The first 30-credits of this 3-year program results in a M.Ed. in school psychology. Then candidates continue on with the Ed.S. in school psychology. Once the Ed.S. is earned, candidates are eligible to apply for certification as a school psychologist.
The PennWest School Psychology Program is fully approved by the PA Department of Education and accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Hailed nationally for its innovation and flexibility, this program offers candidates a choice of 2 modalities. The hybrid model at PennWest Edinboro campus consists of mostly online classes, a field placement for a year-long practicum experience, plus five face-to-face classes that meet monthly on Saturdays. This may appeal to candidates seeking recertification who are not available for M-H night classes or to school psychology candidates who want more flexibility.
The face-to-face modality at PennWest California campus is more traditional in nature, with the same online offerings as the Edinboro campus, but with weeknight face-to-face courses in place of the Saturday courses. The practicum component is connected to California’s on-site clinic, so a formal, year-long field placement is not necessary.
Either way, you’re well-prepared for a career as a school psychologist.
All coursework is taught by faculty with doctoral degrees in School Psychology and extensive experience in the field. Using a scientist-practitioner model of training, they share their expertise and help you understand how to use evidence-based practices for instruction, mental health and crisis intervention and special education services.
You will graduate ready to assume a leadership role in the schools and fill a growing need in your community as a certified school psychologist.
Approved by the PA Department of Education and accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
All candidates must complete a 1200 clock-hour internship.
Most classes are offered online with options for weekly face to face or monthly face to face Saturday classes (hybrid).
According to U.S. News & World Report, the average salary of a school psychologist is higher than many other social service jobs with the educational system.
M.Ed School Psychology : 30 credits
Ed.S School Psychology: 37 credits
Face-to-face and hybrid
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Fill a growing need.
The Research Committee of the National Association of School Psychologists predicts an ongoing national shortage in school psychologists. Fill this important role and make a difference in students' lives with a graduate certificate in School Psychology from PennWest University.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.