnt &inter3
SPY-660Apply MTSS/Addr Acad&Beh Issues3
SPY-698Practicum 1: School Psychology3
SPE-614Foundations of Special Education4
AL-665Educat in Democracy: Equity & Diversity3
or MCP-671 Substance Abuse Counseling
MCP-627Culturally Engaged Counseling3
AL-666Leadership for School & Community Engage3
SPY-700Internship 1: School Psychology3
SPY-720Internship 2: School Psychology3
Total Credits52