School Psychology

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

The 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 fieldwork completed through a practicum and internship.  


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 Practicum and Internship Handbook.

See the Ed.S. 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