The University of Northern Iowa School Psychology Program is a fulltime program which consists of two degrees: a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, both of which follow a scientist practitioner model. The MAE in Educational Psychology: Context and Techniques of Assessment is earned after the first full year of coursework (minimum 33 credits) and students are required to complete a research proposal as part of this degree. The Ed.S. degree in School Psychology is earned after completion of an additional 36 semester hours, including a full-time internship and a thesis.
UNI's School Psychology Program seeks applicants who have an interest in and dedication to working collaboratively in school settings with children, their parents, and teachers. Successful applicants will have strong written and oral communication skills, the willingness and ability to think critically, independent work skills, and the ability to work well with others. They will demonstrate respect for human diversity, ethical responsibility, adaptability, and initiative/dependability. The program values an enthusiasm for learning, a dedication to supporting diverse learners, and a commitment to reflective practice and lifelong learning.
Admission decisions are based on a multitude of factors, including letters of recommendation, the applicant's personal statement, writing samples, grades in all undergraduate and graduate coursework, and scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Successful applicants typically have GRE scores above the 50th percentile and grade point averages above 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Occasionally, when other strengths are clearly evident, exceptional students meeting one, but not both of these minimum requirements are admitted.
No one criterion is the sole basis of the admissions decision. The program faculty considers multiple sources of information when assessing an applicant's ability to both successfully complete the graduate program and subsequently practice as a school psychologist. Following the National Association of School Psychologists' standards for training, admission decisions will regard the applicant's potential for success both academically and clinically as important.
To be considered for admission, all application materials must be postmarked by February 1st for admission the following Fall semester. The Program only admits students for study beginning in the fall semester.
Applying to the Program
If you currently have a Bachelor's degree, you need to apply to Ed Psych: Contexts & Techniques of Assessment-MAE. This is option #43 on the on-line graduate application form (major code 296).
If you have already earned a Master's degree, you need to apply to Ed Psych: School Psychology-Ed.S. This is option #47 on the on-line graduate application form (major code 293).
Questions: If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Dr. Kerri Clopton at 319-273-7940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attach one form completed by letter author to each letter of recommendation.