The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Program in School Psychology is for candidates who wish to work as school psychologists with children from preschool through high school. The MA in school psychology prepares students to perform a variety of tasks including assessment for intervention, mental health counseling, behavior management and consultation with teachers and parents.
The school psychology degree program builds on the mission of the College of Educational Studies by seeking to prepare knowledgeable, skilled and reflective school psychologists who are effective change agents for individuals, families, communities and institutions.
The Ed.S school psychology program at Chapman is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). The curriculum is built on the NASP Domains of Training and Practice as well as eight “big ideas.” These include:
- Collaboration and Cultural Competence
- Oral Communications
- Written Communication
- Self-reflection and tolerance for complexity and ambiguity
- Commitment to service and advocacy
- Building solutions for children through an appreciation of their strengths and resources
- Understanding children both as individuals and as participants in systems