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Program Mission & Philosophy

The mission of the University of Northern Iowa School Psychology Program is to prepare reflective practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to enhance the educational and psychological well being of children and adolescents. The program focuses on data-based decision-making and strives to use data to drive both training and practice.

The UNI School Psychology Program believes that effectively linking multi-method assessment to evidence based interventions is crucial to successful practice. To this end, we prepare practitioners who make professional judgments that take into consideration ethical principles; social, political, and policy contexts; and best practices derived from research and theory. Valid and reliable professional judgments are made by school psychologists who are committed to a process of continuous professional growth, necessitating ongoing, critical examination of both practice and the current literature in the field. The program strives to train practitioners who will become leaders in the practice of school psychology and advocates for all children and families.

Interrelated didactic, seminar, and practicum training experiences are designed to facilitate students’ development of knowledge and critical thinking skills. Personal and professional development is further promoted through participation in a learning community of professors, other graduate students, and practitioners.