School Psychology

Master of Arts in Education/Educational Specialist

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, 2023


Student in the classroom

First-Year Employment

For more than 15+ years, meeting a continual statewide need


Hours of Practicum

Working under the guidance of a working school psychologist

National Association of School Psychologists approved

NASP Approved 

The best school psychology program in Iowa with distinguished accreditation


Interested? Request information

Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with a graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa College of Education.

Dr. Skaar headshot

Nicki Skaar, Ph.D.

School Psychology Program Coordinator
(319) 273-7649

Cheryl Meller headshot

Cheryl Meller

COE Graduate Recruitment Coordinator
(319) 273-6255

Career Opportunities

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

Courses & Curriculum

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)
    • Foundations of Instruction
    • Individual Intellectual Assessment
    • Psychological Consultation in Schools
    • Learning & Behavioral Problems in Education
  • Educational Specialist (EdS)
    • Behavioral Interventions in School Settings
    • Special Education Law and Policy
    • Systems Level Consultation
    • Counseling Interventions in School

Details about the program, the model, and classes can be found in our catalog and our Handbook.

Next Steps

Grow Your Own school psychology grant program
Building mental health access

Grow Your Own

A new, primarily online "Grow Your Own" school psychology degree option offered in partnership with the Central Rivers, Northwest and Great Prairie AEAs gives you the opportunity to help address needs in rural Iowa school districts. 

Accepted students receive grant-funded reduced tuition and coverage for books, state and national association fees, national certification and initial Iowa licensing. The program is open to master's level practicing education professionals who, upon completion, can commit to three years serving one of the participating AEAs. New cohort begins June 24.