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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a school psychologist?

School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child’s academic and social-emotional and behavioral needs are met in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.


How long is the program?

The Ed.S. degree is a 60-hour, three-year, full time program that includes a yearlong internship.


Is the program NASP-Approved?

Yes, the UMSL School Psychology Ed.S. program has been fully accredited by NASP since 2009.


When are classes?

Classes are typically 3 nights a week in the evening, although this will depend on where you are in the program and how many classes you are taking at that time.


Can I work while taking classes?

Most students can maintain a part-time job while enrolled in the program, but the program requires a sizeable time commitment. During the first year, you will have less responsibilities so a part-time job is more feasible. During the second year however, students are expected to devote at least two full days per week to practicum experience and will need to complete 250 hours of practicum per semester.


What degree am I getting exactly?

At the end of the program, per completion of 60 credit hours, a 500 hour practicum experience, and a 1500 internship experience, you will earn a Specialist degree in Education (Ed.S.). Halfway through the program though, you can earn a Masters in Education (M.Ed.), after completing 30 hours of coursework.