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EdS in School Psychology

The mission of the FIU School Psychology Program is to prepare school psychologists to deliver comprehensive school psychological services within an urban, multicultural setting for the purpose of promoting children’s educational and psychological development. The program aims to produce graduates who are sensitive to individual, cultural, and linguistic differences and who value and protect the interests and welfare of those they serve. Students are trained in various competencies including:

  • Assessment and Data-based Decision Making (e.g., behavioral, academic, social-emotional)
  • Prevention and Intervention (e.g., crisis intervention, counseling, behavioral intervention plans)
  • Consultation and Collaboration (e.g., home-school collaboration, behavioral consultation)

The program requires a minimum of 70 semester hours. Graduates receive training necessary to become both a certified School Psychologist in the state of Florida, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). For private practice licensure, graduates will need to complete additional post-graduate requirements associated with licensure. 

To learn more about the School Psychology Program, view the Program Handbook or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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  • Program Features
    • More than 80% of our graduate students come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
    • Majority of courses are offered during the evenings to accommodate working professionals
    • Students complete field practicum in the schools prior to completing a yearlong, 1200-hour internship
    • Multicultural experiences working with children, families, and staff in urban school settings
    • Full-time students have been competitive in receiving graduate assistantships and scholarships
    • 100% passing rate on the FL Subject Area Exam in School Psychology on the first attempt (2011-2018)
    • NASP-approved program, FL state-approved program, and FIU received full accreditation from CAEP (2018-2025)


    School Psychology students pose together by the water at the Florida Association of School Psychologists conference.
  • Program Accreditation

    The Educational Specialist (Ed.S) program is nationally recognized and fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Florida Department of Education.

What Do School Psychologists Do?

Program Contacts

Program Leader: Philip Lazarus, Ph.D., Associate Professor 

Core Faculty: Andy V. Pham, Ph.D., Associate Professor 

Core Faculty: Martha Pelaez, Ph.D., Professor

School Psychology students in graduation attire pose with Program Leader Philip Lazarus.

Career Outlook

  • Public or Private School Psychologist
  • University School Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Private Clinic or Community Center Psychology

According to US News & World Report, School Psychologist is ranked #2 best Social Services profession in 2018.