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School Psychology (MSE, EdS)

Make a difference in the lives of children

As a UD School Psychology student, you'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to enter into diverse settings to create positive environments and make a difference in the lives of children. Courses reflect the most current advances in the field of school psychology and education, with a commitment to the implementation and integration of the most current technology applications.

Students can choose from our full-time program or part-time option to earn their degree:

  • Full-time program: Comprehensive, integrated and sequential. Includes two years of study followed by a full-time internship.
  • Part-time option: Ideal for the working professional. Requires three years of part-time study followed by a full-time internship. 

To receive your license, you're required to complete both the master's degree program (MSE) and specialist-level training (EdS).

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partnering districts & educational service centers

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A High-Quality Education

  • Student Experience
  • Alignment with UD values
  • Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy
  • Our students receive first-hand experience from their very first semester in the program, and benefit from professors who have real-world experience.

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    Community Engagement & Multicultural Development

    UD and the School Psychology program affirm that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence, these core values align with our mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people. As a Catholic and Marianist institution, UD embraces diversity and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. UD and the School Psychology program commit to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

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    UD, in line with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and the promotion of equal opportunity, fairness, justice, and respect for all persons. UD and NASP works to ensure that the association, graduate education programs, and settings in which school psychologists work are safe and welcoming and provide equal opportunity to all persons regardless of actual or perceived characteristics, including race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, language, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, cognitive capabilities, social–emotional skills, developmental level, chronic illness, or any other personal identity or distinguishing characteristic. Discrimination is defined as acting toward people in a manner that results in adverse impact because they share similar characteristics or because they are from specific groups.

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    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Student Research

    Students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also participate in UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

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    Study Abroad

    Summer programs in locations such as Costa Rica offer opportunities for students to immerse themselves in experiential learning in local schools and diverse communities. They also interact with students and educators to help develop a deeper sense of self-awareness in a global context. Students have also participated in community services projects while abroad, including Mangrove reforestation.

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    Graduate Assistantships

    Students must apply and must be full time in the School Psychology program to receive graduate assistantships. GAs are typically employed for 20 hours per week on a 9-month contract, and they receive partial tuition remission and a monthly stipend. School Psychology students can be placed in on- and off-campus assistantships, including academic departments within the UD School of Education and Health Sciences, on-campus partners, and local school districts.

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    School Psychologists of the University of Dayton (SPUD)

    Provides opportunities for leadership, service, fundraising, professional development, and social activities. SPUD was the first officially recognized graduate student organization on campus. Students can participate in events like Walk for Autism, Walk for Independence, UD's Christmas on Campus, and intramural sports.

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    Opportunity for undergraduate students

    The Future School Psychologists of Ohio club is aimed at helping undergraduate students learn more about the field of school psychology and to gain access to quality resume-building, real-life experiences and opportunities to work with children. Additionally, the club will offer valuable related opportunities for service and engagement at the university, school and community level.

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    CONTACT

    School Psychology Program

    Fitz Hall, Room 629
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962
    937-229-3652
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