Frequently Asked Questions

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What is UW-Stout’s school psychology program like?

Each of the three years in the School Psychology program has a unique feel.

The first year is filled with coursework that allows students to learn the methods and assessments they will apply as school psychologists. Virtually every course has an associated field-based or application-based emphasis, where you will practice the skills you are learning in class. Examples include a shadowing experience with area school psychologists, conducting academic benchmarking in a local district, and providing reading intervention and progress monitoring for local school kids.

The second year in the program, students often feel a bit of a pull between the campus and the working world. This year, you will complete 600+ hours of school-based practicum where you will work two days per week under the supervision of a school psychologist, working directly in the field. As well, you will conduct assessments and see clients in your clinical services center, as part of clinical practicum. At the same time, you are taking advanced coursework in school psychology and continuing to build your skills.

The third and final year in the program, you will be working full time on Internship. This is typically associated with a first-year employment experience, in that most of our students obtain paid, full time jobs working as a school psychology intern, under the supervision of an experienced colleague in the field. This year, you will complete your internship hours (1200 hours) and conduct your EdS research, in anticipation of completion of your degree in the spring.

This is a challenging and supportive program. The work is intense but the time really flies!


How is UW-Stout’s school psychology program unique?

The UW-Stout program distinguishes itself in a number of ways. Embedded within our coursework is an emphasis on counseling, and skills one needs to be a comprehensive helper in the school setting. We work closely with our school counseling colleagues to enable our students with the interpersonal skills to collaborate and work with students, parents and colleagues in a professional and supportive manner.

UW-Stout's program also emphasizes development learning and assessment, with specific coursework dedicated understanding, assessing and intervening with early learners. This makes you highly attractive in the job market.

Finally, our program thrives in the culture of our campus, where the emphasis is truly on applied learning. While our formal practicums occur in year two of the program, our first year is filled with embedded course activities that promote application of knowledge and skills at the earliest stages of learning, with maximum support and supervision. We're proud of the program we’ve built and we send our graduates out into the working world, confident that they are the future leaders in their settings.


How many credits lead to the Master’s and the Educational Specialist degrees, and how do they work together?

You should think of degree completion sequence at UW-Stout as one program that includes two degrees. Most applicants will enter into and complete the Masters of Education (MSEd) degree, is awarded after coursework and culminating experiences that occur after approximately the first 30 credit hours of the program. Thereafter, all credits apply to the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree, which includes both formal practicum and internship experiences. This is the degree that is required to be licensed as a school psychologist in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Where can I practice with a degree from UW-Stout?

When you leave UW-Stout with your EdS degree, you are eligible for the NCSP (national certification), as well as certification in virtually all 50 states. While most of our grads continue to live and practice within the tri-state region, we have had interns over the years elect to practice in such places as Nevada, Colorado, Washington and even internationally (Egypt). Each state however, does have slightly different certification rules, so you will work with your advisor closely when the time comes, to research and ensure that you have what you need to be certified in the state of your choosing.


Why choose UW-Stout’s School Psychology program?

If you are looking for a program that will challenge you, keep you busy, and provide encouragement and support and a few laughs along the way, then our program may be a great fit for you. Our program runs on a “cohort model,” meaning students come in once per year, which promotes a strong sense of comradery within student groups. Our faculty prides itself on accessibility and collaboration and our sole intention is to assist students in learning the skills and knowledge they need to be effective school psychologists.