New degree title for School Psychology
On October 20, 2011, the Board of Regents granted the College of Education the authority to change the title of its existing Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in School Psychology to the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology, effective immediately. This change was awarded after Janine Jones and Jim Mazza submitted a proposal to the UW Graduate School Council and the Higher Education Coordinating Board to create this new degree within the University system. Based on the unanimous approval by the HEC Board, a recommendation was made to the UW Board of Regents to permit the degree change.
The Educational Specialist degree is a post-master's/pre-doctoral degree that requires a minimum of 90 quarter credits. At 124 credits, students completing the UW School Psychology program far exceed the requirements for the Ed.S. designation. The Ed.S. degree is awarded after three years of full-time study (which includes a one-year full time internship in schools).
This new degree is commensurate with their training and experience and allows graduates to obtain the appropriate level of employment and compensation upon degree completion. The UW program is now among the 67% of School Psychology programs in the country that offer the Educational Specialist degree. Congratulations to the program and the students in School Psychology!