MS Educational Specialist Certificate

In Fall 2019, the department’s School Psychology program began enrolling students for a new Master of Science Educational Specialist Certificate (EdS) program.

For the EdS program, students will complete the program in 3 years (which includes 2 years of coursework and a 1-year internship), as opposed to the 5 years required in the PhD program.

Graduates of the EdS program will be prepared to work in schools and related educational settings as school psychologist practitioners and will be eligible for licensure as a school psychologist by the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction. Employment prospects for school psychologist practitioners are accelerating. Of all psychologist specializations, job prospects for school psychologists are among the best.

The EdS program emphasizes sophisticated training in cutting-edge evidence-based practices. Training prepares graduates to be leaders in school districts who design and implement innovative practices to maximize positive outcomes for children, youth, families, and schools.



Applications for Fall 2020 enrollment are due December 1, 2019.

To apply for the EdS program within the Department of Educational Psychology, applicants should check “EdS” on the supplemental application.

Prospective students will need to complete an online application and submit their undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE test scores and other items.

Please find all of the EdS application requirements as well as information about tuition and funding here.



There are two important policies applicable to students enrolled in the EdS program:

Graduate Assistantship Policy:

Students enrolled in this program are not permitted to accept 33.3% or greater teaching assistantships (TA), project assistantships (PA), research assistantships (RA), or other appointments that would result in tuition remission. Students can accept TA, PA, RA, and other appointments as long as the total appointment does not equal or exceed 33.3%. Stipends, scholarships, and hourly work are permissible. For more financial assistance information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website

Program/Course Enrollment Policy:

Students in this program cannot enroll in other graduate programs or take courses outside of the prescribed curriculum.


The EdS program has a tuition structure that is based on program credits. The following rates apply for the 2018-19 academic year, based on resident status. To estimate the full year tuition, multiply the cost per credit by the number of credits that year and add the corresponding fees as indicated below.

Tuition Resident/In State: $796.10 per credit + segregated fees

Tuition Minnesota Resident: $1,192.13 per credit + segregated fees

Tuition Nonresident/International/Out of State: $1,629.03 per credit + segregated fees

*Note that after 8 credits per semester no additional tuition or fees are applied (e.g., enroll in 12 credits you are charged for 8 credits maximum).


Initial residence determinations for tuition purposes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are made by the Office of the Registrar’s Residence Counselors, based on the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2) which governs residence status for tuition purposes. In general, you must be a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least 12 months prior to enrollment to be eligible for in-state tuition. More information on residency can be found on the UW-Madison Registrar’s page

To learn more about the field of school psychology and job opportunities, visit the website of the National Association of School Psychologists.

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