Preschool Education Specialist for Fredericksburg City Public Schools

Preschool Education Specialist for Fredericksburg City Public Schools

The Preschool Education Specialist (PES) works with preschool children with special needs. The PES identifies children with developmental delays, works with these children and their parents at home or in a school-based setting, and serves as a liaison between the families and various professional agencies in the community.


Depending on the student’s background and the needs of the agency, the student may be involved in any of the following activities:

  • Working with developmentally delayed children in the classroom
  • Assessment of preschool children
  • Developing individualized educational programs (IEPs)
  • Developing and delivering intervention plans
  • Home visits
  • Committee meetings
  • Record-keeping and research
  • Working in the Head Start program


  1. Must meet all UMW and Department of Psychological Science internship requirements.
  2. Required courses:
    • PSYC 331 – Developmental Psychology: The Infant and Child
    • PSYC 453 – Fundamentals of Learning and Motivation
  3. Recommended course:
    • PSYC 320 – Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth


  • 42 hours of work per credit hour (most interns do 3 credits with 126 hours of work)  
  • Grade is based on on-campus supervision, agency evaluation, reflective journal, and a final paper

Agency Contact

Tristan Fidler

Fredericksburg City Public Schools Administrative Offices (540) 372-1130