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.
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.
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 American Psychological Association.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
The Ph.D. program in School Pscychology has full 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
The School of Education offers the following degrees in School Psychology:
Ed.S. in School Psychology
The Ed.S. Program in School Psychology prepares students for practitioner roles in public, charter, and private schools. You’ll get a solid foundation in the legal, ethical, and professional issues related to school psychology, as well as training in psychological assessment, academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and consultation. This 65-credit hour program leads to licensure as a school psychologist in Indiana and eligibility for licensure in other states. Through practicum and internship experiences, you’ll accrue the experience and skills to provide psychological services in school settings. The program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Capstone Project or Comprehensive Examination
A substantial project or a comprehensive examination constitutes the culmination of the Ed.S. program. A project normally requires a written manuscript describing the project. Projects vary from program to program.
Ed.S. students must have demonstrated successful practical experience in order to be eligible for graduation. This experience may be in the form of work experience prior to or during the program of studies, or it may be accomplished through practicum and internship courses taken during the program.
A final meeting of the advisory committee is required, at which the student's entire program, including the project manuscript or comprehensive examination results, are reviewed. If the committee is satisfied that all program requirements have been successfully completed, the student is recommended for graduation.
Ph.D. in School Psychology
Become a practicing school psychologist, conduct independent research, take a leadership role in special education, or prepare for private practice. The program is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model, where research and theory will inform your practice, and real-world experiences will inform your research.
Completion of this 90-credit hour degree program takes most students five to six years of full-time study. In that time, you’ll complete at least 800 hours of practica and 1,500 hours of internship work, which will give you the real-world experience you’ll need to earn licensure. You’ll also conduct field-based research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Here, our research focus includes:
- Educational equity
- School discipline and school violence
- Response to intervention
- Autism spectrum disorders
- The Internet as a tool for psychologists
- Anxiety orders and depression
At the completion of your course work and before you begin your dissertation, you will need to pass a qualifying exam, which may be in the form of portfolio of work and an oral examination.
Dissertation (15 cr. minimum)
- P795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
- P799 Doctoral Thesis (12 cr. minimum)
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
- Thomas Huberty, Professor
- Rebecca Martinez, Associate Professor
- 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