All prospective students desiring admission into the School Psychology Program must simultaneously apply for admission into the School of Graduate Studies. This combined application form may be completed on-line (http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/) or obtained by calling the School of Graduate Studies (262) 472-1006. The completed form, along with all necessary fees, should be delivered or mailed to the School of Graduate Studies located in Roseman Hall.
An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may appeal for an exception on the basis of other factors (e.g., relevant work experience, outstanding job performance, recommendations, and/or evidence of appropriate personal qualifications.) Prospective applicants should be aware that the School Psychology Program receives far more applications for admission that it can possibly admit. A strong undergraduate GPA is a characteristic of most students admitted to the program.
Students must demonstrate, at a minimum, undergraduate or graduate course work in the three areas of 1) child/adolescent psychology or development, 2) abnormal psychology, and 3) basic statistics as prerequisite to all graduate coursework. Additional preparation in the areas of physiological psychology, advanced child development, personality theory, theories of counseling, and regular or exceptional education are highly desirable.
Individuals wishing to be admitted to this program must be of high personal character. Some districts and practicum sites require a criminal background check. In addition, exceptional levels of maturity and professional demeanor are expected. Otherwise qualified candidates who lack these characteristics will be denied admission.
In accordance with Graduate School policy, students may take selected graduate courses as an Non-Candidate For Degree (NCFD) prior to admission. Up to 12 credits may be transferred into the student's School Psychology Program upon subsequent admission to the Program. Some students have found this to be a way to help demonstrate academic qualifications and/or get a head start on their program. Please consult the Coordinator prior to registering for NCFD classes. Successful completion of NCFD course work does not guarantee subsequent admission.
Individuals desiring to apply directly to the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with a previously earned Master's degree in school psychology may do so in consultation with the Coordinator. Additional course work to address deficiencies may be required.
Link to UW-Whitewater Graduate School Application: http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/admissions
School of Graduate Studies
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Dr. Christine Neddenriep
Coordinator, School Psychology Program
Dept. of Psychology
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Due to the high volume of applications and the limited enrollment capacity, individuals are urged to begin the application procedure early so as not to be eliminated from consideration due to an "incomplete application packet." Applicant interviews take place in Laurentide Hall, which is located on the corner of North Prince Street and West Starin Road. The building is identified by the letters LT on this map: http://www.uww.edu/campus/uwwmap.pdf.
The application deadline for all admission is February 15th.
The School Psychology Admissions Committee will meet during the week following the February 15th deadline. Applicants will be informed by mail as to their status. Those who have requested early admission consideration will also be informed in a timely manner appropriate to their deadline. The School Psychology Program admits students only in the spring of the year for classes beginning the following fall term. Admitted students are also free to take summer term classes.