John Carroll University awarded the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) graduate degree in school psychology for the first time at the University’s May 19 Commencement. Recently approved by the Ohio Board of Regents, JCU’s Ed.S. in school psychology is a terminal degree representing significant advanced training beyond the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

JCU’s combined M.Ed./Ed.S. program in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The program consists of 78 semester hours and is typically completed in three years. After satisfactorily completing 30 semester hours and a comprehensive exam, students receive the M.Ed. degree and full admission to the Ed.S. program. Upon satisfactory completion of a 48-hour curriculum, the Ed.S. degree is awarded.

Individuals with specialist-level degrees, including the Ed.S., comprise the majority of currently employed school psychologists in U.S., according to the NASP. At both the state and national level, school psychology graduates enter a promising job market. U.S. News & World Report ranks school psychologist as the #1 career in social services and #14 overall in its “Best Jobs 2013” list. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts employment growth of nearly 22 percent in school psychology by 2020.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit JCU’s school psychology program website, and to contact program faculty Jeanne Jenkins, Ph.D., and Ryan Allen, Ph.D., for more information.  The program reviews applications three times per year with deadlines of July 1, October 15, and February 1.

Posted on May 17, 2013