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Why study School Psychology at UWL?

School Psychology graduate student.

Traditional structure, innovative outcomes

School Psychology at UWL builds on successes dating back to 1969. Our campus program is known for getting graduate students into school settings early in their training,  its collaborative atmosphere, and a practitioner-scientist model for faculty. On-campus courses primarily utilize face-to-face and some blended formats to enhance student learning. 

We are proud of our students working to become future professionals in the schools, our alumni who make a difference with students everyday, and a program aligned with important outcomes for educating school psychologists. 

Graduate preparation and employment

Graduates of the UW-La Crosse school program program are endorsed for licensure by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to practice in Wisconsin. The program is conditionally accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): Program Annual Report and Student Data.


  • The U.S. News & World Report ranks School Psychologist  as the #3 Best Social Service Jobs for 2023
  • The median salary for School Psychologists is $78,780
  • The unemployment rate is only 0.6%, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the field to grow 14% between 2016-2026 
  • 100% of the UWL School Psychology program students get job placements

Program mission

Graduates of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (UWL) School Psychology Program are prepared to function as School Psychologists in broad-based roles similar to what is articulated in the NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services.

By employing an equity lens, grounded by examining their own biases and social justice, graduates are advocates for children, providers of behavioral and mental health care, specialists in the assessment of children, psychoeducational consultants who use effective problem solving strategies, and experts in the design and delivery of effective psychological and educational interventions at the individual, family, and systems levels.

Finally, graduates of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (UWL) School Psychology program recognize the importance of lifelong learning and continually engage in professional development and leadership opportunities.

The UW-La Crosse School Psychology Program is committed to preparing culturally competent and humble practitioners who are ready to meet the needs of diverse learners and families through equitable practices.

And it's a great place to live!

With accolades from publications including Forbes magazine and Outdoor Magazine, La Crosse offers a great cultural and natural environment.  La Crosse combines a small-town feel with ample cultural and recreational opportunities. Situated on the Mississippi River in the geologically unique Driftless region, La Crosse offers four-season recreational and research opportunities on water and land.

Driftless region fall colors.


Daniel Hyson  Profile of Daniel Hyson

Associate Professor
349A Graff Main Hall

Specialty areas:

Equity-Minded Teaching

School Psychology (especially Teacher-Student Relationships, Alternative Approaches to Working with Behaviorally Challenging Students, Systems-Level Data-Driven Decision Making)

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Why we believe this program could be a great fit for you.

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Frequently asked questions

After you get to know us, if you still have questions, feel free to contact Dr. Dan Hyson or one of our student ambassadors.