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As a school psychologist, you’ll create learning environments where students, families and school staff feel safe, welcome, and supported. School psychologists work with students to help them succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally by providing a range of services, including:
School psychologists are in-demand and well-compensated
- Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022*
- Mean salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000**
- Mean salary (university faculty): $77,800**
- Student admissions, outcomes and other data
Specialist-level school psychologists work in public and private schools, preschools, and learning centers.
Doctoral-level school psychologists work in universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices.
Programs & degrees
Choose between two degree options:
M.A. & Specialist Certificate (S.C.) in Education and School Psychological Services (60 credits) – You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential to work with students in schools.
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (90 credits) – You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential, and the license to practice psychology. You can become a university faculty member, conduct research, work with students in schools, or work with children and youth in other settings as a licensed psychologist.
Coursework for both degrees includes a year-long internship.
Faculty & instructors
- Developing and evaluating assessments and data systems used in schools that:
- Identify students who are at risk to develop disabilities
- Design intervention programs to prevent or remediate skill deficits
- Monitor progress of students and effect of intervention programs
- Prevention and intervention of academic problems
- Data-based instructional decision making
- Evaluation of the circumstances surrounding responsiveness to various levels of academic support
- Implementation of evidence-based practices in schools
Reducing bias in assessment
At-risk groups in schools
- Authentic translation of research to practice
Identification and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools using quantitative methods
School mental health
- Health-based behavioral assessments and interventions
Education and health disparities affecting students with special needs
Special education policy and services
- Psychoeducational services for diverse learners
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission of Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
** National Association of School Psychologists