School psychologists create learning environments where students, families and school staff feel safe, welcome, and supported. Our program approaches school psychology from a scientific perspective and will prepare you to become a change agent and critical thinker.
As a school psychology student, you'll learn the foundations of psychology, its research methods, use of statistics, and application. Your training in research-based prevention, intervention, consultation, and assessment will prepare you to work with teachers, parents, and other school staff to determine the level of support needed to help all students succeed.
You'll also contribute to the advancement of school psychology practices and policies by conducting research that addresses current issues in the field.
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#9 in U.S. among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2018
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Specialist-level school psychologists: work in public and private schools, preschools, and state departments of education. Recently, our students have found internship placements with Minneapolis Public Schools, Mahtomedi Public Schools, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District, North Suburban Special Education District (IL), and Summit School District (CO).
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. The program emphasizes preparation of future faculty, so all students are trained not only as researchers, but in higher education teaching, supervision, and mentoring.
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Coursework for both degrees includes a year-long internship. Choose between two degree options:
You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential to work with students in schools.
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.
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The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.
How to apply
"Going to college wasn’t necessarily valued and wasn’t something my parents made me consider, but here I am now as the first person in my extended family to have a PhD."
Hire our faculty-led School Psychology Embedded Team to help meet the growing demand for school psychological services. Visit our School Psychology Embedded Teams site.
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
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