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School Psychology (MSE, EdS)

Why choose UD School Psychology?


Partnering districts & educational service centers


Full-time students in the program with assistantships


Job placement rate for our graduates

Make a difference in the lives of children

As a graduate student in the School Psychology program at the University of Dayton, 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.

Full-time & part-time options

Our full-time program is comprehensive, integrated and sequential and includes two years of study followed by a full-time internship.

Our 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 and specialist-level training.

Closer look

Students share why they chose the UD School Psychology program.

Closer look

Students share why they chose the UD School Psychology program.

Program alignment with University values

Experiential wisdom
  • Practicum experiences from the first semester to hone the skills needed for professional practice.
  • 9 month hands-on-internship where you are supervised by qualified school psychologists. Stipends have traditionally been provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • 100% of full-time students have received assistantships, which help provide a high-quality educational experience.
Community engagement
  • The University of Dayton 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.
  • Active student organization (School Psychologists of the University of Dayton)
Multicultural development
  • As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton 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.
  • The University of Dayton 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.
  • Progressive training in school psychology.
  • Opportunity for study abroad experience.
  • University's stance on anti-racism: According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture becoming anti-racist is a choice to "become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives. Being anti-racist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it." Anti-racism involves acknowledging and understanding privilege, working to change internalized racism, and interrupting racism when it is encountered.
    Read the UD News release >>
    Letter to the UD community: Steps toward becoming an anti-racist university >>

Application requirements

Application deadline: Jan. 10 (for Fall semester)

Applicants should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  • Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student, and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  • A personal statement.
  • Results from the GRE are optional for the 2021-22 school year, due to COVID-19.

Once you've successfully met the required admission criteria outlined above, there will be a faculty review. Following the review of these materials, you may be invited to interview with department faculty.

Note: Additional requirements apply for international students >>

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.

Interested? Click here to learn more (pdf) >>

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

The University of Dayton, 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. The University of Dayton 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. Read the full policy (pdf) >>


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