The need for school psychologists is greater than ever. School psychologists are first school responders in keeping children safe, supporting students and teachers in meeting academic standards, helping students with disabilities, and providing a nurturing place for children with chaos in other parts of their lives.

Working with teachers, parents, and professionals, they design interventions for children and make ethical and moral decisions every day. The school psychologist must be a child advocate who takes responsibility for his/her actions.

The School Psychology EdS degree at Seattle University offers:

  • small classes and personalized instruction
  • options for working professionals
  • an emphasis on advocacy and professional ethics
  • and an excellent graduate placement rate


The School Psychology Program’s vision is to prepare knowledgeable, ethical and reflective school psychologists for leadership and service in diverse communities. Consistent with the vision and mission of Seattle University and the College of Education, the School Psychology program is dedicated to preparing school psychologists to serve P-12 students and their families, professional colleagues, and the larger community with exemplary levels of expertise and personal commitment. The program seeks to develop school psychologists who understand and embrace their ethical responsibilities and who have the skills to put these values to service for others. Program faculty model caring, academic excellence, and commitment to justice so that our graduates enact these values in their own professional lives.

Program Elements

The knowledge base of the program is organized around the following key elements:

Knowledgeable Leadership and Service

School psychology is a specialty within the profession of psychology that focuses on social-emotional, cultural, and environmental factors that influence learning and adjustment processes. The school psychologist applies the science of psychology to problems related to learning and performance, and to social-emotional, adaptive, and behavioral development of youth. The application of science to school psychology practice (the scientist practitioner mode) serves as a foundation for the school psychology program. Program graduates are prepared to apply the knowledge base accumulated about psychology to serve the mental health and educational needs of youth, recognizing the importance of the school environment as a significant influence affecting children’s development.

Ethical Leadership and Service

The School Psychology program prepares students to meet high standards of conduct and behavior. The basis for ethical service by the school psychologist is a clear dedication to child advocacy, the ability to take responsibility for the consequences of his/her actions, and the moral courage to make decisions that will lead to appropriate interventions for individual children, for groups, and at a systems level.

Reflective Leadership and Service

The process of reflection is critical to effective professional practice. Throughout the program, students are expected to engage in reflective processes to integrate and develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

Leadership and Service in Diverse Communities

The School Psychology program is committed to preparing students for culturally competent service and leadership in an increasingly diverse society and world.

Quality Professional Leadership and Service

School Psychology is a service profession and our graduates are prepared for leadership and service in a manner consistent with the Jesuit tradition. This tradition emphasizes the exercise of humane values and morals, ethics and religious convictions in the pursuit of social justice.