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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).

Info sessions

Watch a recent info session on the MA with specialist certificate and PhD.

Why study school psychology at the U?

  • Challenging, cutting edge training
  • 100% of our students are employed in their field within a year of graduation*
  • One of the strongest, most established programs in the nation
  • 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* Check out our recent presentations.
  • 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 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 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

    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

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

    Faculty

    Faith Miller headshot

    Faith Miller fgmiller@umn.edu | Lab

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

    Elyse Farnsworth headshot

    Elyse FarnsworthLecturer and field placement coordinator
    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
    Jessie Kember headshot

    Jessie KemberLecturer
    kembe007@umn.edu

    • Sexual minority youth
    • Resilience
    • Diversity and inclusion