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Educational Specialist Program in School Psychology at Marywood

Build Trust and Learning Strategies as an Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students who seek state certification as a PreK-12 school psychologist. The Ed.S. degree program is designed as a 75-credit graduate program for students who wish to work in schools or related agencies. The program is competency-based and aims to train professionals in a scientist-practitioner model to provide the wide range of services expected of school psychologists.


Emphasis throughout the program is on realistic integration of didactic instruction and experiential learning, with the candidate expected to demonstrate continual progress toward independent professional functioning. The Ed.S. degree program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and follows guidelines for School Psychology training, as set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) standards.

Students may enter the program post-baccalaureate or post-master’s degree. Those seeking entrance post-baccalaureate earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology upon completion of 48 credit hours and other degree requirements for the General/Theoretical concentration. Applicants seeking admission post-master’s degree should expect to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including a 1,200-hour internship, within three academic years. Part-time students, entering post-baccalaureate, are expected to complete the program and internship within five years.

More About This Degree

Stuart Badner, Psy.D., CSP
Associate Professor of Practice
Program Director, School Psychology

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies provides psychology and counseling students with facilities for clinical training, student research, and psychological testing.

The McGowan Center also houses the Psychological Services Center, an outpatient mental health clinic that provides mental health services to the community and training facilities for students in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. The clinic has one-way observation rooms for individual, group, and family therapy.


At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.

I currently work as an undergraduate adviser at The Catholic University of America.  In my position, I hope I have a positive impact on students, similar to how I was influenced by my former Marywood professors.  I also enjoy research and would like to transfer those skills to academic advising.

Marywood has prepared me for a career in academic advising on the college level in several ways. At Marywood, I learned the tools of building relationships from a counselor perspective.  I also built strong mentor/student relationships, especially with Dr. Janet Muse-Burke, with whom I still maintain a friendship.

Marywood’s core values created such a great environment on campus.  I remember visiting as a high school student and feeling welcomed the moment I stepped on campus.  As I began my job search, I was hoping to find the same personal kindness and sense of community I felt at Marywood, so it was not a surprise that I ended up working at another Catholic university.

Specific Program Requirements

Application and Admissions Requirements
Complete the online application for admission at


  •   A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related area.
  •   All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25).
  •   GRE (within the past five years).
  •   A personal statement citing the applicant’s reasons for entering the profession of school psychology. Include a resume of the applicant’s education and related professional experience as well.
  •   A personal interview with the School Psychology Program Director.
  •   All application material must be received by the application deadline (January 15th).

Those admitted to the program are expected to demonstrate continued professional growth. The progress of each candidate is reviewed yearly. To be recommended for certification, a student must also pass the Praxis II (School Psychology) standardized examination(s).

Note: Program requirements and curricula are subject to change, pending Pennsylvania Department of Education and NASP Training Standards.

Transfer of Credits
All credits transferred must reflect at least a “B” grade, be from a regionally accredited institution, be similar in content and demand of equivalent Marywood courses and have been within the preceding five years. The Director of School Psychology must approve all transfer credits. The following criteria must also be met: 

  •   The student has attained Full Acceptance Status in the program.
  •   The student has provided a syllabus of the proposed transfer course.
  •   The student has provided an official transcript showing an earned grade of “B” level or above in the course(s) to be transferred.  Grades lower than “B” are not transferable.
  •   The student completed the transfer courses in the past five years prior to making this request.
  •   The student met with his/her academic advisor who will make a recommendation of approval of transfer.

Transfer students applying at the Ed.S. level can transfer in previous related graduate credits of the required coursework for the Ed.S. degree, to be determined by the admissions committee. Transfer credits will not be applied to the following courses:

PSYC 549A Practicum
PSYC 549B Internship
PSYC 549C Internship
PSYC 551 School Psychology Law and Ethics
PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment
PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning
PSYC 581 Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Final written approval is made by the Director of School Psychology with copies of the final determination placed in the student’s file and emailed to the student.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

Find Your Counselor

Jim McAndrew

Graduate Admissions Counselor
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 4529

About me: I was born and raised in Scranton, PA and currently reside in Throop, PA. I graduated from Marywood University in 2017 and joined the admissions team in September 2020. Not only am I an admission’s counselor here at Marywood, but I am also the assistant coach for the Men’s Basketball team.

My interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy traveling, watching movies, Yankees baseball, Steelers and Penn State football, Sixers and Syracuse basketball. I also love animals, especially cats and dogs!

My favorite thing about Marywood: My favorite thing about Marywood is how close-knit the environment on campus is. I love that all of our professors and faculty build a close connection with the students and have that 1-on-1 relationship.

My favorite place at Marywood: I would have to say my favorite place at Marywood is the Learning Commons. It is a good place to get a balance of quite study time, but also meet with friends to hang out and get something to eat.

You’d never guess: You’d never guess I’m a big Marvel fan. As much as I enjoy watching sports, I can watch any Marvel movie at any time of the day.

Best advice: Be yourself! Going to college may seem intimidating at first, but once you get on campus, it will start to feel like home. If you just be yourself, you will find plenty of opportunities around campus to meet new people and get involved with some great activities.

Graduate Admissions

Office of University Admissions
Phone: 570-348-6211 ext 6234

Contact the Office of University Admissions for more information. 

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Course Requirements
Each School Psychology student is required to complete the following course of study: Human Behavior and Development, the Nature and Psychology of Exceptionality, Assessment Principles and Techniques, Intervention Principles and Techniques, Professional Practice in School Psychology, Curriculum and Organization in Education, and Research and Statistics.

Human Behavior and Development (15 semester hours)
PSYC 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
PSYC 514 Human Development
PSYC 517 Personality Psychology
PSYC 521 Social Psychology
PSYC 523 Contemporary Learning Theories

Nature and Psychology of Exceptionality (9 semester hours)
PSYC 532 Child Psychopathology
SPED 507 Characteristics and Remedial Strategies
SPED 511 Curriculum Adaptations for Special Needs

Assessment Principles and Techniques (15 semester hours)
PSYC 561 Introduction to Psychological Testing
PSYC 562 Cognitive Assessment
PSYC 563 Assessment of Learning
PSYC 581 Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials, and Assessment of English Language Learners

Intervention Principles and Techniques (12 semester hours)
COUN 518 Foundational Counseling Techniques
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues for Counseling
PSYC 585 Family-School Interventions
SPED 539 Behavioral Management Approaches OR
PSYC 539 Behavior Management

Professional Practice in School Psychology (15 semester hours)
PSYC 551 School Psychology Law and Ethics
PSYC 552 School Based Consultation Methods
PSYC 549A Practicum
PSYC 549B Internship
PSYC 549C Internship

Curriculum and Organization in Education (3 semester hours)
PSYC 547 Introduction to School Psychology

Research and Statistics (6 semester hours)
PSYC 503 Research Methodology and Statistics I
PSYC 504 Research Methodology and Statistics II
PSYC 555 Professional Contribution OR
PSYC 554 Thesis Preparation AND
PSYC 556 Master’s Thesis