Degrees & Programs
See how much of a difference you can make in an individual student’s life. As a school psychologist, you’ll work one on one with children and adolescents who are experiencing challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. You will help students develop the skills to be academically successful, including time management, study skills, and self-discipline. Other students may need your guidance to resolve emotional and behavioral problems that affect their performance. As an educational leader, your work will not only improve outcomes in your students’ daily lives, but will also set them on a course for long-term success. Apply online today!
In our graduate programs, you’ll explore the theoretical foundations of clinical and educational psychology and gain the practical experience to work with students from all cultural, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds to help each reach his or her full potential. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in research in educational equity, school discipline, and school violence prevention. You’ll enjoy practicum opportunities in large metropolitan areas and overseas.
The Indiana University School Psychology program’s faculty and students have a strong commitment to social justice as an integral part of our training. Longstanding patterns of oppression and discrimination have left our nation with inequities that continue to plague our schools and society.
We believe that school psychologists have a responsibility to develop an identity that incorporates a commitment to social justice. This dedication to equity cannot be an add-on or a single course in diversity. Rather, the commitment to cultural responsiveness and advocacy must be an integral part of the training and role of the school psychologist, as central as our commitment to evidence-based practice and effective collaboration.
Thus, we train our students to follow the concept of a continuum of care to provide the most effective evidence-based services for all individuals, but also to act as an advocate and systems change agent, actively monitoring the quality of the educational experience and outcomes for students from groups who have been under-represented or marginalized.
Upon completion of formal coursework and nomination to candidacy, doctoral students are required to complete an internship prior to degree conferral. The pre-doctoral internship is also required to become a licensed psychologist. A high quality internship placement is instrumental in securing competitive post-doctoral training and employment.
The IU School Psychology program has a strong track record of placing doctoral students in highly competitive and coveted APPIC or APA Accredited Internships. Below is a list of our current Ph.D. interns and a description of their internship site and training activities.
Student Affiliates in School Psychology
School Psychology students are invited to join the Indiana University Student Affiliates in School Psychology. It's a great place to network with fellow students and faculty. You can also participate in volunteer projects, enjoy speakers, and find new career opportunities.
The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
The Ph.D. program in School Psychology has approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: Toll Free: (866) 331-NASP; (301) 657-0270
Our faculty includes licensed psychologists, nationally recognized editors and authors, experienced administrators in special education, mental health law experts, practicing psychologists, and respected scholars. Our researchers interests include special education, the needs of autistic students, treatment of emotional problems in children and adolescents, and the effectiveness of “zero tolerance” violence prevention programs.
- Scott Bellini, Associate Professor
- Jack Cummings, Professor Emeritus
- Heather Ormiston, Visiting Clinical Faculty
- Russell Skiba, Professor
There is a strong and growing demand for qualified school psychologists. Nearly 75 percent of practicing school psychologists have either master’s or specialist degrees.
Among our graduates, nearly 95 percent of students earning the Ed.S. in School Psychology go on to positions as psychologists in public school settings. Some students also pursue careers in mental health centers, hospitals, or private schools.
Our Ph.D. students enjoy a wide range of career opportunities as well. From tenure-track faculty positions to psychologist positions in clinical settings and public schools, we boast a 100 percent placement rate for our graduating Ph.D.s.
For detailed program information, please contact:
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8300