About

Group photo of 10 School Psychology Ed.S. graduates at Miami University's spring 2021 commencement.

Overview

Miami's school psychology program is a NASP/CAEP accredited, combined Masters (MS) and Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program. The MS degree is earned during the first portion of the program that leads to school psychologist licensure. Students gain training in assessment, intervention, consultation, mental health counseling and research methodology.

Program students complete two years of full-time study on campus, plus one full-time school year as an intern in a cooperating school district. We offer outstanding preparation for school psychologist careers:

  • involved continuous clinical contact with children and youth
  • accredited at both state and national levels
  • leads to licensure as a school psychologist

What Our Alumni Say

Bradley Davis, M.S., Ed.S. '21

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• School-Based Counselor, Community Day School

“Miami’s school psychologist program remained challenging yet rewarding from start to finish. The faculty constantly reminded us that we were capable of much more than we may have originally thought. Additionally, they were always available for guidance throughout our entire time in the program. The cohort model provided a wonderful learning environment as well as an opportunity for deeper social relationships along the way.”

Renee Dallal, M.S., Ed.S. '20

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• School Psychologist, Hamilton County Educational Service Center

“Miami's graduate program truly builds a knowledge base that sets its students up for success. No matter what you have experience in previously, they ensure you have the foundations in psychology, education, research and more. The classes, along with field placements, are vital pieces to establishing knowledge but also allowing opportunities for observing and practicing. The opportunities for research and graduate assistantships is also a great part of Miami's program.”

Career and Salary Opportunities

The outlook for school psychologists is quite promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will add 23,800 new school psychology jobs between 2018 and 2028. "School Psychologist" ranked #2 in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Social Services Jobs for 2020." Please visit the NASP site to gather more workforce and salary information.

Faculty Spotlight

A Pivotal Time for School Psychologists - with Amity Noltemeyer

It’s a pretty pivotal time for school psychologists today. Especially as we continue to hear about the debates between parents and teachers and administrators and politicians, all about how to best ensure the safety and productivity of schools. Guns and violence, certainly, have been big topics in the news recently. But there are also many other more day-to-day concerns that students and schools must also manage.

So in this podcast episode, we talk about the critical role that school psychologists play. How they help schools address some of their more serious concerns, and even about some of the ways we can all help students live emotionally healthy and more productive lives.