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School Psychology Ed.S.

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 69
Entry Term: Fall, Spring

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The School Psychology Program, offered on Georgia Southern’s Statesboro Campus, provides training to serve children and adolescents with learning, behavioral, or emotional problems in educational settings.

After successful completion of 36 credits of coursework and passing a written comprehensive examination, students may be awarded an interim M.Ed. degree and continue on in the program to complete the remaining requirements of the Ed.S. degree. The 36 credits required for the interim M.Ed. include the following: Specific Requirement courses (24 credits),  Educational Research (EDUR 7130) (3 credits); Individual Intellectual Assessment (ESPY 8131) (3 credits); Addressing Diversity in School-based Conceptualization (ESPY 8132) (3 credits); and Practicum in School Psychology (ESPY 8737) (3 credits).

Professional entry-level in the field of School Psychology requires Level Six (S-6) Certification, which is acquired after successfully completing the prescribed Ed.S. Program of Study and a passing score on the GACE examination in School Psychology.

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What Can I Do With a School Psychology Ed.S. Degree?

A School Psychologist is trained to provide…

  • Assessment
    • Level of cognitive and academic skills
    • Personality and emotional development
    • Eligibility for special education support and/or related services
  • Intervention
    • Psychological counseling for students and families
    • Social skills training, behavior management, problem solving
    • Development and implementation of crisis response procedures
  • Consultation
    • Alternatives for teachers, parents, and administrators about
      problems in learning and behavior
    • Understanding of child development and how it affects learning
      and behavior
    • Stronger relationships between educators, parents, and community
  • Research
    • Evaluations on the effectiveness of academic programs
      and behavior management systems
    • New knowledge about learning and behavior
    • Contributions to planning and evaluating school-wide reform
  • Prevention
    • Classroom procedures that foster tolerance, understanding, and
      appreciation of diversity
    • Instructional techniques for “at-risk” children
    • Teaching and management strategies that prevent behavioral and
      learning difficulties

Where do our School Psychologists work?

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Psychoeducational Centers
  • Regional Educational Service Agencies
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Mental Retardation Programs
  • Georgia Regional Hospitals
  • Department of Defense Schools
  • Hospital Clinics
  • Higher Education Clinics
  • Private Clinics


The Georgia Southern University Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for graduate students. Please review the links below for admission requirements and deadlines.



Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development
Terry Diamanduros, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 8131
Statesboro, GA 30460

Current Student Resources

Course Sequence

Handbooks and Forms

Important Links for School Psychologists

Spotlight Story

School Psych students

“Cultural competence is a necessary component when communicating needs and wants in an educational setting,” said Patterson. “As a graduate student in the school psychology program, I want to remain competent and empathetic to the unique individual needs of students.”

Ravon Patterson

Georgia Southern school psychology students work with special needs children in Ecuador, experience is life-changing. Read the full spotlight story for the Ed.S. School Psychology Program.

Professional License/Certification Disclosure

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development anticipates that graduates of the Ed.S. School Psychology will be eligible to seek professional certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a certified School Psychologist.

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development has determined the required classes and educational activities of these academic programs will qualify a graduate of this program to take the GACE exam for School Psychology in Georgia. The department has not determined whether these programs satisfy the requirements of all states and territories for certification in School Psychology.

Professional Certification Disclosure

The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Ed.S. School Psychology program will seek state licenses or certifications.

The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.

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For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

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Last updated: 3/29/2024