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School Psychology

The School Psychology Program at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to preparing highly competent professional school psychologists from a scientist-practitioner model at the specialist (EdS) level. Graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to this challenging field through up-to-date and research-based professional practice. The program operates from an eco-behavioral orientation and emphasizes the delivery of school psychological services from a consultative, collaborative problem-solving framework to prevent and remediate learning and behavior problems. A child advocacy perspective provides a framework, along with a scientist-practitioner perspective, for guiding decisions and practices that provide supportive educational environments and enhance positive outcomes for all children through research-based practice and data-based decision making. Both theoretical and empirical bases of professional practice are emphasized, and a diverse range of practical field experiences are provided throughout preparation. The Program fosters respect for the uniqueness and human dignity of each and all persons. Self awareness, positive regard for others, and respect for differences are actively cultivated and expected of all students.


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Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s), Required clinical experience




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School Psychology
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Renee Hawkins
Phone: 513-556-3335

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Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY 7040 School Organization an dthe Role of the School Psychologist, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY 8010 Applied Behavior Analysis, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8020 Theories of Measurement for School Psychology, 2
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8024 Academic Assessment and Intervention, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8000 Field Experience in Foundations for Data-based Decision Making, 1
    • HPExxxx, Student will select HPE7072., 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8011 Applied Behavior Analysis II, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8030 Behavioral Consultation, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8025 Family Intervention and Early Intervention, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8022 Cognitive Assessment, 2
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8000 Field Experience in Foundations for Data-based Decision Making, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY7043 Child Development, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • SPSY7041, Ethics for Behavioral Practice and Research, 3
    • SPSY7042, Working with Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools, 3
    • SPSY7045, Frameworks for Disabilities and Disorders in Childhood, 3
    Fall (Year 2)
    • SPSY8012, Behavioral Research and Accountability Methods, 3
    • SPSY8027, School-Based Behavioral Counseling and Mental Health Interventions, 3
    • SPSY8015, Functional Behavioral Assessment, 3
    • SPSY8061, School Psychology Practicum, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8061 School Psychology Practicum, 3
    • SPSY8031, Systems-level Consultation and Program Evaluation in Schools, 3
    • SPSY8040, Professional Seminar in School Psychology, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will select a Free Elective., 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • SPSYxxxx, SPSY8065 Internship in School Psychology: Specialist Level, 6
    Spring (Year 3)
    • XXXXxxxx, SPSY8065 Internship in School Psychology: Specialist Level, 6
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

Admission Requirements

• Transcripts and a minimum GPA of 3.0
• Vita / Resume
• Goal Statement
• 3 Letters of Recommendation submitted through the online system

Application Deadlines

The Program admits students once a year for a fall semester start. Applications are due January 15th.

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the School Psychology program, please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Make sure to visit the School Psychology website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

UC's EdS Program in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). The Program also is approved for Educator Preparation by the Ohio Department of Education. The College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).