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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).

Learn about fellowships available to M.A./specialist students.

Careers

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).

School psychologists:
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

Coursework

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.

More information on program goals and competencies

How to apply

"I was looking for a program that would be internationally relevant and found that here."

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Elena KwongM.A. alumni

Interests: Reading interventions for students of color

Career: School psychologist and researcher for students with learning disabilities.

Faculty

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Theodore J. Christ tchrist@umn.edu | Lab

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
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Robin Codding rcodding@umn.edu| Lab

  • 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
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Clayton Cook crcook@umn.edu

  • School mental health
  • Multi-tiered systems of support/response to intervention
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Whole child assessment and intervention
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Faith Miller fgmiller@umn.edu | Lab

  • School-based social, emotional, and behavioral assessment and intervention
  • Data-based decision-making
  • School mental health
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Amanda SullivanProgram coordinator
asulliva@umn.edu| Lab

  • Education and health disparities affecting individuals with and at-risk for special needs
  • Characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with disabilities
  • School psychological and special education services for diverse learners

Instructors

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Annie Hansen-BurkeField placement coordinator
hans1498@umn.edu