Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in School Psychology (Post-Master’s)

School psychologists work as key members of an educational team. Through advanced training in mental health, learning and behavioral strategies, school psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, and behaviorally, and support teachers’ capacity to educate all learners.

This Ed.S. degree is designed for students with a master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field who want to become school psychologists. Students who do not hold a master’s degree currently and are interested in becoming a school psychologist should enroll in the M.Ed. in Educational Studies/Counseling and School Psychology Concentration program. Upon completion of that degree, they should then apply for admission to the Ed.S. in School Psychology program.

Program of Study
The curriculum, including program prerequisites, is designed to comply with New Hampshire Department of Education standards for school psychologist certification. This Ed.S. is a 42-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits. Click the View Curriculum icon above for a list prerequisites and required courses, and internships.

On-site and hybrid (a combination of classroom and online learning) courses add flexibility. Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Certification
In New Hampshire, school psychologists are certified by the Bureau of Credentialing, under the banner of the Department of Education. School psychology is considered an educational specialist certification. Certification does not allow for private practice.

Graduates may wish to apply for national certification. The Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) qualification is granted by the National School Psychology Certification Board.

Department of Counseling & School Psychology
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Counseling & School Psychology.

Careers

Ed.S. in School Psychology graduates can pursue leadership roles* as:

  • School psychologists
  • School psychologist administrators
  • School district student evaluators
  • School psychology college faculty/educators