About

School psychology is not only a fulfilling career path — it’s also a growing and in-demand profession.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a promising job outlook for school psychologists “given the limited number of graduates in this specialty and the growing need of mental health services in schools,” according to the bureau’s 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

At UWM, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this growing field. The Department of Educational Psychology offers both a combined MS/EdS degree program and a PhD degree program with concentrations in School Psychology. Our students gain a broad theoretical background, as well as evidence-based clinical skills through didactic, field placement, practica and internship experiences.

With a strong urban mission, our program is dedicated to increasing knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of practices best suited for individuals from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. We use a scientist-practitioner model and emphasize principles of biological, psychological, cultural, and sociological sciences as applied to urban schools, mental health, and educational settings.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • The School Psychology Program adheres to American Psychological Association and National Association of School Psychologists guidelines for graduate training. Both degree programs are NASP-approved, and the PhD program is also accredited by the APA.
  • Our beautiful campus — just blocks from Lake Michigan, 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee and 90 minutes from Chicago — ensures plenty of internship and networking opportunities.
  • You’ll work alongside internationally known faculty who are leaders in their field and have the opportunity to play in active role in faculty research.
  • UWM is Wisconsin’s most diverse university and has more than 50 years of training school psychologists who are multiculturally competent and prepared to work in urban settings.
  • In 2013, the Department of Educational Psychology won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from racial/ethnic minorities as well as other countries.

#4 Ranked Doctoral Program in School Psychology 2015

School Psychology #4 Ranked Doctoral Program in School Psychology 2015.The School Psychology program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee emphasizes training students to be multiculturally competent and to be skilled in working with urban populations. Some funding opportunities, covering tuition with an additional stipend, are available through teaching assistantships as well as through research assistantships with faculty research projects. The program typically takes 5-6 years to complete for students that enter with a bachelor’s degree. However, students that enter with an Ed.S. degree may complete the program in 3-4 years.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • In-state Tuition: $11,883
  • Application Deadline: December 15th.
  • Mean number of years to complete the program: 5.54

Unique feature

In 2013, the Department of Educational Psychology won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from racial/ethnic minorities as well as other countries.

US News and World Report Money reported School Psychologist as being the #2 Best Social Service Job.

For information about how this ranking was developed, see the Best Counseling Degrees webpage.

Informational Meetings

Interested in learning more about the EdS or PhD degree in the School Psychology program? Please come to campus for our monthly information meeting. Upcoming meetings in Fall 2019 will be on:

  • Friday, August 23, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Enderis Hall Room 788
  • Friday, September 27, 3:00 – 4:00 pm in Enderis Hall Room 788
  • Wednesday, October 30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm in UWM Union. Find Educational Psychology Booth during Graduate School Open House. Please find a School Psychology sign in the Educational Psychology booth. Instead of a group meeting, we’ll address questions individually.

Enderis Hall is located at 2400 E. Hartford Ave. UWM Union is located at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The meetings in Enderis Hall are informal and do not require a reservation in advance. However, please let Dr. Kyongboon Kwon (kwonk@uwm.edu) know if you plan to attend.

Curriculum

PhD Program

The School Psychology PhD program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training and is designed to fully integrate psychological theory with rigorous research and professional practice skills. We aspire to develop evidence-based practitioners and researchers and are committed to training multiculturally competent school psychologists. We are very proud about our APA-accredited and NASP-approved School Psychology program and hope you’ll consider joining us! Learn more about the program’s components and requirements through the links and information below.

The School Psychology program has five major goals. It aims to prepare school psychologists to:

  • Design and implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions that meet the mental health and educational needs of children, adolescents and families
  • Engage in problem-solving consultation within and across schools and community settings with families and professionals to enhance the competencies and resilience of youth and to promote healthy home, school and community environments
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments that are directly linked to interventions aimed at improving understanding and outcomes of youth, families and schools
  • Provide service delivery and to conduct research that reflects APA and NASP ethical and professional standards
  • Conduct, interpret, critique and disseminate high quality scientist-practitioner research that advances the field of school psychology in urban settings

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data Tables (PDF)

Program Handbook
Learn more through our Program Handbook, which describe the program models, entry requirements, objectives, typical course of study, and completion requirements in detail.

PhD Program Handbook (PDF)

Internship Handbook
Student Support and Program Costs
Doctoral students are eligible to apply for research and project assistantships and fellowships through UWM’s Educational Psychology Doctoral Program and through the Graduate School. The doctoral program provides assistantships to approximately five students in the department each year; typically two students in the School Psychology program are funded through this mechanism.

The faculty also seeks other funding, which provides for additional student support. Faculty members in the School Psychology program have been highly successful in attaining extramural funding and have received more than $7 million in federal grant funding since 2002. Tuition information may be found on the  One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services website.

Licensure
All graduates of our program have received certification as school psychologists from the Department of Public Instruction or similar Departments of Education in the states in which they currently reside.

PhD Program Application Process

Below you will find the application process for the doctoral specialization in School Psychology. All application materials must be submitted to the UWM Graduate School by the stated deadlines. A selected pool of approximately 10 applicants will be invited for a phone or in-person interview to take place each February for admission to the following Fall semester.

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form

Commission on Accreditation
c/o Office of Program and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

Fully accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2021 and full Approval by the National Association of School Psychologists through 2021.

Program Accreditation

The School Psychology PhD Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Website: American Psychological Association Website

The School Psychology PhD Program also is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, which has the following contact information:

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 4022
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 657-0270
E-mail: cert@naspweb.org
WebsiteNational Association of School Psychologists Approved Programs

EdS Program

Full approval by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through 2019

The Educational Specialist (EdS) program in School Psychology will prepare you to work as a school psychologist and leads to certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Based on a scientist-practitioner model and coursework in educational psychology and complementary disciplines, our program emphasizes a concrete link between theory, research and practice through core applied courses and supervised practical and internships.

Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 60 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The maximum required credits range from 60-69 credits depending on students’ prior coursework. Students typically take classes related to the major roles and functions of school psychologists in intervention, consultation and assessment, as well as foundational courses in related disciplines (measurement, development, family ecology, counseling, statistics) and education. Students are encouraged to conduct research, evaluate programs and to empirically evaluate the efficacy of their practice in the areas of prevention, intervention and consultation. Candidates must be available to complete a 600-hour practica over their second academic year and to complete an internship of 1,200 hours (which is typically a paid position as a school psychologist).

Program Handbook
Learn more through our Program Handbook, which describe the program models, entry requirements, objectives, typical course of study, and completion requirements in detail.

EdS Program Handbook (PDF)

EdS Program Application Process

All application materials must be submitted to the UWM Graduate School by the stated deadlines. Approximately 30 to 40 applicants will be invited for a phone or in person interview each February or March for admission to the following Fall semester.

Note: If you are interested in the School Psychology Ed.S. program, the first step is to apply to the Educational Psychology MS with the concentration in School Psychology. You will apply to the Ed.S. degree later after finishing the MS requirements.

If you have a MS degree in School Psychology and are interested in being considered for the School Psychology Ed.S. program, please contact Dr. Kwon at kwonk@uwm.edu to determine an appropriate program for application

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form

Advising

For More Information

Karen Stoiber, PhD
Training Director, School Psychology PhD
kstoiber@uwm.edu

Questions about admissions?

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Program Admissions Specialist
Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4599
hochmuth@uwm.edu

Faculty

profile photoKyongboon KwonAssociate ProfessorEducational Psychologykwonk@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 721
profile photoKaren StoiberKellner ProfessorEducational Psychologykstoiber@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 775

Research

Kyongboon Kwon, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Kwon’s research focuses on children’s peer socialization in schools. She focuses on children’s naturally occurring peer groups (e.g. cliques, friendship groups, classroom) and their effect on children’s social, emotional, and academic functioning. For example, she examines peers as an evaluator of others’ emotional characteristics and how they are related to social/behavioral and academic outcomes. She also examines how children regulate peers’ emotions and how theirs is regulated by others through social interactions.

Karen C. Stoiber, PhD, Professor
Dr. Stoiber’s research interests include examining evidenced-based approaches to promoting early literacy, social competencies, and implementation of multi-tiered intervention models. Research questions she explores include: How can teachers’ intentional focus on children’s self-control and social competence improve student engagement and academic achievement? How can school psychologists promote student mental health and reduce the achievement gap through multi-tiered systems of support? She co-founded the APA Division 16 Task Force on Evidence-Based Interventions in School Psychology and founded the Translation of Research to Practice Working Group.

Career

The Graduate School provides a range of resources for student professional development on its website.

UWM also has a membership with The Versatile Ph.D. “the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD graduates.” This is a great resource for students who plan to pursue careers outside of academia.