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Research, Practice and Experiential Learning

Help children succeed academically, socially and emotionally as a school psychologist. Our graduate School Psychology programs provide the skilled mentoring and hands-on learning you need to lead. You’ll work with students, educators, parents and other mental health professionals in extensive practicum and field experiences. You’ll also work closely with top psychology and education faculty, gaining diverse experiences and perspectives, at Colorado’s primary institution for teacher education. The results speak for themselves: Our School Psychology graduates have enjoyed a 100 percent employment rate over the last 20 years.

Opportunities for Real-World Learning

Our School Psychology programs offer extensive field experiences. Both Ed.S. and Ph.D. students complete a 500-hour practicum in a school over the course of an academic year. Ed.S. students also complete a 1,200-hour full-time internship in their final year. In addition to the school practicum, Ph.D. students complete two semesters of externship, and a 2,000-hour doctoral internship.

Degree Options

Pursue an Educational Specialist or Doctor of Philosophy degree in School Psychology at UNC.

Ph.D. in School Psychology

We offer the only APA-accredited school psychology doctoral program in Colorado, and currently one of only 69 in the United States. For our graduates, this means a competitive edge in the job market, including eligibility for licensure and academic positions. The Ph.D. program is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The aim of the doctoral program is to develop health service providers who are able to apply both psychological and educational principles to improve the psychosocial enviroments of children (age birth-21) and their families.

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Ph.D. Program Details

Ed.S. in School Psychology

One of only two such programs in Colorado approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), our Educational Specialist degree makes it easier for you to get your National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP) credential. Training focuses on skills necessary to lead in an educational environment. In addition to being offered at our Greeley campus, the Ed.S. degree is also offered in Denver.

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Ed.S. Greeley Campus Details

Ed.S. Extended Campus Details

Ed.S. In School Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis Emphasis

The optional ABA emphasis in the Ed.S. program integrates a Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB)-approved course sequence. When you complete this emphasis, you fulfill the coursework requirements to take the examination for certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA).

Ph.D. studentns may use the required elective courses to complete the ABA course sequence.

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ABA Emphasis Program Details

ABA Emphasis Extended Campus Details

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Your Future in School Psychology

At UNC, you’ll get the strongest possible career preparation, working alongside skilled psychologists who are both noted researchers in their fields, and caring educators committed to helping you succeed.

Consider UNC's School Psychology graduate programs if you are:

  • Dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children, their families and teachers
  • Interested in working with students with learning disabilities, special needs and behavioral issues

You’ll learn:

  • Principles of student learning and behavior
  • Consultation with educators, families and school personnel
  • Assessment of cognitive and academic skills and social-emotional functioning.
  • Counseling with children, adolescents and families

Sample courses:

  • Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • School-Based Psychological Consultation
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Social and Behavioral Assessment in the Schools
  • Legal and Professional Foundations of School Psychology
  • Evaluation of Psychological Services

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Michelle Athanasiou, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of the Department of School Psychology

A member of the school psychology faculty at UNC since 1996, Michelle Athanasiou’s professional interests are in the areas of applied behavior analysis, parent and teacher consultation, and early childhood. Athanasiou also co-coordinates the BACB-approved program in Applied Behavior Analysis. She serves on the editorial board the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and is the Vice President for Professional Affairs for Division 16 of the American Psychological Association. She is also a licensed psychologist in Colorado, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Doctoral-level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D).

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Beyond the Classroom

Where can your degree take you?

Our programs will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including schools, private practice, community mental health centers, hospitals, universities and academic research. As a graduate of the doctoral program, you’ll also be eligible for licensure as a psychologist.

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School Psychologist was recently ranked first in Best Social Services Jobs, and 17th in “The 100 Best Jobs” by U.S. News and World Report. With low unemployment and rapid growth in the Colorado region and nationally, there is a tremendous need for school psychologists, and a growing shortage of qualified professionals in the field.

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