School Psychology

Students in the school psychology program training to be school psychologists or to work in health-service settings dive deeply into the theoretical foundations of the field while developing the skills they’ll need for the day-to-day work in their fields.

We take an immersion-based approach to education. Employing a research-based and critical approach, students explore the theoretical foundations, methods, and application of psychological principles as they apply to school psychology practice and related fields. They seek to develop and disseminate school psychology knowledge, skills, policies and practices for the benefit of children, family, schools, and society.

We train students to be scientist-practitioners, with a firm grounding in research and scientific practice. These include prevention and implementation science, ecological and contextual models of case conceptualization, focusing on the individual in the context of their environment, and problem solving with a firm grounding in data.

Our training is consistent with the professional, ethical, legal and quality assurance standards of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Specialty Definition of APA Division 16, and the professional training standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Degrees 

School psychology offers an Ed.S. (education specialist degree) and a Ph.D. Students pursuing the Ed.S. prepare to practice as school psychologists in public schools and related educational settings. We’ve designed the curriculum to ensure that our students acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding and competence in the psychological and educational foundations of school psychology, psychometrics, assessment, and research methods, school-based intervention strategies, and the practices, ethics, law, policy, and roles of school psychologists. Further, school psychology students become proficient in decision-making and accountability practices grounded in data, consultation and collaboration in the school setting, and providing service at the student and the school systems level. The Ed.S. degree is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Our doctoral graduates become school psychologists or, with postdoctoral training, pursue professional licensure in health-service psychology. The program’s practice and research paradigm is ecologically-oriented, prevention-focused, and evidence-based. Students critically appraise the history, foundations, methods and applications of psychological principles to the field of health-service psychology (broadly) and school psychology (specifically), and consume and contribute to research in school psychology. They are proficient in assessment and interventions methods and best practices for consultation and collaboration. Our objective is to foster psychologists who understand and respect individual differences and whose work is grounded in ethical approaches to practice. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).