The program in the School of Education that leads to an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) is designed for holders of master's degrees who wish to prepare themselves for responsible positions in school psychology.
The Ed.S. program requires a minimum of sixty hours beyond the bachelor's degree; however, as many as forty-five hours may be transferred from a master's degree program and other planned graduate study, as long as all program requirements are met. Prior course work can be considered for transfer credit only if it was completed within four years of the date of admission to the student's current graduate program. The total program must be completed within four years after admission.
The Ed.S. Program in School Psychology is the second phase of the graduate program that prepares students for certification as school psychologists. For students who have completed the M.Ed. Program in School Psychology, the Ed.S. Program involves an additional thirty-nine hours of coursework, including a full-time year-long internship for twelve semester hours. For more information regarding the school psychology internship, see the School Psychology Practicum-Internship Handbook.
The Ed.S. School Psychology Program at the College of William and Mary is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Applicants to the Ed.S. Program in School Psychology are admitted only one time per year. Preference for admission will be given to applicants who intend to pursue full-time graduate study.
First Aid , CPR and AED Training Licensure Requirement
Students seeking licensure in Virginia will need to complete training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators. Students will need to provide documentation of completion of this training, which is usually an official card. Training courses are offered by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
The culminating experience in the Ed.S. Program in School Psychology is the full-time internship, which must cover one full school year and be completed at an accredited school. Before enrolling in EDUC 659-- Internship in School Psychology, students must complete all coursework in their programs, including removal of incomplete (I) grades. Supervisor of the internship and evaluation of performance is conducted cooperatively between the program's faculty members and the appropriate school personnel. Traditionally, students receive a stipend during the internship year.
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