EdS in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Work within school systems to improve children’s lives

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Online EdS in School Psychology Degree Program Overview


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In our Educational Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology with Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential program, you'll specialize in offering services and support to help children surmount challenges. As a school psychologist, you'll work closely with students and families to develop individualized programs to help them manage troubling issues, such as mental disorders and elevated emotional issues. As a prospective student, 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 psychology program also prepares you for the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential, allowing you to practice in California's schools. You don't need an educational psychology background to attain this degree, but should you have an awareness of the challenges children face, and want to help them and their 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 in a classroom setting.

The online school psychology 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 with students in a classroom setting. 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. The online school psychology program also prepares you to gain the PPS (Pupil Personnel Services) credential, allowing you to practice in California's schools as a certified faculty member.
  • 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 psyd 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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Degree highlights

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Beyond a Master’s Degree

As a prospective student, the program prepares you for NASP certification, provides coursework toward LPCC licensure and meets requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) examination.

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All Bachelor’s Degrees Welcome

If 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 earn your EdS degree.

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Online, On Your Time

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

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“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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Degree information


Student Learning Outcomes

Don’t know what you’ll learn in our school psychology program? Alliant University will provide you with coursework that will lead to licensure and you need to work within a school system. Coursework for the EdS in School Psychology program ensures you are prepared in the following professional competencies:

  • 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. 
     

  • 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.
     

  • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health with the knowledge of human development and psychopathology and biological, cultural, and social influences on human behavior. 
     

  • 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. 
     

  • 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.
     

  • School and systems organization, policy development, and climate with knowledge of general education, special education, and other educational and related services. 
     

  • 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. 
     

  • Information technology skills, with the knowledge of information sources and technology relevant to their work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    Graduates with an EdS in School Psychology with an Emphasis in School-Based Mental Health should expect to find a career as a school psychologist at the elementary-, middle-, high-school level. Graduates may also choose to pursue specialized roles in K-12 settings as an Educationally Related Mental Health Services counselor or evaluator. They may also consider pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and work in the private sector. You’ll also be prepared to receive a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, meeting the requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) examination.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • When does the degree program start?

    The program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. Learn more with our eight-week term academic calendar.

  • How long does it take to complete the EdS in School Psychology degree program?

    The Education Specialist in Psychology degree with emphasis in school-based mental health (SBMH) is a 78-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 14 terms. The Education Specialist in Psychology degree with emphasis in Applied Behavioral Analysis is a 75-credit program and takes a minimum of three years to complete, over 14 terms.

  • What is the modality of this program?

    The EdS in School Psychology program is offered fully online. All classes and coursework can be completed virtually, on your own time, allowing you to tailor your education to your schedule.

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Degree Campus Locations


The Education Specialist in School Psychology is only offered as an online program. We make it easy for you to complete a school psychology degree program with a flexible schedule. Explore additional online master's programs, doctoral programs, certificates and more below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni. We create learning environments at our accredited institution to help students reach their full potential.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. Earn a master’s degree today!

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