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M.A. & specialist certificate (S.C.) in education & school psychological services

Earn your M.A. and become certified to practice in schools

Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the M.A. and specialist certificate (S.C.) in education & school psychological services program in school psychology is designed for students who seek to become competent practitioners. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential to work with students in schools to help them succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

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

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. student | kwong027@umn.edu

Interests: Reading interventions for students of color

Post-grad plans: Become a school psychologist and researcher for students with learning disabilities.

School psychologists:
in-demand and well-compensated

Careers & coursework

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 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).

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. See the Program Handbook for a description of research expectations and thesis requirements.

M.A. & Specialist Certificate (S.C.) in Education and School Psychological Services (60 credits)

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 CoddingActing program coordinator
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 Sullivan 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