School Psychology Program

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Who we are

  • We train students to serve youth by providing psychological services in their schools and communities.
  • We offer two degree programs, Ph.D and Ed.S, that follow the scholar-practitioner training model.
  • Our Ph.D program is accredited both by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
  • Our Ed.S. program is offered at two different campuses, one in Tucson and one in Chandler, AZ.
  • We train students to work with individuals from diverse cultures, abilities, and identities.

At a glance

Our Ph.D. curriculum is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in school psychology and related disciplines. Graduates of this program are prepared for a career that may involve research, scholarship, or practice. For example, they may function as academic school psychologists, licensed psychologists who work in schools, certified school psychologists, educational consultants, or private practitioners.   Learn More

Our Ed.S. curriculum is designed to prepare graduates to work as certified school psychologists in school districts across the nation. The curriculum also prepares students for taking the national examination to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). In general, training opportunities associated with our Ed.S. program aim to provide students with meaningful and practical experiences that will allow them to become respected leaders in the schools in which they work.   Learn More

Admissions

We pride our program on having a diverse student body. In this regard, applications are encouraged from individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual identity status. Additionally, we encourage applications from individuals across the spectrum in terms of their socioeconomic status, geographic residence, religious affiliation, family constellation, and social/political background.   Learn More

Student Affiliates in School Psychology

Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) is a student-led organization for school psychology graduate students. The UA SASP Chapter is part of a national parent organization under Division 16 of APA. The mission of SASP is to foster growth, peer support, and professionalism among school psychology students. The organization works to accomplish this important mission by providing support activities, mentorship opportunities, and social gatherings throughout the year.

Research Groups

In addition to individual faculty research interests, collaborative research groups have been developed by faculty in order to support each other's shared interests as well as to involve students with ongoing projects. Currently, there are two active research groups that are run by program faculty. These include the Pediatric School Psychology Research Group and the School-Based Mental Health Group. We encourage students to contact faculty members in each respective group if they are interested in becoming involved with research and scholarship.

Program History

The School Psychology Program at the University of Arizona was first located in the Department of Educational Psychology and began admitting Ph.D. students in the middle 1960s. The program was developed in response to the expanding need for school psychological services during the 1960s in the state of Arizona as well as across the nation. Since its inception, the School Psychology has trained hundreds of scholars and practitioners who have assumed leadership positions in Arizona and across the United States. Learn More