What does a School Psychologist do?
Graduates of the DU School Psychology program are prepared to serve P-12 students within elementary, middle or high school settings. To learn more, visit the National Association of School Psychologists website, or the varying degree programs within School Psychology. It is also helpful to read the prominent journals in the field including School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of School Psychology, and Psychology in the Schools. Another great way to understand the role of a school psychologist is to contact a practitioner in your community and ask to meet with him or her.
Does this program lead to licensure in the state of Colorado?
Dependent on the degree, graduates from this program are eligible to pursue national certification from the National Association of School Psychologists and licensure as a school psychologist or psychologist in the state of Colorado. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets licensure requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking licensure in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Department of Education to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements.
Will I be able to work as a school psychologist in other states if I leave Colorado?
Typically. Our programs provide a broad view of service delivery that prepares students to work nationally and internationally. Licensing requirements vary by state. Students should contact the Department of Education in the state they wish to practice in order to find out the necessary licensing qualifications.
What is an EdS degree?
The EdS degree is a specialist-level degree within the field of school psychology. It is the practicing degree required for School Psychology practitioners in Colorado and most other states. You can get more information on the EdS degree by visiting the National Association of School Psychologists website.
What criteria are considered for acceptance to the School Psychology program?
Please refer to the specific degree program for broad admissions criteria.
If I have a degree from outside of psychology, will that reduce my chance of being accepted?
No. The School Psychology program welcomes individuals with unique backgrounds to bring different perspectives to the program. However, depending on the degree you hold, you may have to take some additional coursework. Even with a degree outside of psychology, many students find that they have prior experiences that relate to the field they are pursuing.
How many students will you be accepting and do you have an estimate of how many people will be applying?
The number of applications we receive from year to year varies; however, on average we typically receive 200 to 400 applications per year between the MA, EdS and PhD programs. From this, 45 to 55 students secure spots in the four different degree programs.
When does the program start? Can I begin anytime?
School Psychology programs begin each year in Fall Quarter that is typically the first or second week of September.
Are classes offered online?
The majority of our classes are offered on campus, however, there are a few courses that are offered in a blended format (online with some on-campus meeting times). Canvas is an online tool used by most faculty at DU to provide access to selected course materials, no matter the setting of the class meetings.
How can I be involved in faculty research?
All School Psychology program faculty have active research agendas. For a description of faculty members and their research interests, see the Faculty section. MA and Doctoral students are required to engage in faculty research. Faculty always welcome student interest and participation, and are often looking for members of ongoing vertical research teams. EdS students interested in pursuing formal research opportunities should contact a faculty member if they would like to be considered for a research team.
Does every student get a paid internship?
No. As it turns out, many internship experiences are not paid. However, EdS and PhD Licensure students are required to identify and secure an internship that meets the criteria for their degree level.
Can I take an internship out of state?
Yes. It is possible to complete your internship in another state; however the internship experience must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training and/or Director of Field Experiences, meet the requirements specified in the handbook, internship syllabus, and the field experiences manual.
Does the program arrange for the internship placements?
Program faculty help mentor and support the internship placement process. Students must take a proactive approach to identifying internship application requirements and dates as well as completing the application materials. PhD licensure students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to identify appropriate APA/APPIC approved internships.
What kinds of internship placements are there?
There are internship placements available in public and private schools and alternative schools, community or home-based agencies, public and private hospitals and clinics, settings depending on the degree program. Specific sites must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training and/or Director of Field Experiences.
What funding or assistantships are there for graduate students?
A variety of types of aid are available for graduate students in the School Psychology program. A select number of stipends are available for incoming students who are paired with a faculty mentor to conduct research in their area of interest. Advanced students often have the opportunity to obtain stipends for similar work. There are a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Research Assistantships also available to advanced students in the program that provide some tuition reimbursement as well as monthly stipends. Scholarship money is also available on a yearly basis to students in the program that apply and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)form on file. Lastly, federal financial aid is available. For information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Do I have to come as a full-time student?
For the EdS degrees and PhD – Licensure degrees, it highly advised to be a full-time student in order to follow the coursework sequence in a timely manner.
Students who do not wish to be enrolled full time should discuss this with their advisor so they are aware of the implications on their progress toward degree completion. Additionally, much of the financial aid offered to graduate students stipulates full-time enrollment.
If I come to get my MA or EdS in your program, will I be able to go on for a doctorate?
MA or EdS students from the School Psychology program does not automatically result in admittance into the PhD programs. However, students who show interest in pursuing a PhD, demonstrate success in their coursework, and are engaged in scholarly and research pursuits, are encouraged to apply.
Is your program approved by NASP or accredited by APA?
Our EdS degree is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The PhD – Licensure degree is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and NASP.