Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend the UW-L School Psychology Program

  1. UW-L graduate students are placed in schools early in the program. Beginning their second semester, graduate students spend two days per week working in area schools under the supervision of experienced school psychologists who are very familiar with the UW-L program. By the end of two years, graduate students have accumulated more than 750 hours of practicum experience.

  2. The UW-L program promotes cooperation and collaboration among graduate students, rather than competition. Each school psychology class takes all of the core courses together. By the end of two years most graduate students have formed lasting friendships with their classmates.

  3. UW-L has a reputation for producing well-trained school psychologists. UW-L graduates are sought after and generally have no difficulty finding a position within weeks of completing the second year of the program.

  4. The UW-L program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists. Full program approval means graduates are eligible for certification as Nationally Certified School Psychologists upon passing the national exam.

  5. UW-L students are allowed to complete their required internship (third year of the program) during their first year of employment. This means a full income during internship.

  6. Our graduates have found school psychology to be a satisfying and fulfilling career. Over the last 5 years, 96% of UW-L alumni remain in the practice of school psychology.

  7. The UW-L School Psychology Program has an applied emphasis. Training focuses on the skills and best practices, which every school psychologist needs. The program especially emphasizes teacher, parent, and school consultation, with intensive training in assessment and intervention skills as well.

  8. The UW-L program has four full-time school psychology faculty who are certified and/or licensed as school psychologists. Faculty members maintain their skills by working part-time in local schools and clinics on a rotational basis.

  9. UW-L School Psychology faculty provide graduate students with regular one-on-one and small group supervision to support and enhance what students are learning at their practicum sites. Faculty visit and observe students at their practicum sites in addition to regularly scheduled meetings at the university.

  10. After completing their internships, UW-L graduates meet the requirements for certification in most states.

Why Choose the UW-La Crosse School Psychology Program?

  • Wisconsin school psychology graduates are highly regarded and have readily attained positions in many states.

  • Wisconsin has a low ratio of students to school psychologists, 1100:1 as compared to the national average of 2300:1.

  • Wisconsin school psychologists and graduate students in training have more time for prevention, intervention, and consultation.

  • The UW-L School Psychology faculty visit and observe students at their practicum sites in addition to regularly scheduled meetings at the University.

  • The program is housed and staffed within the Psychology Department which includes 19 full time faculty who provide a rich resource of psychological knowledge.

  •  UW-L graduate students are placed in area schools early in the program.

    • First semester: Intellectual and academic evaluations of children in schools

    • Second semester: Students spend two days per week working in area schools under the direct supervision of experienced school psychologists who know the UW-L program, the curriculum, and the objectives of the program.

  • By the end of two years, graduate students have accumulated more than 700 hours of practicum experience. Early and intensive experience in schools means students go beyond assessment to intervention and consultation.

  • The UW-L School Psychology students are supported within the university graduate school community (see Graduate School Organization Welcome Packet).

  • The UW-L program's training focuses on the skills and best practices which every school psychologist needs. The program especially emphasizes teacher, parent, and school consultation, with intensive training in assessment and intervention skills as well.

  • The UW-L program promotes cooperation and collaboration among graduate students, rather than competition. Students take all school psychology core courses together. By the end of two years most graduate students have formed lasting friendships with their classmates.

  • The UW-L program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. Full program approval means graduates are eligible for certification as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) upon passing the national exam.

  • UW-L students are allowed to complete their required internship (third year of the program) during their first year of employment.

  • UW-L has a strong reputation for producing well trained school psychologists. UW-L graduates are sought after and generally have no difficulty finding a position within weeks of completing the second year of the program.

  • Employment in school psychology remains strong. Recent graduates of UW-L are averaging an entry salary of $43,000 for 190 day contracts.

  • Over the past 30 years most UW-L graduates have found school psychology to be a satisfying and fulfilling career. Over 85% of UW-L alumni remain in the practice of school psychology.