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 in schools, teachers, and families to help help all students succeed—academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.
Our program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
"I was looking for a program that would be internationally relevant and found that here."
Elena KwongM.A. student | firstname.lastname@example.org
Interests: Reading interventions for students of color
Post-grad plans: Become a school psychologist and researcher for students with learning disabilities.
in-demand and well-compensated
- Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022*
- Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000**
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Coursework & careers
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.
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 Ed.S. 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).
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
Robin CoddingActing program coordinator
- 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