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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).

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


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


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.

How to apply

Alumni profile

"The University of Minnesota boasts the longest and most prestigious history of training practitioners and researchers."

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Joo Ree Chu, MA '12 School psychologist

Read more about Joo Ree's experience.


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Theodore J. Christ | 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
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Clayton Cook John W. and Nancy E. Peyton Faculty Fellow in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing

  • 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 | Lab

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

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Elyse FarnsworthLecturer

  • 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
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Annie Hansen-BurkeField placement coordinator

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Jessie KemberLecturer

  • Sexual minority youth
  • Resilience
  • Diversity and inclusion
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Alisha Wackerle-HollmanSenior research associate| Lab

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