Program Plans and 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.

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

Program Plan and Course Sequence

Students are admitted to the program once a year as a small cohort group which proceeds through the program together. In the first year, students take courses in psychology, measurement, education, assessment and counseling.

Graduate Bulletin

  • 2017-18 Graduate Bulletin:   MSEd  |  EdS
  • 2016-17 Graduate Bulletin:   MSEd  |  EdS
  • 2015 Graduate Bulletin:  MSEd  |  EdS
  • 2014 Graduate Bulletin:  MSEd  |  EdS
  • Course descriptions are linked from the program description pages above.


After satisfactorily completing a thesis and 30 credit hours, students earn the M.S.Ed. degree.

In the second year of the program, students complete the additional coursework required for certification as a school psychologist. Students typically complete specialist thesis and a 1,200-hour internship during the third year (the first year of employment). The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is awarded after students satisfactorily complete all course, certificate/licensure and degree requirements.