2018-2019 Catalog

Publication date June 2018

Master of Science in Education in School Psychology

The emphasis of the School Psychology Program is to prepare school psychologists who are effective teacher, parent, and school consultants. Along with consultation, graduate students are trained to provide effective interventions. The program also emphasizes a pupil services model which addresses the educational and mental health needs of all children, from early childhood through high school. The school psychology knowledge base includes areas of professional school psychology, educational psychology, psychological foundations, educational foundations, and mental health. To provide psychological services in educational settings, graduates of the School Psychology Program must also have considerable knowledge of curriculum, special education, and pupil services.

The Master of Science in Education in school psychology is awarded after the first year of study. To practice as a licensed school psychologist, students must go on to complete the Educational Specialist degree in school psychology. UWL offers both degrees through the School Psychology Program.

Complete the following requirements for a Master of Science in Education degree in school psychology:

  1. Complete 31 graduate credits.
  2. A minimum of 15 of the 31 credits need to be completed at the 700 level.
  3. Complete the following courses:
    EFN 705Human Relations in School and Society3
    PSY 759Assessment of Personality and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders3
    SPE 501Introduction to Exceptional Individuals3
    SPY 700School Psychology: Role and Function3
    SPY 757Psychoeducational Assessment I3
    SPY 775Behavioral Assessment and Management3
    SPY 751Core Instruction and Classroom Management Practices3
    SPY 761Orientation to Supervised Practicum in School Psychology1
    SPY 752Academic and Behavioral Interventions3
    SPY 762Supervised Practicum in School Psychology I3
    SPY 776Psychological Consultation and Collaboration3
    Total Credits31

Students earn a 31-credit Master of Science in Education before completing the remaining Education Specialist degree requirements.

Graduate degree requirements

After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:

  1. Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
  2. Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 credits for a master's degree; 54 credits for a doctorate or post-master's degree. Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (700, 800, 900, and non-slash 600 level courses).
  4. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
  5. Satisfy dissertation, thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects and internships, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A dissertation or thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the dissertation/thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/dissertation/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
  7. Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
  8. Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
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