Catalog 2010-2012

School Psychology

The major in School Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa leading to the Specialist in Education Degree involves breadth of preparation as well as depth in a particular field of specialization.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations for any other admission requirements and detailed information on the School Psychology major. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  For requirements concerning admission, program approval, candidacy, scholarship, residence, examinations,  thesis, and graduation for the Specialist in Education Degree see page xxx.

Course work requirements for the Specialist in Education Degree are defined in terms of a three-year graduate program, including internship and work taken on the master's degree. A minimum of 69 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required for completing the program.

The School Psychology major is open to students who hold a master's degree from an accredited graduate school, and who meet the requirements set forth below.

Admission to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology requires an earned, accredited master's degree and a prior graduate preparation equivalent to UNI's M.A.E.: General Educational Psychology degree program with an emphasis in Context and Techniques of Assessment. 

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is required for admission to the program. 

Students with deficiencies will be notified prior to admission. Any deficiencies in the student's background will be added to the student's Ed.S. program requirements.

This major is available on the thesis option. A student who did not complete a thesis at the master's degree level must select the thesis option to complete the Ed.S. degree.

This major is also available on the non-thesis option. Students who completed a thesis as part of a master's degree program may request to have the Ed.S. thesis requirement waived. At the time of admission, the student requesting a waiver will submit a copy of the master=s thesis to the School Psychology Committee. The thesis will be reviewed by the School Psychology Committee to determine if the work meets Ed.S. program thesis standards. This determination will be based on 1) the relevance of the topic to the practice of school psychology, 2) whether the thesis is empirically based, and 3) whether the thesis is of such quality that it would be accepted as an Ed.S. thesis in the program. Notice of approval or nonapproval of the waiver of the Ed.S. thesis will be sent by the program coordinator to the student, the Graduate College, and the Office of the Registrar.

A student who qualifies for the non-thesis option will complete a research paper on a topic related to school psychology. Depending on the extent of the research paper, the student may earn 1-3 semester hours of research credit.

For the thesis and non-thesis options, a minimum of 36 semester hours is required. A minimum of 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required. Successful completion of a final oral examination is required.



Completion of at least 9 hours selected from the following:

  Educational Psychology: 200:232, 200:240, 200:286, 200:289.

  Measurement and Research: 250:281, 250:282,250:283, 250:284, 250:286.....9 hours

Professional studies:

  200:290.....3-5 hours

  200:291.....6 hours

  200:299.....1-3 or 6 hours

  Thesis option (6 hrs.)

  Non-thesis option (1-3 hrs.)

  Special Education: 220:260.....3 hours

  Literacy Education: 230:238.....3 hours

  Counseling & Behavior Modification: 290:254 or 400:272.....3 hours

Electives as approved by committee.....1 or 1-6 hours

  Thesis option (1 hr.)

  Non-thesis option (1-6 hrs.)

36 hours