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School Psychology

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

 The program is designed for individuals who plan careers in school psychology. To fully meet the Virginia certification requirements for school psychologists, students must complete a seventy-hour preparation program that results in an educational specialist degree. Preference for admission will be given to applicants who intend to pursue full-graduate study.

Three major emphases:
  1. Training in basic concepts of theoretical psychology and philosophical foundations of education;
  2. Clinical training in consultation, assessment, and intervention;
  3. Effective application of skills in school settings.

School psychology is an evolving field, and the demand for school psychologists is increasing. In addition to assessment, school psychologists today counsel, consult with teachers and parents, provide in-service training to teachers and other school personnel, and conduct research. 

The program is a three year program.  The  first phase of the graduate program results in an MEd. Students then continue in the program to complete the Ed.S. credential that prepares students for certification as school psychologists. 


The formal year-long practicum is required in the specialist degree program and enables students to gain practical experience in the role of the school psychologist while under supervision of both professionals in the workplace and William & Mary faculty. The internship at the end of formal training can be completed either full-time in a school setting or half-time in the school setting and half-time in a non-school setting. All internships that are completed in Virginia are paid positions.  More information about the school psychology internship experience can be found in the School Psychology Student Handbook.

See the School Psychology Program of Studies for more details.

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.

School Psychology Program Contact

[[lparris,Leandra Parris]]
Assistant Professor of School Psychology
(757) 221-2341