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Educational Specialist in School Psychology

Educational Specialist in School Psychology

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The Educational Specialist in School Psychology program at UW–Madison prepares you to earn your license and help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is a three-year graduate program focused on giving you the practical knowledge to become a leader in your school district. After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other state education agencies, which typically require a minimum of three years of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also be eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

There are significant shortages of educational psychologists across the United States. Career opportunities are growing at a rate of 20 percent through 2024, which equates to about 30,500 new jobs. Take advantage of growing opportunities and fill the need for experienced, educated school psychologists with a degree from UW.

In the first two years of our program, you will be in the classroom full-time, completing coursework within the School of Education along with corresponding practica. Then, in the third and final year of the program, you will complete a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting where you can apply your new classroom knowledge hands-on.

Our program focuses on two tenants:

  1. improving knowledge of various processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations, and
  2. enhancing learning and mental health in educational and community contexts.

You will learn cutting-edge education theory and methodology; the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning; and how to effectively implement educational interventions and prevention/intervention programs in all types of communities.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is a three-year graduate program focused on giving you the practical knowledge to become a leader in your school district. After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other state education agencies, which typically require a minimum of three years of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also be eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

There are significant shortages of educational psychologists across the United States. Career opportunities are growing at a rate of 20 percent through 2024, which equates to about 30,500 new jobs. Take advantage of growing opportunities and fill the need for experienced, educated school psychologists with a degree from UW.

In the first two years of our program, you will be in the classroom full-time, completing coursework within the School of Education along with corresponding practica. Then, in the third and final year of the program, you will complete a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting where you can apply your new classroom knowledge hands-on.

Our program focuses on two tenants:

  1. improving knowledge of various processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations, and
  2. enhancing learning and mental health in educational and community contexts.

You will learn cutting-edge education theory and methodology; the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning; and how to effectively implement educational interventions and prevention/intervention programs in all types of communities.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE scores using code 1846.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

Because the last year of your study is a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting, you can apply your knowledge and make a difference in schools immediately.

After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The Department of Educational Psychology is ranked #3 among Departments of Educational Psychology according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate School rankings.

The UW–Madison School of Education is ranked #4 among schools of education in U.S. by U.S. News and World Report 2021.

How you'll learn

  • 24 months of full-time study on campus plus a 12-month full-time internship in a K-12 school setting.
  • Take lockstep graduate courses within the School of Education.
  • Gain hands-on, practical experience through a practicum at an education institution.
  • Complete a culminating portfolio project at the end of the program.

Sample curriculum

Fall, Year 1

  • Introduction to Professional School Psychology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis in Classrooms
  • Developmental Processes Across the Life Span
  • Assessment and Intervention for Academic Skill Problems
  • Beginning Practicum
  • Childhood and Adolescent Psychopathology in Schools

Spring, Year 1

  • Cognitive Assessment of Children in the Schools
  • Design and Analysis of Single-Case Research
  • Statistical Methods Applied to Education II
  • Beginning Practicum
  • Evidenced-based Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Summer, Year 1

  • Clinical Practicum in School Psychology

Fall, Year 2

  • Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessment
  • Field Practicum
  • Prevention Science

Spring, Year 2

  • School Safety and Crisis Response
  • Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Social Development
  • Field Practicum
  • Systems of Consultation in School Psychology

Fall and Spring, Year 3

  • Internship in School Psychology

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