Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Psychology

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The Ed.S. in Educational Psychology prepares professional school psychologists and meets endorsement requirements for the State of Nevada.

The Education Specialist degree in Educational Psychology requires a minimum of 67 graduate semester credits, enables the student to practice as a school psychologist in Nevada, and provides preparation for national certification. The Ed.S. meets training standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists and the State of Nevada Board of Education. The program integrates theory and research to applied skills for working in schools and other agencies and encourages diversity within the profession.

The program meets endorsement requirements for employment as a school psychologist in the State of Nevada and is the only school psychology program in Nevada accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The mission of this program is to prepare students for the profession of school psychology by developing core knowledge and competencies related to:

  • School psychologists' role as a mental health professionals practicing within the school setting.
  • A range of direct and indirect psychological and educational services, including psychological and psychoeducational assessment, consultation with parents and educators, student-focused interventions, and system-level interventions targeting school-wide and classroom dynamics that contribute to students' academic, behavioral, and emotional difficulties.
  • Ethical and legal issues related to school psychology practice.
  • Professional issues, research, and best practices in the profession of school psychology.
  • Interpersonal relations with pupils, parents, peers.
  • Gathering and presenting research information in the field of school psychology.

Admissions Information

Students are admitted each spring to begin the following fall. Applicants must have a 2.75 Undergraduate GPA with the last two years GPA of 3.0. The GRE must also be taken, with preference given to applicants who score at or above the 50% percentile on both the verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE. The admission process begins with an application submitted to the Graduate College.

The application must include three references from former instructors, employers, or other professionals who can evaluate the potential to complete graduate study and a one-page career goals statement which also serves as a sample of the applicant's writing skills. Reference letters are available in PDF format.

Your first step in the admission process is the completion of the Graduate College application and the Deparmtent reference letter.

Previous coursework for students who hold a Master's degree in a related field (e.g. educational psychology, psychology, special education, counseling) will be considered toward meeting Ed.S. requirements, contingent on when the courses were completed and their relevance for the program.

A maximum of 15 credits completed at UNLV in a non-degree status may be applied toward the Ed.S. degree. If this limit may be exceeded prior to the annual admission period, contact the school psychology program director for information about requesting a waiver.

Planning your Program

The Ed.S. degree in Educational Psychology requires two years of full-time coursework, followed by a one-year internship in a school setting. The first year of the program is typically focused on completion of courses in core domains identified by American Psychological Association.

Following the first year of the prescribed Ed.S. program (minimum of 34 credits) and successful completion of the comprehensive examination, students are eligible to receive an M.S. degree in Educational Psychology. The minimum entry level degree in school psychology is the Ed.S., so the M.S. degree does not meet requirements for licensing, endorsement, or professional practice as a school psychologist. Award of the M.S. provides a graduate degree acknowledging successful completion of the first year of the three-year Education Specialist degree in Educational Psychology.

School psychology students are strongly encouraged to join the National Association of School Psychologists. A student membership rate is available, and there are many benefits, including professional publications, networking within the profession, and affordable professional liability insurance options. Click here for more information about joining NASP.

Maintaining regular contact with your advisor is a critical element in your success in graduate studies in school psychology at UNLV. Course substitutions may be allowed, when appropriate, to facilitate your movement through the Ed.S. program.

Your program of study for the degree should be filed during your first semester of graduate study. Your advisor and/or the department graduate coordinator will advise you about the current forms required.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience for the Ed.S. in Educational Psychology is the completion of a two-semester (minimum of 1200 clock hour) internship in a school setting. This is typically a full-time assignment, completed at the end of your program. During this time you will also enroll in EPP 766 and complete a portfolio with results of a national exam and examples of work product. The portfolio will serve as the final examination for the Ed.S. degree. Details will be provided when you are enrolled in the internship course.

Students will typically have completed all other coursework prior to being approved for internship. Students must have successfully completed the primary assessment courses (EPP 710, EPP 715, EPP 763) and the practica to be eligible for internship placement.