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School psychological services
MA and specialist certificate

Become certified to practice school psychology

The MA and specialist certificate (SC) 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).

Note: We no longer require GRE test scores for application and admission to the program.

Watch a replay of a recent info session

Check out this video replay or these slides from our recent info session at the Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair on October 6, 2022.

Why study school psychology at the U?

  • Challenging, cutting edge preparation with a focus on justice and equity
  • 100% of our students are employed in the field upon graduation*
  • Innovative faculty and students who are state and national leaders
  • Faculty commitment to and expertise in diversity, educational equity, student mental health, and social justice
  • Over $10 million in research and graduate training grants
  • Compassionate, nimble in responding to COVID-19
  • Committed to advancing antiracism

*Percentages of students since 2012

  • 85-100% of students present and publish research each year*
  • Fieldwork in diverse, urban schools. Start your first semester as part of robust peer teams.
  • Accredited/approved by APA and NASP
  • More information on program goals and competencies
  • View the University of Minnesota's School Psychology Diversity Statement.
  • 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 upon 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 MA & 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


    Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.



    Still have questions? Review our frequently asked questions or program handbook.

    Rachel Knowles headshot
    An impressive amount of research has been produced out of the University of Minnesota school psychology program, and it has led to important conversations and positive outcomes.

    Rachel Knowles, MA '18
    School psychologist
    Read more about Rachel's experience.


    Lisa Aguilar headshot

    Lisa Aguilar Assistant professor

    • Indigenous youth, families, and communities
    • Decolonizing school psychology
    • Indigenizing educational spaces
    Faith Miller headshot

    Faith Miller Associate professor | Lab

    • Multi-tiered systems of support for social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties (SEBD)
    • Evidence-based assessment and intervention for SEBD
    • Data-based decision making
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    Kirsten Newell Assistant professor

    • Academic assessment of dual-language learners
    • Biliteracy assessment and intervention
    • Educators' use of data within multi-tiered systems of support
    Amanda L. Sullivan headshot

    Amanda L. Sullivan Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor, program coordinator| 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 and supervisors

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    Jessie KemberTeaching assistant professor, director of clinical training

    Sarah Wollersheim SherveyLecturer

    • Mental health and well-being of students and the people who care for them (parents, teachers)
    • Social emotional learning programs
    • Teacher well-being, PBIS, and behavior interventions in the schools