School Psychology, Ed.S.

The UNK School Psychology Specialist Degree in Education Degree program prepares graduates to become uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. Trainees learn to provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students; partner with families, teachers, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments; work with school administrators to improve school-wide policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students.

Accreditations & Certifications

EDUCATION SPECIALIST (Ed.S.) PROGRAM:
  • Approved by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE).
  • Fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP).
  • The first internationally accredited program in the world recognized by the International School Psychology Association (ISPA).
  • Prepares students to pass the NCSP Exam with a 98% pass rate.
  • More than 30 states recognize the NCSP credential, paving the way for employment opportunities across the country.
ACCREDITED PROGRAM

The School Psychology Ed.S. program is fully accredited through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through 2021, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and approved by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). The UNK School Psychology program was the first in the world to be fully accredited by the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). The NASP, CAEP, NDE and ISPA accredited UNK School Psychology program prepares graduates for professional certifications:

  • National Certified School Psychologists.
  • Nebraska School Psychologist Endorsement.

*Graduates are eligible for these credentials after successfully passing the appropriate exams and submitting required applications.

Program Strengths

CLINICAL TRAINING & EXPERTISE
  • Licensed and certified faculty with experience as school psychologists.
  • State of the art, on-site clinic for assessing and evaluating individual differences to identify intervention strategies.
  • Engage in challenging and diverse activities in the schools beginning the first semester.
  • Work collaboratively with parents and teachers to support children’s success.
  • Field-based practitioner model of training that utilizes a collaborative approach to inform practice.
  • Support mental health needs of students using individual and group counseling skills.
  • Opportunity for experience working with children birth to 21 years.
SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS
  • Early Childhood Assessments – Lexington Early Learning Academy
  • Academic Screening – Lexington Elementary Schools
  • Academic Benchmarking – Minden Public Schools, Amherst Public Schools
RESEARCH PROJECTS
  • Impact of Dual Language Program on Academic Performance
  • Impact of Summer School Program on Academic Performance
  • Impact of Length of Time in District on Academic Performance
  • Efficacy of the “Middle School” Model
  • Early Childhood Screeners as Predictors of Future Academic Performance
  • Assessing Risk-Factors in Infants
  • Relationship between Demographic Variables (e.g. SES, ELL) and Academic Performance as Measured by the NE State Accountability Test
CURRENT PRACTICUM PLACEMENT
  • Minden Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Kearney Public Schools
  • North Platte Public Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Columbus Public Schools
  • Educational Service Unit #10 (Kearney, NE)
  • Educational Service Unit #11 (Holdrege, NE)
  • Central Nebraska Support Services Program (Grand Island, NE)
COMMON INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS
  • Central Nebraska Support Services Program (Grand Island, NE)
  • Educational Service Unit #1 (Wakefield, NE)
  • Educational Service Unit #2 (Fremont, NE)
  • Educational Service Unit #8 (Neligh, NE)
  • Kansas City Public Schools (Kansas City, KS)
  • SW Kansas Area Cooperative District 613 (Dodge City, KS)
  • Out of state placements have included: Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Arizona and Alaska
STUDENT SUCCESS
  • Students have a 100% pass rate for the Praxis School Psychology Assessment.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible to obtain the National Certification of School Psychologist (NCSP).
  • Clinical, consultative, and cooperative skill development for graduates to work successfully in the profession.
  • Non-competitive environment in which students work together to make all students knowledgeable, successful, and professional.
  • Active student-led association: Graduate Association of School Psychologists (GrASP).
  • Extensive school district partnerships in and out of state for successful history of career placement of interns and graduates.
  • Year long internship salaries are between $40,000-$60,000.

Graduation Plan

PROGRAM ACCESSIBILITY
  • The 72 credit hour program offers flexible course scheduling including evening, blended, on-line and video conferencing courses to accommodate students.
  • Program completion takes approximately two to three years of coursework and one year of internship.
  • 300 hours of continuing professional development are required to reach degree completion.
EXAMPLE GRADUATION PLAN

*All courses are 3 credit hours except CSP 992 Internship which are 6 credit hours for 2 semesters for a total of 12 credit hours.

SUMMER 1 2017

FALL 1 2017

SPRING 1 2018

CSP 800

Adv. Ed. Psychology

CSP 907

Academic Problem Solving Assessment

CSP 920

Cognitive Assessment

CSP 856

Multicultural Counseling

CSP 802

Research Methods

CSP 905

Behavioral Problem Solv Assessment

 

CSP 908

Orientation to School Psychology

CSP 805

Child and Adolescent Dev. & Intervention

 

CSP 991

Scholarly Study

CSP 991

Scholarly Study

 

Praxis I

 

6 Hours

12 Hours

12 Hours

SUMMER 1 2018

FALL 2 2018

SPRING 2 2019

CSP 906

Infant and Preschool Assessment

CSP 921

Interventions Practicum

CSP 921

Interventions Practicum

CSP 957

Consultation

CSP 922

Problem Solv Assessment Practicum

CSP 922

Problem Solv Assessment Practicum

CSP 855

Techniques of Counseling

CSP 990-3

Pre-Internship Seminar

CSP 960

Globalization of School Psychology

 

 

CSP 901

Professional Issues

Praxis I

 

Praxis II

9 Hours

9 Hours

12 Hours

SUMMER 2 2019

FALL 3 2019

SPR 3 2020

 

CSP 992

Internship

CSP 992

Internship

 

Praxis II

Praxis II

6 Hours

6 Hours

 

TOTAL 72 Hours

Career Outlook

CAREER OUTLOOK
  • Employment of school psychologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The mean salary of full-time, school-based practitioners in the U.S. is $64,168 for those with 180-day contracts and $71,320 for those with 200-day contracts.
  • In 2017, this profession was ranked #1 in Best Social Services Job by U.S. News & World Report