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 will assess students’ needs and provide evidence-based interventions to help children thrive.

This interdisciplinary graduate degree blends education and psychology so you will have the tools to help students who are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or emotionally.

School Psychology at Alverno

This program, which launched in Fall 2018, has Wisconsin DPI approval.  In addition, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has approved our candidacy, pending an accreditation site visit in 2022.  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 typically offer courses on Friday evenings and Saturdays (every other weekend), synchronous remote learning options, as well as some online course options.

On-the-ground training

Alverno's school psychology faculty members bring a wealth of real world experience working as administrators, school psychologists and clinical psychologists.  You will gain experience applying your skills and knowledge in field work experiences supervised by practicing school psychologists. During the second year of the program, you can expect to spend an average of two days a week at a school gaining practicum experience, and you’ll spend your third year working full time as a paid school psychology intern.

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.

Practicum Placements for School Psychology Students

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, while earning a competitive salary and benefits. School psychologists are in such demand that many Wisconsin school districts can’t fill all their openings. Plus, U.S. News & World Report has often ranked this profession among the best social service jobs, with a national median salary over $70,000. 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.

School Psychology (MSED) Requirements
SPY-600Prof Issues & Ethics /School Psychology3
MCP-620Helping Rel: Prevention, Intervnt & Syst3
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
SPY-647Prevent & Crisis Intervention in Schools3
SPY-645Behav, Soc, Emot Assmnt &inter3
Ed Specialist (EdS) Requirements
SPY-655Clin Mental Hlth Couns/Chld& Adol3
SPY-660Apply MTSS/Addr Acad&Beh Issues3
SPE-635PCommunity Envir W/Learing Disabilities3
SPY-698Practicum 1: School Psychology3
SPE-614Foundations of Special Education3
SPY-699Practicum 2: School Psychology3
MCP-627Culturally Engaged Counseling3
AL-666Leadership for School & Community Engage3
SPY-700Internship 1: School Psychology3
SPY-720Internship 2: School Psychology3
Total Credits60