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I am looking at school psychology programs and I was wondering how many Ed.s are fully funded. I have been able to find a few but wanted to ask here. Also what is the big difference between an MA and ED.s if i am trying to get into school psychology?

 

 

 

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Can't speak for funding, but a MA program typically has more core counseling class, an ED will have more a more education core. However, that's not a definite difference. Some programs have virtually no difference. Check the curriculum for each program you're looking at closely.

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I am looking at school psychology programs and I was wondering how many Ed.s are fully funded. I have been able to find a few but wanted to ask here. Also what is the big difference between an MA and ED.s if i am trying to get into school psychology?

 

For school psychology you can only practice as a school psychologist with an EdS (Educational Specialist) degree. To be certified and work in schools (or pretty much anywhere) you need an EdS degree. A Master's by itself is virtually worthless, it's something you gain in your 1st year of the 3 year EdS program.

 

In terms of funding, it is very, very hard to come by for EdS. You might try programs which have no corresponding PhD program because then any possible assistantships could go to EdS instead. The only funded program I've heard of is Emporia State in Kansas. Make sure whatever school you choose is NASP accredited.

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This is a great question. It's also really difficult for programs that have PhD and EdS programs because they will often talk about funding for "graduate students" but don't specify if they mean students in the EdS program or just the PhD program :( 

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For school psychology you can only practice as a school psychologist with an EdS (Educational Specialist) degree. To be certified and work in schools (or pretty much anywhere) you need an EdS degree. A Master's by itself is virtually worthless, it's something you gain in your 1st year of the 3 year EdS program.

 

To clarify, the name of this degree varies by state - some states have different names for what is essentially an EdS equivalent. For example, the CAGS programs in New England or the SSP programs in the South. Basically, you need a 60-credit program with a year-long internship =P

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To clarify, the name of this degree varies by state - some states have different names for what is essentially an EdS equivalent. For example, the CAGS programs in New England or the SSP programs in the South. Basically, you need a 60-credit program with a year-long internship =P

That's true, but OP specifically asked about EdS so I felt it was appropriate to use that language. :)

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That's true, but OP specifically asked about EdS so I felt it was appropriate to use that language. :)

 

Makes sense - wasn't trying to harp on you, haha! Just wanted to make sure OP knew that just because a program doesn't call itself an EdS doesn't mean that it isn't an equivalent. TBH, I've never heard of a CAGS or SSP getting funding, but that may also be a regional thing.

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Funding availability really varies in School Psych programs. I only applied to DC/Maryland school programs, but from what I've seen a lot of programs don't offer funding with the acceptance letter. And if you do receive funding it could be anything from a small scholarship to a full GAship. Like a lot of Masters programs in other fields, it is often expected you secure your own funding.

I received a full-tuition scholarship to the program I am going to, so my yearly cost is only about $500.

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Funding availability really varies in School Psych programs. I only applied to DC/Maryland school programs, but from what I've seen a lot of programs don't offer funding with the acceptance letter. And if you do receive funding it could be anything from a small scholarship to a full GAship. Like a lot of Masters programs in other fields, it is often expected you secure your own funding.

I received a full-tuition scholarship to the program I am going to, so my yearly cost is only about $500.

Where do you attend if you don't mind me asking?

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Where do you attend if you don't mind me asking?

I'll be attending Gallaudet U as a hearing student. Contrary to belief, some programs in the graduate school don't require ASL fluency just the willingness to learn ASL and Deaf culture. Funding is not advertised when you apply, but it is there.

I also received a half graduate assistantship to another program, that gave half-tuition and a stipend.

The variation could depend on region.

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I have a few friends in EdS programs in Ohio and Indiana. I know they received some sort of funding but it wasn't guaranteed for all of their cohort. They had to compete for it. It was the same situation with my program. I'm in a PsyD program and funding was not guaranteed. I was lucky enough to find some generous funding though! For me, it was important to ask current grad students about the amount of funding when I went on my interview since the program did not specify how many students they offered funding to.

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My recommendation is to apply to your in-state program (I think most states have a school psych Ed.S program) because then you would only be responsible for in-state tuition, which in most states is reasonable. Also like others said before, ask about funding during interviews - best people to ask are current students NOT faculty :)

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Lehigh also offers funding to many of it's Ed.S. students. As previous posters said it's not guaranteed and sometimes you have to seek out the opportunities yourself; they have a corresponding Ph.D. program so the doc students take priority but if there's any additional funds left it goes to the specialist students.

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