Looking to help students succeed in the classroom socially, behaviorally and emotionally? Turn to the School Psychology Program.
We strive to train practitioners who will become leaders in the practice of school psychology and advocates for all children and families by effectively linking multi-method assessment to evidence-based interventions. This program prepares you to serve as a professional, ethical practitioner who:
- Understands social, political and policy contexts
- Applies best practices derived from research and theory
- Commits to continuous professional growth and critical examination of both practice and literature
Application deadline: December 15, 2022
For more than 15+ years, meeting a continual statewide need
Hours of Practicum Experience
Hands-on experience every semester
Accreditation reflecting quality of Iowa's leading school psychology program
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Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with an MAE/EdS in school psychology from the University of Northern Iowa College of Education.
Contact us directly at:
School Psychology Program
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0607
Phone: (319) 273-7649
“My UNI professors genuinely cared about me and gave me feedback. They were passionate about the field of school psychology. The practicum experiences prepared me for my future assignments working preschool through 12th grade in a variety of different districts.”
Courses and Careers
The School Psychology program is a full-time, three-year program that consists of two degrees which follow a scientist-practitioner model:
- Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
- Educational Specialist (EdS)
You earn the MAE in educational psychology: context and techniques after your first full year of coursework (minimum 32 credits) and the successful completion of an MAE paper. The EdS in school psychology requires an additional 36 semester hours, including a full-time internship and written and oral comprehensive exams.
In total, you'll complete a series of coursework, four practica and an internship with research options across the three-year program.
School psychologists are in great demand and often work in K-12 public schools. Other settings include:
- Private and charter schools
- Preschools and other early childhood settings
- Area education agencies
- School district administration offices
- Colleges and universities
- School-based health and mental health centers
- Community-based day treatment or residential clinics and hospitals
- Juvenile justice programs
Why School Psychology at UNI?
- Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Iowa Department of Education.
- 100 percent placement rate and students are actively recruited by Iowa’s area education agencies.
- Learn from faculty who are licensed school psychologists with experience as practitioners and remain active in the schools.
- Gain valuable experience in practicums every semester of the program in schools, except summer term.
- Opportunity to present at NASP’s annual conference with support from the university.
- Students who intern in Iowa are paid as first year school psychologists.
- Program meets requirements for licensure in most states.