EdS in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Work within school systems to improve children’s lives


Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology Degree Overview


In our Educational Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential program, you’ll specialize in offering services and support that make struggling children’s lives better. School psychologists work closely with students and families to develop individualized programs to help them manage significant issues, such as mental disorders and elevated emotional issues. You’ll learn how to use data and science to assess complicated scenarios and drive behavioral change to help students thrive at home and in school.
This program also prepares you for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, allowing you to practice in California’s schools. You don’t need a psychology background to attain this degree, but you have an awareness of the struggles children face in our schoolrooms, and want to help students and families. An EdS in School Psychology with a PPS can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career that helps you improve the lives of students.

The program offers two tracks to prepare you to lead within school systems:

  • The Education Specialist in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential and Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis will increase your understanding, and further your development of skills in guiding behavioral change. If you’re currently an instructional aide in special education, you’ll find the Applied Behavior Analysis is aligned with your current work. You’ll be prepared to receive a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, meeting the requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) examination. Additionally, the program prepares you to gain the PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential, allowing you to practice in California’s schools. 
  • The Education Specialist in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential and Emphasis in School Based Mental Health prepares you to work at a high level, considering the bigger picture of the education and social emotional environment. The position is data-driven, working with students and family to develop plans to get them through ongoing challenges such as mental illness, suicide ideation, and long-term family issues. The program also prepares you to gain the PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential that allows you to practice in California’s schools.


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Beyond a Master’s Degree

The program provides an advanced education that surpasses that of an master’s degree, prepares you for your National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification, and provides coursework toward licensure, such as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome

As long as you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, in any subject, you will fulfill the admissions requirement and be in the position to turn that degree into an EdS degree. 


Online, On Your Time

Not only can you earn your degree online, you’ll learn how to work with actual students in the online K–12 schoolroom to gain the experience you need to succeed in the field.

“This is a profession in which you can really change the hearts and minds of many and really extend your impact … there are many opportunities to be able to completely transform systems and be able to provide the support in more than just direct ways that exponentially increases your impact in the lives of many students.”
Rodrigo Enciso
School Psychologist and CSOE Alumnus

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Student Learning Outcomes

Coursework for the EdS in School Psychology program ensures you are prepared in the following professional competencies:

  • Data-based decision-making and accountability with knowledge of varied models and methods of assessment useful in identifying strengths and needs, in understanding problems, and measuring progress and accomplishments.
  • Consultation and collaboration with knowledge of behavioral, mental health, collaborative, and/or other consultation models and methods.
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills through knowledge of human learning processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of cognitive and academic skills.
  • Socialization and development of life skills through knowledge of human developmental processes, techniques to assess these processes, and direct and indirect services applicable to the development of behavioral, affective, adaptive, and social skills.
  • Student diversity in development and learning with knowledge of individual differences, abilities, and disabilities and of the influence of biological, social, cultural, ethnic, experiential, socioeconomic, gender-related, and linguistic factors in development and learning.
  • School and systems organization, policy development, and climate with knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services.
  • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health with the knowledge of human development and psychopathology and biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior.
  • Home/school/community collaboration with knowledge of family systems, student development, learning, and behavior, and methods to involve families in education and service delivery.
  • Research and program evaluation with knowledge of research, statistics, and evaluation methods.
  • School counseling practice and development with the knowledge of the history and foundations of their profession; of service models and methods; of public policy development; and of ethical, professional, and legal standards.
  • Information technology skills, with the knowledge of information sources and technology relevant to their work. 

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Degree Campus Locations

The Education Specialist in School Psychology is only offered as an online program. Explore additional online master’s programs, doctoral programs, certificates and more below.


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