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CWU Offering Summer Degree Program in School Psychology

Central Washington University’s department of psychology is offering a summer option for those seeking an Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in school psychology. The program consists of summer courses at the Ellensburg campus and distance education during the academic year.

The new program is aimed at individuals seeking certification to practice as a school psychologist in the public schools. Applicants need to have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of successful professional experience in a k-12 educational setting. In addition, individuals with a previously earned master’s degree in another field may also be eligible for the program.

“The EdS in school psychology leads to eligibility for certification as a school psychologist in the state of Washington,” said Heath Marrs, an associate professor of psychology and director of the program. “The program is a combination of online and classroom learning so it’s ideal for a working professional in the educational field who seeks to become a certified school psychologist.”

Marrs noted that CWU’s school psychology degree was the first such program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists in the state of Washington. Students who complete the program and attain a minimum score on the National School Psychologist examination are eligible to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

For more information about the new summer option, contact Heath Marrs at For more information about the school psychology graduate program at CWU please see