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Serving as a graduate or teaching assistant can add significantly to one’s education. It provides for a range of experiences not found in courses or practicum sites. As such, we are pleased to offer a limited number of full or partial graduate assistantships. They are competitive however, and funding is not guaranteed.

Recipients receive an annual stipend, a tuition waiver, and remission of the out-of-state tuition surcharge (if applicable). Graduate student awardees are assigned research/administrative responsibilities. There are also two teaching assistantships available within the department for second-year students. Assistantships may also be available from other offices and departments on and off campus.

Hamilton County Educational Service Center

Our partnership with Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC) is an example of an off campus assistantship location. The HCESC provides support to educational and other entities and agencies in Greater Cincinnati. They assist many school districts with special education, assessment, occupational/physical therapy, counseling, and school psychological services.

Chris Perry, a current Hamilton County ESC graduate assistant had this to say about his placement:

Even from the beginning of my graduate assistantship, I already had a network of established school psychologists at HCESC who were eager to support my academic and professional development as a future practitioner. Through the ESC, I’ve been able to closely collaborate with other professional roles in education and gain a deeper understanding of their work in schools, as well as explore the various employment settings in which school psychologists work. My assistantship has equipped me to view the role of the school psychologist within its functional context and continues to prove indispensable for my training.


HCESC graduate assistant Chris Perry

Additional Grad Assistant Comments

Karina Karner, M.S. '21

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• Teaching Assistant, Department of Educational Psychology

Being at TA at Miami was a valuable experience. It trained me to plan ahead and increase my public speaking and leadership skills. Initially, I was unsure if I would be able to succeed at it, but encouragement from my professor and staff in the Educational Psychology program helped me become more self-assured.”

Yu Zhong, M.S. '21

• Graduate Assistant, Department of Educational Leadership

I enjoyed my assistantship experience  it gave me opportunities building research and administrative experiences outside of my focus of studying.”

Makenzie Theiss, M.S. '22

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• Graduate Assistant, Department of Educational Psychology

My experience with my graduate assistantship has been pivotal in my time in the School Psychology program. I have gotten the chance to work alongside EDP faculty that have added immensely to my learning process and that have provided opportunities to gain further insight into my career and have experiences that I would not have had otherwise. While it seemed daunting to be a full time student and work as a graduate assistant, I have found that it is extremely manageable and beneficial to my overall learning experience. I have been able to help with research, learn about grants and the Access Miami program, and become acquainted with disability studies and how that plays a part in my role as a School Psychologist! I would highly recommend applying for a graduate assistantship!

Allie Washing

• Graduate Assistant

"I am so grateful for being given the opportunity to work as a Graduate Assistant at Miami. It has given me professional experience and the ability to refine my administrative skills, to research subjects relevant to school psychology, and to develop my knowledge of related fields (such as Special Education and Family Studies)."

Abbey Mauch

• Graduate Assistant

"My graduate assistantship through Miami University has allowed me to work side by side with professors, participate in exciting experiences, and given me financial stability."