The School Psychology program leads to the Educational Specialist Degree (EdS), Washington state certification (ESA Certification) and national certification (National Certificate in School Psychology). The EdS degree is between a master’s degree and a doctoral degree.
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.
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.
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.
The School Psychology program is committed to preparing students for culturally competent service and leadership in an increasingly diverse society and world.
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.