»Ed.S. in School Psychology

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

+-Program at a glance

-Approved by NASP since 2005.  A graduate of a NASP-approved program is automatically eligible to become a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP), pending documentation of an internship consistent with NASP standards and attainment of a passing score on the national school psychology (PRAXIS II) examination.

-Cohort model with entry each fall semester.

-A 69 unit program that can be completed in 3 years of full time study or 4 years of part time study.

-Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and faculty on research, publications and presentations.

-600 hours of practica and 1,200 hours of internship for a total of 1,800 hours of fieldwork.

-Dual degree program plus credential.  Students can earn a MA in Educational Psychology after two years and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology after three years.  Students also earn the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology at the same time as the Ed.S. Degree.

-Option for an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling, which fulfills the educational requirements for the California license as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

-Option to apply for early admission to the Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Psychology.

*Ed.S. in School Psychology Recommended Course of Study (.pdf)

+-Admissions Requirements

  • Submit an online application (for Summer or Fall 2016)
  • A statement of intent, the prompt can be found within the application.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita that includes information on experiences working with children and/or families.
  • One set of official transcripts from all institutions the applicant has received (or will be receiving) a degree from. 
  • Official GRE Scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required. One recommendation must be from someone who has experience with the candidate in an academic setting and knowledge of the candidate’s academic potential. The second recommendation should be from someone who knows the candidate in a work setting, preferably one where the candidate works with children.
  • $60 application fee.

The application deadline for the Summer or Fall 2016 cohort is February 1, 2016

Supporting documents may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

Please contact the College of Educational Studies Admissions Specialist for more information:

Hilary Leath
Administrative Assistant

+-Degree Requirements

Candidates must complete all courses, the field work component, and the demonstration of mastery in order to complete the Ed.S. degree requirements. Please refer to the Chapman University Graduate Catalog for more information.

+-Program Director & Faculty

Program Coordinator

Dr. Kelly Kennedy joined the faculty of the College of Educational Studies in 2007. Dr. Kennedy's scholarly interests include: grade retention, program evaluation, best practices in alternative education settings, delinquency, recidivism of juvenile offenders, strength-based school psychology, culturally competent practice, LGBTQ students, and the international practice of school psychology. 


+-Student Organization

Chapman University Association of School Psychologists (CUASP)

Chapman University and the National Association of School Psychologists recognized the university’s first school psychology student association in 2008.

The Chapman University Association of School Psychologists (CUASP) unites the students in various stages of the program and serves as a medium for mentoring, peer support, and networking for practicum and internship sites. 

The mission of both NASP and CUASP is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based and effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence and promote optimal learning. This is accomplished through state-of-the art research and training, advocacy, ongoing program evaluation, and caring professional service.

+-International Projects

The graduate programs in Counseling and School Psychology have sponsored short-term travel courses in Guatemala, Cambodia and Vietnam. These study abroad programs afford students practical experience and allow them to provide more culturally competent services to families from these areas that are living and learning in California.

Learn More

+-Contact Us

Kelly Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Hilary Leath
Administrative Assistant

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