The graduate program in School Psychology at UW-Whitewater is a three-year, full time course of classroom study and field practica and internship leading to certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a School Psychologist. Students first complete 30 graduate credits in psychology and education, then either pass a comprehensive examination or defend a thesis to complete the requirements for the master's degree (M.S.E. - School Psychology). This degree is necessary but not sufficient to become certified as a school psychologist.
Upon attainment of the Masters degree, students enter into the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) sequence, consisting of additional credits of advanced course work, a 600- hour field practicum, and a 1200-hour paid internship. Successful completion of the internship allows the student to apply for certification as a fully licensed school psychologist.
The UW-Whitewater program has full accreditation by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and has additional accreditation by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Upon completion of the internship, students may apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. This certificate is achieving growing recognition among state school psychology licensing boards and allows for reciprocal certification in selected states outside of Wisconsin.
Consistent with policies of the University of Wisconsin System, the UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program is committed to equal educational opportunity in its training program and encourages application from all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status, and pregnancy.