School Psychology

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  1. UW-L graduate students are placed in schools early in the program. Beginning in 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 approved by the National Association of School Pyschologists. 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.