School Psychology

School Psychology

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School Psychology emphasizes collaboration, culturally-responsive practice, leadership development and data-based decision making. School psychologists work with teachers, school administrators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. They help evaluate student and classroom needs and develop systematic interventions when needed.

Fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), our program ensures graduates have strong skills in data-based decision making, school interventions, consultation, collaborative problem solving and culturally-responsive services. To learn more about school psychologists, click here

For additional information about being a graduate student at UW-River Falls, see the Graduate Studies homepage.

Alumni Testimonials


"The UW-River Falls program provided me the ability to work full-time while allowing me to fulfill a dream to work in education as a school Brookepsychologist. The comprehensive programming in the areas of a multidisciplinary approach to academic and mental health interventions, consultation and collaboration, cultural responsiveness, and assessment prepared me for the varying dynamics of the school psychology profession. Additionally, the support and encouragement offered by both the faculty and my cohort members were key in making me the professional I am today."

Employed by – Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)


Shaun"I decided to join the UW-RF School Psychology Program because, after meeting with the faculty and staff, it was evident that I would not simply be joining a "program." Rather, I left with the feeling that I would be joining a cohesive-team of faculty that would be committed to supporting me in succeeding throughout my graduate studies. As a result of my decision, I am now working as a licensed school psychologist with the skills and knowledge that are required to implement culturally competent practices, data-based decision making and an amalgam of other vital roles."

Employed by – South Washington County School District (MN)


Marcie Walker (correct)"The School Psychology program at UWRF taught me many skills required to fulfill my job duties as a school psychologist. I learned how to effectively evaluate student needs, collaborate with educators and parents, counsel students with various mental health issues and to enjoy this ever-changing, fast-paced, career."

Employed by - School District of Cadott Community Schools (WI)


 Dr. Sally Baas (correct)"The School Psychology Program at UWRF prepared me for the field of school psychology and helped me hone my leadership skills, guiding me to work cross-culturally, to create and direct the Hmong Culture and Language Program, and to serve in various state and national leadership roles including the Presidency of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)."

Employed by - Concordia University, St. Paul (MN), Professor 


Bobbi Schiller (correct) "As an alumna of the UWRF School Psychology Program, I am very happy with my choice for graduate school. The professors were supportive, knowledgeable, and responsive. There were multiple leadership and involvement opportunities locally, statewide, and nationally. I know the program's strong reputation was an advantage when applying for internships and post-graduation positions in both Wisconsin and Minnesota."

Employed by - Saint Paul Public Schools (MN)


Don Stovall"My experience discovering the UWRF School Psychology Program was similar to that of many. I made the short trip from St. Paul to River Falls to meet the faculty and discuss what a career in school psychology would offer. I was immediately impressed with the individualized attention I received, and enthused by the faculty's dedication and excitement for the profession. The program has a rich history of mentorship, collaboration, research, and a fundamental goal to help improve the lives of others. My decision to join the UW-River Falls program led to a career in education and psychology that matched my professional goals of working directly with children, adolescents, caregivers, and other professionals."

Employed by - Program Alumnus & Retired Professor Emeritus, UW-RF School Psychology Program 



 "The UW-River Falls School Psychology program gave me the skills required to be an effective school psychologist. The focus on assessment, cultural sensitivity, collaboration and consultation, counseling techniques, multi-tiered systems of support, and school intervention strategies fully prepared me for the obstacles many children, families and educational professionals face. I continue to value the strong relationships I established with former colleagues and professors during my time at UWRF; these relationships have allowed me to grow personally as well as professionally.  I am forever grateful for the opportunities that have been offered to me as a result of the quality education provided through the UWRF School Psychology program."

Employed by – River Falls Public Schools (WI)

Program Highlights

  • Progressive curriculum includes new courses in school crisis prevention and intervention, public policy and advocacy, advanced school interventions, and pre-practicum opportunities. See complete course sequence here.  
  • Students attend classes in two convenient locations - the main campus in River Falls (30 minutes from St. Paul) and at the Hudson Center (20 minutes from St. Paul).
  • Evening-based courses provide flexibility, with classes typically beginning at 4 p.m. or later. Many students find the structure to be integral to their success, allowing time to maintain daytime employment and/or time for other obligations as needed.
  • Students receive varied and diverse field experiences in urban, suburban and rural schools. See the program's Values Statement Addressing Diversity.
  • Graduates experience numerous career opportunities while benefiting from a network of hundreds of alumni working in Western Wisconsin, in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, and beyond. One-hundred percent of UWRF program interns have secured school psychology positions since 2002.




News and Events

  • Department Open House events for prospective students are held periodically during the academic year. The next department Open House will be held in the summer or fall of 2020 (detailsTBD). Open House events are designed just for prospective graduate students in School Counseling or School Psychlogy. They are great opportunities to meet current graduate students in the department and talk to faculty members, all in a small group or one-on-one atmosphere. Prospective students may also request individualized visits at any time by contacting the Program Director. Parking for Open Houses or any campus visit is available in Pay Lot 2 (adjacent to Lot F) or Pay Lot 1 (adjacent to Lot Q). See the campus map to find parking options and the Walker Wyman Education Building. Contact the program director, Dr. Scott Woitaszewski, for additional details.


  • The 2020-2021 School Psychology Program Policies and Procedures Handbook (i.e., "The Student Handbook") has been updated and is now available HERE. The handbook covers everything from applying to the program to getting a license after graduation (and nearly everything in between!). 


Contact Us

School Psychology
227 Wyman Education Building