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Department of Educational Psychology

School Psychology, Educational Specialist

We designed this degree and state certification program to prepare you as a school psychologist. We emphasize developing skills in the assessment of learning and behavior problems as well as those needed to serve as an effective consultant with school personnel.

This EDS and state certification program is appropriate if you want to be certified by the Arizona Department of Education as a school psychologist. The program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


What Can I Do with an Educational Specialist in School Psychology?

From preschool through high school, psychologists are in demand. In this program you'll master how to assess learning and behavior problems and understand proper approaches to prevention and intervention in the educational system. You'll know how to use scientific knowledge to guide practice to be an effective consultant in school and you'll take on training opportunities in the classroom, field, and internships to get there.

In addition to developing the skills needed to serve as an effective consultant with school personnel, you will learn in a diverse, rigorous, and collaborative atmosphere

Note: A minimum of three years of full-time academic study beyond the baccalaureate degree is required. This includes a one academic year internship consisting of a minimum of 1,200 clock hours, at least 600 hours of which must be in a school setting.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • School psychologist

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 48
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • GRE® revised General Test
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Responses to specific essay questions
    • IVP Fingerprint clearance card
Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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