Educational Specialist in School Psychology

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

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The Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Educational Specialist in School Psychology program at UW–Madison prepares you to earn your license and help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is a three-year graduate program focused on giving you the practical knowledge to become a leader in your school district. After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other state education agencies, which typically require a minimum of three years of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also be eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

There are significant shortages of educational psychologists across the United States. Career opportunities are growing at a rate of 20% through 2024, which equates to about 30,500 new jobs. Take advantage of growing opportunities and fill the need for experienced, educated school psychologists with a degree from UW.

In the first two years of our program, you will be in the classroom full-time, completing coursework within the School of Education along with corresponding practica. Then, in the third and final year of the program, you will complete a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting where you can apply your new classroom knowledge hands-on.

Our program focuses on two tenants: (1) improving knowledge of various processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations, and (2) enhancing learning and mental health in educational and community contexts. You will learn cutting-edge education theory and methodology; the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning; and how to effectively implement educational interventions and prevention/intervention programs in all types of communities.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is a three-year graduate program focused on giving you the practical knowledge to become a leader in your school district. After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other state education agencies, which typically require a minimum of three years of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also be eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

There are significant shortages of educational psychologists across the United States. Career opportunities are growing at a rate of 20% through 2024, which equates to about 30,500 new jobs. Take advantage of growing opportunities and fill the need for experienced, educated school psychologists with a degree from UW.

In the first two years of our program, you will be in the classroom full-time, completing coursework within the School of Education along with corresponding practica. Then, in the third and final year of the program, you will complete a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting where you can apply your new classroom knowledge hands-on.

Our program focuses on two tenants: (1) improving knowledge of various processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations, and (2) enhancing learning and mental health in educational and community contexts. You will learn cutting-edge education theory and methodology; the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning; and how to effectively implement educational interventions and prevention/intervention programs in all types of communities.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale of the last 60 semester hours (approx. 2 years of work) OR a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. International applicants must demonstrate strong academic achievement comparable to a 3.0 for an undergraduate or master’s degree.
  • Provide GRE test scores from within the previous 5 years. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.
  • Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 92, internet version). This requirement is waived for students who have studied for at least 2 semesters in the US or if English was the language of instruction for their undergraduate degree. For score reporting, use UW–Madison institution code 1846.

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Resume/CV.
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Reasons for graduate study/statement of purpose essay.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

The deadline to apply is December 1. In-person interviews are held the third week in January.

Program Highlights

  • Because the last year of your study is a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting, you can apply your classroom knowledge and make a difference in schools immediately.
  • UW–Madison is focused on enhancing learning and development in diverse populations. You learn in a social justice-focused program and emerge ready to effectively implement your knowledge in all types of communities.
  • After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

UW–Madison is ranked #3 in the U.S. News & World Report's list of the best education schools in the nation.

How You'll Learn

  • 24 months of full-time study on campus plus a 12-month full-time internship in a K-12 school setting.
  • Take lockstep graduate courses within the School of Education.
  • Gain hands-on, practical experience through a practicum at an education institution.
  • Complete a culminating portfolio project at the end of the program.

Sample Curriculum

Year 1

Fall

  • Intro to School Psychology
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Social, Emotional, Behavioral Assessment
  • Assessment & Intervention for Academic Skills Problems
  • Psychopathology
  • Beginning Practicum

Spring

  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Single Case Design
  • Consultation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Beginning Practicum

Year 2

Fall

  • Statistical Methods I
  • Introduction to Prevention Science
  • Field Practicum

Spring

  • Development of Ethnic and Racial Minority Children
  • Statistical Methods II
  • Advanced Assessment & Intervention
  • Field Practicum

Year 3

  • Internship

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