Program Information

Our Child, Family, and School Psychology (CFSP) program in the Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences prepares graduates to have careers in School Psychology across a broad range of education, mental health, and research settings. Our program embraces ecological and social justice orientations. This means we provide training that advocates for the well-being of all children in all of the settings that impact their daily lives.

Our program is based on a scientist-practitioner model and is hands-on, with a graduated approach to field experiences. Independent field experiences occur every year, with Ed.S. and Ph.D. School Psychology Licensure degree students completing a final year-long internship where they gain additional supervised experience.

We value research, advocacy, and service at local, state, national and international levels for the benefit of families, children, and youth. There are multiple opportunities to engage in collaborative research projects that offer in-depth expertise and exposure to critical issues in the field.

The curriculum provides a strong foundation in interpersonal relations and diversity; developmental, psychological, and learning theories; general and special education; and legal, ethical and professional standards of practice. Professional skills and advanced training are required in research, measurement, program evaluation, assessment, prevention, intervention, and consultation with family, school, and community professionals.

Our graduates are practitioners, administrators, researchers, and national leaders in School Psychology. Through real-world, practical experience and instruction from our nationally recognized faculty, students are prepared to embark on their career in School Psychology with the tools to support children, families, schools, and communities across diverse ethnic, cultural, and geographic settings.

Degree Programs

We offer four degree programs:

M.A. in Child, Family, and School Psychology

The School Psychology M.A. program provides a global foundation in School Psychology and prepares students to pursue a doctoral degree in School Psychology or a related field.

Ed.S. in Child, Family, and School Psychology

The School Psychology Ed.S. program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists. It prepares students to be mental health professionals with in-depth knowledge of schools and school systems. Graduates from this program are eligible to pursue national certification from the National Association of School Psychologists and licensure as a school psychologist from state Departments of Education.

Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology – Licensure

The School Psychology Ph.D – Licensure program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. It prepares students to be leaders in the field of School Psychology with experiences in research, teaching, and service and Health Service Providers with specialized knowledge of School Psychology practice. Graduates from this program are eligible to pursue national certification from the National Association of School Psychologists, licensure as a school psychologist from state Departments of Education, and licensure as a psychologist.

Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology – Pathways

The School Psychology Ph.D – Pathways program prepares students to continue their work as school psychologists in a leadership capacity.  Students cultivate  research and program evaluation skills to pursue leadership opportunities, often within school district settings, Departments of Education, or in a national capacity. Graduates from this program are eligible to pursue licensure as a school psychologist from state Departments of Education.

Why Study at DU?

There are many reasons to study at the Morgridge College of Education…

  • Our job placement rate for graduating students is outstanding.
  • Our programs are exceptional and nationally recognized.

Beyond these reasons, you will find there’s no better place to live than Denver. Urban culture and spectacular outdoor recreation are just a short light-rail ride or drive away.

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Student Impact

Jose Teniente and Shanelle Rodriguez are 2019 NASP-ERT Minority Scholars. The NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to support the graduate training of minority students pursuing careers in school psychology. The CFSP program at DU is honored to have two of the five scholars of this highly competitive scholarship housed in our program.

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