College of Education

Educational Psychology

Ed.S. Educational Specialist

Program Purpose

The Educational Specialist degree is designed to prepare qualified and effective psychologists who will practice in schools or school-related settings. The program requires a minimum of 72 semester hours for the M.Ed. and 74 for the M.S. degree; this curriculum includes a 1,500-hour supervised internship. Upon completing the program, students meet Utah State Licensing Standards, as well as certification requirements for most other states.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand and apply foundational knowledge and clinical skill in identification and diagnostic study of individual students in a non-biased, reliable and valid manner across settings and diverse groups.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skill in evidence-based individual, group, and school level remediation strategies, interventions, and psychoeducational program planning across diverse settings and groups.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of consultation and supervision models and skills to effectively serve as consultants to teachers, parents and other educational personnel on matters related to the education and mental health of children and adolescents to insure the most appropriate educational program for them.
  • Students will be able to review, apply, conceptualize/design and carry out research that enhances the knowledge base and the professional practice of school psychology.
  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of state, federal and setting-specific laws and policies; ethical and practice standards of APA and NASP; and use appropriate decision making strategies in training and professional contexts.