UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

school psychology 

School Psychology

School Psychology Degree Options

Master of Science in Education

Educational Specialist

Who Should Enroll

This program is for individuals who want to become outstanding licensed school psychologists providing the following services in schools or mental health settings:

  • Academic, behavioral, and mental health interventions
  • Consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and other professionals
  • Assessment of individual student and school- wide challenges
  • Culturally competent school-based practices
  •  Research and Program evaluation

Key Features

Students are encouraged to engage in reflective practice utilizing a problem-solving approach from a child advocacy perspective, to engage in preventive as well as remedial practices, and to work with a broad cross-section of the student population, including students with special needs and general education students.

  • The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the National Association of School Psychologists
  • Graduates are eligible for certification in many states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for listing in the National School Psychology Certification System.
  • To accommodate a variety of students, including working adults, all courses are evening based (4:00 start time or later)
  • Three years of coursework and practicum field work are followed by a 1200 hour internship (commonly fully paid at the rate of a first year school psychologist)

Degree Requirements for Master of Science in Education

Required Courses, 35 credits:
SPSY 620 Introduction to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, 3 credits
SPSY 622 School Behavior Assessment & Intervention, 3 credits
SPSY 651 Diversity, Social and Cultural Issues, 3 credits
SPSY 701 Introduction to School Psychology, 3 credits
SPSY 745 Psychoeducational Assessment & Intervention I, 3 credits
SPSY 746 Psychoeducational Assessment & Intervention II, 3 credits
SPSY 747 Mental Health Classification, Assessment & Intervention, 3 credits
SPSY 795 Research & Program Evaluation, 2 credit
SPED 530 The Exceptional Child, 3 credits
COUN 612 Lifespan Human Development, 3 credits
COUN 732 Group Counseling, 3 credits
COUN 789 Special Topics: counseling Micro Skills, 2 credits

Additional Program Information

Completion of a certification portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Degree Requirements for Educational Specialist

Required Courses, 31 credits:

SPSY 722 School Crisis Prevention & Intervention, 1 credits
SPSY 732 Early childhood and ASD Assessment & Intervention, 2 credits
SPSY 740 Legal and Ethical Issues in School Psychology, 3 credits
SPSY 742 School-based Advocacy & Public Policy, 1 credits
SPSY 752 Advanced School Interventions, 2 credits
SPSY 769 Psychoeducational Consultation, 3 credits
SPSY 771 Practicum I, 4 credits
SPSY 772 Practicum II, 4 credits
SPSY 775 Internship in School Psychology I, 5 credits
SPSY 776 Internship in School Psychology II, 5 credits
SPSY 798
Independent Research, 1 credit

Candidates are eligible for full licensure upon completion of the 35-credit Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree and the 31-credit Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, for a total of 66 graduate credits.

Additional Program Information

Wisconsin and Minnesota require that applicants for teacher certification, including school psychology, submit fingerprints with the certification application. In addition, criminal background checks are required.

Completion of a certification portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Additional Admission Requirements

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Completed applications for graduate study must be received by January 15th each year. Communication of application decisions is usually completed by February 15th. Enrollment begins the following fall term.

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