Program Curriculum

The program focuses on the interaction of content knowledge, process skills and the practical application of these skills to the practice of school psychology. Approved by the North Central Association and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) the curriculum consists of four areas of study:

Content Knowledge providing a basic foundation in psychology and education. Special emphasis is placed on developmental psychology, learning, special education, multiculturalism, and legal and ethical issues.

Professional Core Courses focus on the profession of school psychology. They provide a strong background for effective practice as a school psychologist. Arranged sequentially, the professional core courses lead to technical proficiency in assessment, problem solving, diagnosis and interventions.

Experiential Learning practices effective training through an integration of didactic and experiential learning. Students conduct assessment and counseling sessions with children, adolescents and adults. These sessions are observed live and digitally recorded so their peers and the faculty can provide feedback to promote student learning. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop specialized skills in play therapy, group counseling and consultation.

Supervised Practica requires a minimum of 600 hours of supervised practica experiences in a school setting. UW-Stout's program exceeds this requirement.

First year students complete a a variety of applied activities in school-based settings.

During the second year, students complete school psychology practica two days per week for two semesters, as well as, under supervision at the university's Clinical Services Center.