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?
There are a number of scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and grants available to our graduate students. Learn more about which scholarships and resources are available to you by checking out our scholarship page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
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- Program length: three years (two years on campus, one year internship)
- Job placement: 100%
- Cohort size: 10-12 students
The school psychology educational specialist degree is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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
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.
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?
- School psychologist, Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin
- School psychologist, Polzin School District, Montana
- School psychologist, Heartland Area AEA, Iowa
- School psychologist, Green Bay Public Schools, Wisconsin
- Director of special education, Oostburg School District, Wisconsin
- School psychologist, Richfield Public Schools, Minnesota
- School psychologist, Somerset School District, England
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.
Classes may include:
- Multicultural Practicum in School Psychology
- Applications of Psychology in Educational Settings
- Practicum: Clinical Settings
- Evidence-based Intervention in School Psychology
- Practicum: School Psychology
- Introduction to Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
- Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
- Social Foundations: Human Relations
- Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities
Learn more about the education specialist degree in school psychology in the UWEC course catalog.
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:
- Three letters of reference, preferably from faculty. One employer may be substituted for a faculty member. Letters of recommendation should address experiences that demonstrate a readiness for graduate level academic work; communication skills (oral and written); maturity, independence and ability to work with others; ability to work with children and youth; and interest and motivation for pursuing a career in school psychology. Please email your references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Official transcripts from each institution where a degree was obtained (except UW-Eau Claire). Transcripts also are required from any institution where graduate coursework was completed that may be considered for transfer. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional for individuals applying in 2021.
- Total undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- The GRE will be optional for individuals applying in 2021. Scores will be considered if submitted.
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
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