School Psychology program graduates are knowledgeable, ethical, and reflective educational professionals who lead and advocate for social justice.
Consistent with the Jesuit mission of Seattle University and the College Of Education, the School Psychology program prepares school psychologists to collaborate with professional colleagues, families, and the larger community to serve and advocate for all students. The program develops school psychologists who embody and act upon a commitment to social justice, particularly among disenfranchised students and families. Program faculty embody caring, the pursuit of knowledge, and a commitment to justice, so that our graduates enact these values in their own works.
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.
Learn more about courses that make up each program here.
In accordance with state and national professional standards, graduates of the Seattle University School Psychology program demonstrate entry-level competence in each of eleven (10) domains of practice:
Competence requires demonstration of both knowledge and skills. The program ensures that graduates have a foundation in the knowledge-base for psychology and education, including theories, models, empirical findings, and techniques in each domain, and demonstrate professional skills necessary to deliver effective services that result in positive outcomes in each domain. Student performance on each of the benchmarks is evaluated formally during the internship.
Practicums and an internship are both required to complete the EdS degree. Students must first be approved for candidacy to enroll in a practicum.
We understand there are many options when deciding what graduate program is best for you. Here are some features that make our program unique:
Dedicated to a practitioner-scholar model, the program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in research-based practices that will equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective school psychologists. With the overarching vision of preparing knowledgeable, ethical and reflective school psychologists for leadership and service in diverse communities, the following program goals guide the preparation of all students: