Ed.S. Program Description
The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program is designed for those students who wish to become school psychologist practitioners. Training is primarily oriented toward the acquisition of those skills necessary for effective functioning in the educational environment and includes skill development in the areas of direct intervention, assessment, consultation, and program evaluation.
The program aims to prepare professionals who will be able to apply psychological and educational principles to improve the psychosocial environments of children (ages birth-21) and their families. Attention is directed toward the development of skills in the assessment of the intellectual, emotional, and social development of children; planning and implementing direct academic and social/emotional interventions with a focus on evidence-based and culturally sensitive practice; and providing individual and systems consultation within schools and the larger community. Students who successfully complete either the Ed.S. degree are eligible for state licensure and national certification through the National Association of School Psychologists.
Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis option: Students may choose to complete the general Ed.S. program or an Ed.S. with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. The optional ABA emphasis integrates a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) approved course sequence. Those who complete this emphasis will fulfill the coursework requirements to take the examination for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).®
Because the program shares a location and resources with Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education and Supervision, students have the opportunity to work closely with students and faculty from these other disciplines. The University of Northern Colorado is the primary training institution for educators in Colorado, and thus houses numerous educational support facilities as well as faculty with a variety of skills.
In addition to the Ed.S. program offered in the Greeley campus, the Ed.S. degree is also offered on an alternative schedule at UNC’s Denver based campus in the Denver Lowry area.