About the Department

The Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney promotes a field-based scientist/practitioner model to prepare culturally competent and compassionate professionals at the graduate level. Our program prepares students to provide service and leadership in school psychology, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and student affairs. The scientist/practitioner model in CSP creates practitioners who understand, critically evaluate and effectively use the research base within their profession to make decisions and guide practice. The department consists of nationally and internationally accredited masters and educational specialist programs in Counseling and School Psychology.

The CSP Faculty are committed to the professional and personal development of each student. Professors hold state and national credentials and have extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings. We have a state of the art, on-site clinic that we are very proud of in the College of Education. We offer flexible course scheduling, video conferencing, blended and online courses. CSP has a 70+ year successful history of career placement for graduates. We have graduate assistantships and many professional development opportunities.

“The best attribute of this program is the counseling skills. That counseling experience is really critical and important when you’re working with students. You’d be surprised how many students I meet with where I have to use some of those skills. My relationships that I had with faculty going through this program was huge. Some of them are mentors, still, to me today. The relationships with faculty are undeniable, and they’re so important to student success.”

Dusty Newton

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions


The CSP Department conducts continuous systematic program evaluation clearly demonstrating continual compliance with external accreditation including international (i.e., ISPA, IRCEP), national (i.e. NCA, NASP, CACREP, NCATE), state (NDE) professional accrediting and endorsement bodies as well as internal academic program review (APR).

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Events and Organizations

The University of Nebraska at Kearney's Counseling and School Psychology Department provides students with multiple opportunities to get involved through student organizations, internships, and more. The School Psychology Department encourages students to get involved in order to develop skills that will aid them in their future careers.

  • Department Newsletter
  • CSP Facebook Group
  • Kent Estes Justice For All Conference Attain a better understanding of ACA ethics and how they can be applied to current events.
  • GrASP The object of this organization is to create an informative, educational and social atmosphere for graduate students in the school psychology program at UNK
  • Chi Sigma Iota CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. it promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.