College of Letters and Sciences


Master's and Education Specialist Degree Programs

Do you have a passion for working with children and youth? Are you interested in collaborating with parents, educators, and administrators? Would you like to make a difference in children’s lives? School psychologists do just that! School psychologists are qualified to understand, support, and improve school systems, effective teaching, and student learning. Thus, school psychologists are vital members of school communities whose work supports students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach.

The School Psychology Program at UW-Whitewater is a three-year, full-time sequence of coursework and field experiences that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become school psychologists. Students in the program apply their knowledge of evidence-based and culturally responsive practices to address the educational inequities affecting children and youth in their communities. As such, our graduates are school leaders and advocates who help children and youth succeed academically, behaviorally, and socio-emotionally.

The mission of the UWW School Psychology Program is to prepare school psychologists who apply the principles of empirical science and culturally responsive practice to the problem-solving process. We stress the need for school psychologists to operate through a social justice lens, addressing systemic inequities by advocating for all children in their work. With this understanding, school psychologists proactively foster collaboration between schools and families, using strength-based, empowering language to promote educational outcomes. We equip our graduates with the tools and training needed to support children’s academic skills, mental and behavioral health, and social-emotional learning. Continual efforts to be well-informed and responsive to an ever-changing educational climate ensure that our graduates remain adaptive and place the children’s educational, behavioral, and psychological well-being at the forefront of their work.

The program conforms to the professional scientist-practitioner training model, with a strong emphasis placed on the maintenance of scientific rigor in the applied setting. Students are educated to see themselves as applying both the principles of empirical science and the skills of clinical sensitivity and insight to the problem-solving process in the school setting. While the training essentially represents a "delivery of service" model, students are provided with the curricular background to produce as well as effectively consume research in the field. This includes using knowledge of research to apply and evaluate evidence-based practices within the field through field experiences and completion of a specialist project in the program.

Our Program follows a three-year, full-time course sequence leading to state licensure and national certification as a school psychologist with completion of all requirements. 

First Year: Masters Degree Sequence 

During the first year of the program, students participate in classroom instruction and select field experiences, completing 32 credits of graduate coursework in psychology and education. The coursework includes classes in assessment, psychopathology, child development, learning, research methods, and program evaluation. At the end of this year, students complete a comprehensive examination in the form of a portfolio to fulfill the requirements needed to obtain their Master’s degree (M.S.E. - School Psychology).


First-Year Coursework

Summer I

Reading 764: Foundations of Reading (3 Credits)

EdFound 710: Education in a Pluralistic Society (3 Credits)


Psych 620: Foundations of Professional School Psychology 3 (Credit)

Psych 715:  Research Design & Program Assessment (3 Credit)

Psych 740: Assessment I - Achievement and Progress Monitoring (3 Credit)

Psych 785: Advanced Child Development (3 Credit)

Psych 792: Field Placement in School Psychology (1 Credit)


Psych 724: Learning in Educational Contexts (3 Credit)

Psych 745: Assessment III - Intellectual Functioning (3 Credit)

Psych 746: Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence (3 Credit)

Psych 770: Assessment II - Personality and Behavior (3 Credit)

Psych 792: Field Placement in School Psychology (1 Credit)

Note: Master's degree awarded upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination.

Second Year: Practicum Experience 

Upon attaining their Master's degree, students begin the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) sequence, known as the practicum year. During this year, students complete a 600-hour (part-time) practicum under the supervision of a licensed school psychologist. Practicum allows students to apply what they have learned during their first year while they continue to learn about the field through additional graduate coursework. At the end of the year, students take the ETS Praxis-II Exam in School Psychology and obtain a paid-internship position for the following year. In addition, students produce a portfolio that details the coursework and practicum experiences they completed during their second year.

Summer II

Psych 680: School Violence and Crisis Management (3 Credit)

Psych 755: Counseling Skills & Theory for School Psychology (3 Credit)

Psych 762: Academic Interventions (3 Credit)

Psych 768: Behavior Therapy in the School (3 Credit)


Psych 793: Practicum in School Psychology including Seminar (6 Credit)

Psych 769: Consultation and Prevention (3 Credit)

Psych 797: Specialist Project Research (1 Credit)

Speed 700: Theoretical Foundations in Special Ed. (3 Credit)


Psych 793: Practicum in School Psychology including Seminar: Cultural Issues in the Schools (6 Credit)

Psych 766: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents (3 Credit)

Psych 787: Social Context and Diversity in the School Setting (3 Credit)

Psych 797: Specialist Project Research (1 Credit)

Third Year:  Internship 

The third year in the program is referred to as the internship year. At this point, students have completed all the graduate coursework and field experiences necessary to practice independently as school psychologists with minimal supervision. Students begin their first year of practice as school psychologists completing a 1200-hour (full-time) internship. Following the completion of their internship year, completion of a final portfolio review, and their specialist project, students obtain their Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) and may apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. 


Psych 795: Internship in School Psychology (3 Credit)


Psych: 795 Internship in School Psychology (3 Credit)

Note: Upon completion of all Program requirements, including internship, portfolio review, Specialist Project, and the successful completion of the ETS Praxis-II Exam in School Psychology, students receive the Education Specialist Degree and may apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential.

In the School Psychology Program, students are provided with field experiences each year that support their learning in the classroom. Some of these experiences include shadowing practicing school psychologists in differing school districts to experience how the role of the school psychologist differs depending on the district and student needs. Students also participate in the Sidekicks for Success Student Mentoring Program mentoring a student in the local elementary schools. Students also have the opportunity to practice the use of curriculum-based assessment measures with children in the school setting, providing academic intervention support. Students in their second year complete a 600-hour supervised practicum in a school district. Students in the third year complete a 1200-hour, full-time internship in a school district.

NASP Accreditation

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recognizes the critical role of professional preparation and accreditation as part of its commitment to serving the mental health and educational interests of all children and youth. NASP's Program Accreditation Board (PAB) has reviewed and accredited school psychology programs independently or as an accrediting member of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP) since 1978. In May, 2022, NASP obtained recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an accreditation organization. 

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In addition to the Program’s full accreditation by the   National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Program has additional approval from the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). If seeking licensure outside of the state of WI, please review the information on  license reciprocity. Upon completion of the internship, students may apply for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential. This credential is achieving growing recognition among state school psychology licensing boards and allows for reciprocal certification in selected states outside of Wisconsin.

Why School Psychology at UW-Whitewater?

small, close-knit cohorts

Small, close-knit cohorts

Training Successful School Pscyhologists since 1974

Training School Psychologists since 1974

Conveniently located in south central Wisconsin

Located in Southeastern Wisconsin

Dedicated Faculty and Staff

Dedicated faculty and staff

Application Process: Step-by-Step

  1. Go to the Student Application Portal and create an account or log in. You will submit all of your materials here, as well as be able to check the status of your application. Please apply to the M.S.E. program. 
  2. Once in the Application Portal, you will need to complete
    1. Initial questions to apply to the School of Graduate Studies
    2. Additional questions specific to the School Psychology Program
    3. An "Autobiographical Statement"
    4. Three Letters of Recommendation - You will submit the names and contact information of the individuals on the Application Portal. The system will automatically send the reference an email with a link through which their recommendation will be uploaded to your application file. Please notify your references after you submit their information so they know to look for an email from the Application Portal. You will be able to monitor the status of your recommendation request on the Application Portal.
    5. Transcripts- You will need to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts within the portal. Please request that an official copy of your transcripts be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies at  

The application deadline for all admissions is January 15th. All materials need to be submitted and received by January 15th for full consideration.

The School Psychology Admissions Committee will review applicants as they are received. Applicants will be informed by e-mail as to their status. The School Psychology Program admits students only in the spring of the year for classes beginning the following summer term. Interviews will begin in later January with applicants whose materials are complete.

If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, complete the application form available from the School of Graduate Studies. The application deadline is February 15th. For more information regarding graduate assistantships, please see Financial Assistance Opportunities.


  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. 
  • Students must demonstrate, at a minimum, 12 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework in psychology which include study in the three areas of:
    • child/adolescent psychology or lifespan development,
    • abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and
    • statistics 

*Additional preparation in the areas of neuroscience, behavior modification, personality theory, and general or special education are highly recommended. 

Admission Materials

  • An "Autobiographical Statement" - This statement should discuss relevant background information and an in-depth description of why you have chosen to pursue the field of school psychology. 
  •  Three Letters of Recommendation - Letters of Recommendation usually consist of individuals who are familiar with your academic and personal qualifications for graduate preparation in school psychology. This might include current or former professors or work supervisors. 
  • Transcripts- You will need to upload an unofficial copy of your transcripts within the portal. In addition, please request that an official copy of your transcripts be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies at prior to your admittance to the program. 

*Note: We no longer require GRE scores for admission to our program.

Graduate students enrolled at Whitewater can seek financial assistance in the form of assistantships, employment, grants, and loans.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are offered to a limited number of full-time graduate students. Full- time assistantships require up to 20 hours of service per week and have paid, most recently, approximately $10,985 for an academic year and also health, dental, and life insurance as well as a remission of non-resident portion of tuition. The UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program is able to offer a limited number of full and part-time graduate assistantships to full-time first and second year students. A separate application for Graduate Assistantships is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. Please note that this application has a February 15th deadline. Graduate students can also seek other employment assistance by applying for Federal Work-Study Employment, Regular Student Payroll, or other opportunities as advertised on campus.

Advanced Opportunity Program

Advanced Opportunity Program Awards are available to members of underrepresented minoritized groups or non-minority/disadvantaged students. Nonresident Grants are available to out-of-state students who are enrolled full-time and exhibit both scholastic excellence and financial need. Contact the Academic Support Services Office for more information. Federal Perkins Loans are available to graduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and demonstrate financial need. Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) enable graduates to borrow directly from participating lenders. Contact the Financial Aid Office, (262) 472-1130, for further information.

Scholarships and Fellowships

The UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program has partial scholarships and fellowships available for both first and second year students, The Barbara Ann Hersko Scholarship, Fellowships and the Song Family Scholarship. Information about these opportunities are explained once a student has entered the program. Accepted students are also eligible for a variety of Wisconsin School Psychologists Association (WSPA) scholarships in the same monetary range.

Community Resources

A range of resources are available both on campus and off campus to support students’ needs. 

Strong applicants typically have a range of experiences working with children- particularly with vulnerable and diverse student populations. Volunteer or work experiences in the school setting are also valuable to list on your application. Familiarity with current research practices and/or applied research experiences are also encouraged.

The UWW School Psychology Program is a 3-year Education Specialist sequence. Full time students typically complete the coursework for the program during their first two years (including two summers of full-time coursework). The second year includes coursework and practicum. Typically this is when students successfully take the Praxis-II Exam in School Psychology. Students continue into their third-year internship as a fully paid, first-year school psychologist.

Due to the program’s structure, students typically attend classes around 4:00pm and are able to work during their first year. While the second-year schedule changes, students are able to work outside of practicum and classes if they choose. 

UW-Whitewater is uniquely positioned to provide necessary services for students with disabilities, and the School Psychology Program is dedicated to providing all students with a superior graduate education regardless of ability.

Christine Neddenriep Christine Neddenriep

Program Coordinator and Professor 

Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1229

(262) 472-1850

Barbara Beaver Barbara Beaver


Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1233

(262) 472-5416

Amanda Kidwell Amanda Kidwell


Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1205

(262) 472-1026

Amber Buxton

Amber Buxton


Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1223

(262) 472-1026

Anna Lindell Anna Lindell

Associate Professor 

Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1224

(262) 472-1804

Carolyn Morgan Carolyn Morgan


Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1221

(262) 472-5410

Jiahe Wang Xu. Jiahe Wang Xu

Assistant Professor

Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall 1215


James Larson James Larson

Professor Emeritus

Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall

(262) 472-1026

Elizabeth Kraemer Elizabeth Kraemer


Departments: Psychology

Laurentide Hall

Abby Biddle Abby Biddle

Graduate Assistant

Kaitlyn Disalvo Kaitlyn Disalvo

Graduate Assistant

Owen Gaber Owen Gaber

Graduate Assistant

Jena Krueger Jena Krueger

Graduate Assistant

Ashley Murray Ashley Murray

Graduate Assistant

Ashley Murray Krystalyn Terski

Graduate Assistant

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