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School psychology PhD

Become a leader in helping schools and communities succeed

Accredited by APA and approved by NASP/NCATE, the doctoral program in school psychology prepares you to become a leader in the field of school psychology. You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential, and the license to practice psychology. You can become a university faculty member, conduct research, work with students, staff, and families in schools, or work with children and youth in other settings as a licensed psychologist.

#10 in U.S. among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2019

Careers

Doctoral-level school psychologists work in universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices. The program emphasizes preparation of future faculty, so all students are trained not only as researchers, but in higher education teaching, supervision, and mentoring.

School psychologists: in-demand and well-compensated

  • 100% of our students are fully funded and employed after graduation*
  • Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022**
  • Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000***
  • Mean 9-month salary (university faculty): $77,800**
  • 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 PhD students generally complete four years of coursework and dissertation, followed by a year-long internship. All students prepare to become scientist-practitioners through coursework in research methods and statistics, and the completion of a supervised research project.

More information on program goals and competencies

Tuition

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

Funding

FAQ

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

How to apply

Alumni profile

"You will garner a cutting-edge skill set for school psychology practice and/or research. The program’s training on problem solving and a broad understanding of the context of learning difficulties—delivered by faculty who are leaders in the field—will help you advance the field of school psychology to improve student and system outcomes."

David Parker headshot.

David Parker, PhD '12 Vice president for research and development, ServeMinnesota

Read more about David's experience.

Faculty

Theodore J. Christ headshot

Theodore J. Christ tchrist@umn.edu | Lab

  • 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
Clayton Cook headshot

Clayton Cook John W. and Nancy E. Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing
crcook@umn.edu
Currently not accepting advisees

  • School mental health
  • Multi-tiered systems of support/response to intervention
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Whole child assessment and intervention
Faith Miller headshot

Faith Miller fgmiller@umn.edu | Lab

  • School-based social, emotional, and behavioral assessment and intervention
  • Data-based decision-making
  • School mental health
Amanda Sullivan headshot

Amanda Sullivan Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor, program 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 and affliliates

Elyse Farnsworth headshot

Elyse FarnsworthLecturer
chri0802@umn.edu

  • Implementation of state and federal policy to facilitate early intervention and prevention for at-risk children, youth, and families
  • Evaluation of the effects and outcomes associated with participation services received under federal law
  • Promotion of effective collaborations across systems that serve children and youth
Annie Hansen-Burke headshot

Annie Hansen-BurkeField placement coordinator
hans1498@umn.edu

Jessie Kember headshot

Jessie KemberLecturer
kembe007@umn.edu

  • Sexual minority youth
  • Resilience
  • Diversity and inclusion
Alisha Wackerle-Hollman headshot

Alisha Wackerle-HollmanSenior research associate
wacke020@umn.edu| Lab

  • Assessment
  • Early literacy and language
  • Parent engagement and intervention
  • Community based participatory research