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Ed.S. in School Psychology

The Ed. S. in school psychology degree program has been designed to educate and train students so that they may eventually be able to function effectively as school psychologists.

To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum is designed to provide for meaningful integration of theory, training, and practice.  This program emphasizes the development of attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential in the formation of school psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services.

Our NASP aligned Tampa Florida program is a part time program that includes regular virtual classroom meetings, weekend residencies for supervised practice of skills, on site experience based learning, and practicum experiences that culminate in a full time school psychology internship in a school setting.

Faculty are experts in the field of school psychology utilizing their experience to enhance the theoretical framework of the courses in a pragmatic manner.  This is an area of critical shortage in our nation, assessment, consultation, and addressing the mental health needs of students and families are all part of working as a school psychologist.

Choose NLU's Ed.S. in School Psychology program if you want to:

  • Learn evidence-based, functional assessment and intervention practices with an ecological focus


  • Integrate the scientist-practitioner model and be prepared for a career as a school psychologist in a school or other educational setting
  • Assume leadership positions within a school system
  • Work with professionals from other disciplines as part of an effectively functioning team within a school district
  • Broaden your scope of practice and employment potential

Ed.S. students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to select and deliver effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to educational populations 
  • Understand and apply the biological, psychological and social bases and theories of human functioning
  • Be able to evaluate and use the existing and evolving body of knowledge and methods in the practice and science of psychology
  • Be able to demonstrate effective group leadership skills in a school or any organizational setting

Individuals with a Ed. S. in School Psychology from National Louis University can expect to find employment as a school psychologist in the schools as well as possibly advocates, program developers.  As you become experienced with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of a school psychologist you will continue to learn and grow which can lead to work in a wide variety of community settings including mental health centers, hospitals, and sites for at-risk students.

The program accepts students who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.  Although prior degrees need not be in psychology or education, some experience in teaching, education, or psychological services is desirable.

To apply to the Ed.S. in school psychology degree program, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution
  • An undergraduate degree grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) -or- a graduate degree grade point average of 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0)
  • A minimum score on a pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in the admission policies, English language proficiency
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the program admissions committee

All applications for admission must be submitted to the admissions department. A clinical psychology enrollment specialist is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed application for admission form
  • Professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession
  • Current résumé (or career summary)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Download a .pdf copy of the FSPP student handbook.

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU's Ed.S. in School Psychology program. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

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