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About Educational and School Psychology

  • Mission Statement

    The department seeks to generate new knowledge through clinical and scholarly expertise of its faculty and students, and to share this information with the community.

    The department supports the mission of the university as a whole through coursework which stresses a broad framework of understanding human learning, motivation, and development.

    School Psychology

    School psychologists strive to help children of all ages succeed. As trained professionals, they possess skills to empower students to succeed in the school, home, and community settings. They help develop and encourage safe and supportive learning environments for all students by collaborating with teachers, administrators, parents, and community service providers. Students in these programs learn various assessments and techniques, participate in clinical experience, learn collaborative and consultation skills, and engage in and further develop professional relationships.

    School psychologists work with individuals, their families, and groups of students to create successful and valuable relationships to improve functioning. These professionals work in a variety of environments, including but not limited to: public or private schools, mental health facilities, juvenile justice, universities, private practice, and/or residential clinics and hospitals. School psychologists may also take on administrative or supervisory positions within a district or agency, typically after spending time as a practitioner.

    Individuals pursuing a career as a school psychologist engage in graduate studies to become credentialed as a certified school psychologist by their state department of education. Some choose to continue their studies to obtain a doctoral degree. Many programs are credentialed by the National Association of School Psychologists.

    Educational Psychology

    The field of educational psychology is the study of social, cognitive, ethical, and educational development of children and adults as they learn and progress through various educational settings. Professionals in this field research instructional methods and cognitive and behavioral theories of learning. They use research-based approaches to examine the educational environment, recognize appropriate goals and outcomes, and develop evidence-based assessments and interventions to assist in improving the quality of life for learners of all ages.

    Educational psychologists study and research how populations of people learn. They use this information to develop educational assessments, consult with schools and universities, and evaluate educational programs. Individuals with this degree may work with schools, universities, businesses, learning centers, and other human development agencies.

    Pursuit of this career typically involves the acquisition of a Masters in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). Specialist level and doctoral programs can also be pursued.

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