School psychological services
M.A. & specialist certificate
Become certified to practice school psychology
The M.A. and specialist certificate (S.C.) in education & school psychological services program is designed for future practicing school psychologists. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential to work with students, teachers, families, and other school staff to help help all students succeed—academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.
Our program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
As a specialist-level school psychologist, you’ll 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).
in-demand and well-compensated
- 100% of our students are fully-funded and employed graduation*
- Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022**
- Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000***
- Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data
*Percentages of students since 2012
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
***National Association of School Psychologists
School psychology M.A. & Specialist Certificate (S.C) in Education & School Psychological Services students complete two years of coursework followed by a year-long internship. All students are prepared to be scientist-practitioners through courses and fieldwork emphasizing research-based practices, coursework in research methods and statistics, and completion of a supervised research project.
- See the program handbook for a full description of research expectations and thesis requirements.
- Download the program sequence for more information on required coursework, fieldwork, exams and research activities by quarter.
- Visit the M.A. & S.C. course catalog for full course listings and descriptions.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
"I was looking for a program that would be internationally relevant and found that here."
Elena KwongM.A. alumni
Interests: Reading interventions for students of color
Career: School psychologist and researcher for students with learning disabilities.
Not currently accepting advisees
- 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