The UW-La Crosse graduate program in School
Psychology offers an Education Specialist degree. The degree
requires two years of full-time study, one summer of study, a
one-year internship during the third year, completion of an
Education Specialist thesis, and the passing of either the
national school psychology test or UW-L comprehensive
examinations. Successful completion of all requirements for the
63-semester credit program leads to licensure as a School
The UW-La Crosse school psychology program is
part of the Psychology Department and the
The school psychology program prepares graduate students for licensure as school psychologists through academic course work, 700 hours of supervised school practica, and a one-year, 1,200 hour school internship. The school psychology knowledge base includes areas of professional school psychology, educational psychology, psychological foundations, educational foundations, and mental health.
The school psychology program adheres to state and national training standards for school psychology. Graduate students must develop professional competencies for each of the 11 DPI/NASP training standards: data-based decision making and accountability; consultation and collaboration; effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills; socialization and development of life skills; student diversity in development and learning; school and systems organization, policy development, and climate; prevention, crisis intervention and mental health; home/school/community collaboration; research and program evaluation; school psychology practice and development; and information technology. Over the course of their UW-L training, graduate students will maintain an evolving portfolio that documents professional growth and achieved competence in each of the 11 areas.
The emphasis of this program is to train school psychologists who are effective teacher, parent and school consultants by providing extensive hands-on experiences in a mentor relationship. The program also emphasizes a pupil services model that addresses the educational and mental health needs of all children, from early childhood through high school.
Graduate students are placed in local schools as early and as intensively as possible. During their second, third and fourth semesters, students spend two days per week working in local schools under the direct supervision of experienced school psychologists. During these school practica, students develop professional skills in assessment, consultation, intervention, counseling, case management, and in each of the NASP standards. Many of the core courses require projects that are completed in the schools during practica.
An information and application packet can be
obtained through the Web (www.uwlax.edu/graduate/psychology)
or by writing the school psychology program director, Psychology
REQUIREMENTS OF EDUCATION SPECIALIST
DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
A. Complete the following requirements for a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology:
1) Complete 30 graduate credits.
2) A minimum of 15 of the 30 credits need to be completed at the 700 level.
3) Complete the following courses: SPY 700, 752 and 757, PSY 759, 762 and 775.
B. Complete a minimum of 63 graduate credits (includes thesis and credits completed for the Master of Science in
Education degree), with at least two thirds of these at the 700 or 800 level.
C. Complete an Education Specialist thesis within seven years of beginning the program.
D. Obtain a passing score (set by the National Association of School Psychology for NCSP certification) on the National
School Psychology Examination or a passing score on the comprehensive examinations written by UW-L psychology and
school psychology faculty. The UW-L written comprehensive examinations cover the same areas assessed by the
National School Psychology Examination. The areas are: assessment; prevention and intervention; evaluation and
research; professional practice; applied psychological foundations; and applied educational foundations. UW-L
comprehensive examinations are offered during the spring semester of each year. Students must pass either the
National School Psychology Examination or the UW-L comprehensive exams before being allowed to begin an internship,
to obtain a school psychology position, or to apply for initial school psychology licensure.
E. Complete a professional portfolio that demonstrates achieved competence for each of the 11 NASP training standards.
A. Psychological Foundations
Complete at least once course in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need
not be repeated. At least six credits must be completed at the graduate level:
PSY 770 Educational Psychology: Learning &
PSY 435/535 Cognitive Processes 3
PSY 434/534 Introduction to Clinical
An undergraduate statistics course 3
EFN 735 Interpretation of Statistical Data 3
Childhood Behavior Disorders
PSY 717 Behavior Disorders in Children 3
PSY 725 Research and Program Evaluation
PSY 402/502 Personality Theories 3
PSY 451/551 Psychological Measurement 3
Or electives approved by the school psychology program director.
B. Educational Foundations
Complete one course in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need not be
repeated. At least six credits must be completed at the graduate level.
EFN 705 Human Relations in School and Community 3
Special Education Methods
SPE 401/501 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals 3
EFN 716 Teachers and the Law 3
SPE 715 Special Education and the Law 3
Electives approved by the school psychology program director 3
C. Core Professional Training
Complete each of the following courses. Several courses (indicated by *) have course fees of at least $25.00.
SPY 700 School Psychology: Role and Function 3
SPY 752 Academic and Behavioral Interventions 3
PSY 756 Early Childhood Assessment* 3
SPY 757 Psychoeducational Assessment* 3
PSY 759 Assessment of Personality and Emotional/
SPY 762 Supervised Practicum in School Psychology I* 3
SPY 763 Supervised Practicum in School Psychology II* 3
SPY 764 Supervised Practicum in School Psychology III* 3
PSY 772 Counseling and Therapy Methods 3
SPY 775 Behavioral Assessment and Management 3
PSY 776 Psychoeducational Consultation
SPY 797 Internship in School Psychology 6
SPY 800 Specialist Thesis Proposal 3
SPY 801 Specialist Thesis 3
Or electives approved by the
Licensure, Practicum, Internship,
and Thesis Requirements:
Initial Educator Licensure in
Students must complete three semesters of a supervised school psychology practicum. During practicum experiences students develop school psychology professional knowledge, skills, and behavior. Core professional skills, as well as professional behavior, are critical to effective school psychology functioning. Thus, only students who have successfully completed all prerequisite course work (no incompletes) are allowed to enroll for practica. In addition, appropriate professional behavior and personal effectiveness are required for continued enrollment in practica.
Students develop their thesis starting during their internships. Students are aided in developing thesis proposals in SPY 800 starting in the fall of their internship year. Once the proposal is accepted, students must register for at least 1 credit of SPY 801: Specialist Thesis each semester until their thesis is approved. A minimum of 3 thesis credits are required. A maximum of 10 credits can be earned but only 3 apply toward the degree. Internships must be in a school setting, total 1,200 hours, and be supervised by a certified school psychologist and a UW-L school psychology instructor. A site visit from the university supervisor is required each semester. All interns must pay all actual costs associated with each semester’s site visit, including travel, lodging, and meals.
For additional school psychology program policies, students should refer to the School Psychology Graduate Student Handbook available in the School Psychology office, 341 Graff Main Hall.