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Explore the education specialist degree in school psychology graduate program at UW-Eau Claire

Earn your education specialist degree in school psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, our well-respected graduate program will prepare you to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Through rigorous coursework and real-world training, you'll become a problem solver, critical thinker and effective collaborator, working to help children and youth thrive behaviorally, emotionally and academically. Courses are taught by expert faculty and licensed school psychologists, as well as those who have backgrounds in clinical psychology, counseling psychology and applied behavior analysis.

To support your professional development and cultural competence, our all-encompassing degree provides a sequence of field experiences. During the program, you'll gain real-world, professional experience by participating in a multicultural practicum, providing school psychological services in culturally diverse settings such as the Lac Du Flambeau Indian Reservation or the Milwaukee Public School District. School-based practica will give you invaluable experience with placements in both rural and urban school settings. And while working as a graduate clinician in the Human Development Center, you'll gain critical interprofessional collaboration skills.

With our comprehensive curriculum and expansive opportunities for experiential learning, you can make important contributions to help change the lives of students, families, communities and beyond. Are you ready to take the next step in your career? 

School psychology graduate, Courtney Stearns.

Finding the right fit in school psychology

Courtney Stearns’ path to discovering the field of school psychology wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worth it. 

Courtney started as an undergrad at UWEC, exploring careers in both pre-pharmacy and nursing. But neither program felt like the right fit. It wasn’t until a few introductory psychology classes that Courtney felt like she had finally found her place.

“I came across the field of school psychology and looked into it further by job shadowing. I felt as though I finally had found a career that checked all the boxes,” she said. “I chose to continue my education at UWEC due the quality education I received here as an undergrad.” 

And the experience has not disappointed. 

“The professors as well as my cohort of nine students care about each other and truly want each other to succeed,” she said. “Grad school is challenging at times, but I know I have friends and professors who will support my development personally and professionally.”


Why complete my education specialist degree in school psychology at UW-Eau Claire?

Professional experience. Gain valuable clinical training in our Human Development Center, where six different disciplines come together to provide services for children and families. As a first-year student, you’ll practice assessment and intervention skills with actual clients. The following year, you’ll take on a leadership role as well as increase your experience in interdisciplinary practice, gaining skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Supportive faculty and individualized learning. Courses are taught by passionate, enthusiastic professors who know and love their fields. Their varied backgrounds provide incredible insights into the world of psychology and education. Small class sizes help you form relationships and gain an even more personalized education.


1,200 hours of experience

before graduating

100% employed

or continuing education after graduation

2020-2021 Graduate Report

First-hand experience sets Blugolds apart

The two primary missions of the Human Development Center at UW-Eau Claire are to provide education and clinical training to graduate and undergraduate students on campus while also providing clinical services to those in the Eau Claire community. Blugolds in the school psychology program have experienced the first-hand field experience they need to excel in their field straight out of graduation.

“It always impresses me how knowledgeable all the different team members are and what they bring to the table,” says Ellie O’Flanagan, graduate student in the school psychology program. “It’s just really valuable things that I can add to my repertoire, too.”

These students work on real cases — not simulations or case studies. Partnerships and collaboration between the hard-working faculty supervisors and students are valued as a one-of-a-kind experience at UW-Eau Claire.

Quick facts

  • Program length: three years (two years on campus, one-year internship)
  • Job placement: 100%
  • Cohort size: 10-12 students
  • Students will earn a Specialist in Education (EdS) degree.

Accreditation information

The school psychology educational specialist degree is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Licensure information

The United States Department of Education requires institutions to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification.  

The requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The requirements of this program do not meet licensure in the following states: N/A

It has not been determined whether the requirements of this program meet licensure in the following states: Alaska, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia

What can I do with an education specialist degree in school psychology degree from UWEC?

Our graduates go on to make a positive impact across the globe — from Montana to the U.K. By earning your master of science in education and education specialist degrees, you are eligible for licensure or certification as a school psychologist in most states. You are also eligible for National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP). Some graduates choose to take their education a step further by pursuing their doctorate or seeking additional certification as directors of special education or pupils services.

Where are education specialist alumni now?

A rewarding, real-world experience

Unique to the UW-Eau Claire campus, the Human Development Center (HDC) gives you the opportunity to work with real clients in a clinical setting. Working as a graduate clinician in the Interprofessional Assessment Clinic, you'll enhance your problem-solving and parent consultation skills. By collaborating with clinicians from several programs — including communication sciences and disorders, special education, social work and nursing — you'll gain important skills in interdisciplinary practice, preparing you well for your first job. 

Also part of the HDC, the Academic Intervention Clinic equips you with even more leadership skills and professional experiences, like working as an intervention coordinator or interventionist at a local public school. Graduates leave with invaluable intervention skills, including the ability to make data-informed decisions, which are critical in educational settings.

Education specialist degree in school psychology curriculum

Our program provides the extensive education needed to help children and youth succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Curriculum is structured so you can gain knowledge of applied research, educational foundations and methods, and the delivery of school psychological services. Your capstone works as an internship — typically salaried — during which you'll work full time in a supervised, professional role, accumulating more than 1,200 hours of experience prior to graduation. 

What classes do education specialist degree in school psychology students take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the education specialist degree in school psychology in the UWEC course catalog.

Application information

To enroll in our school psychology program, please submit an application and pay the application fees. Applications are due January 15, 2021. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a personal statement. The personal statement should describe your experiences in working with children and individuals from diverse backgrounds, interest in school psychology as a career, professional goals and personal strengths. On campus interviews typically take place in February. You will also need to include: 

Admission requirements

Applicants to the graduate program are encouraged to complete undergraduate coursework in Statistics, Learning Principles and/or Behavior Modification, Developmental Psychology, Foundations of Measurement and Research Methods.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Beth Tusing

Department information

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