MS and EdS in School Psychology
The School Psychology Program prepares students to serve as specialists in school psychology, providing a wide range of services, including consultation, assessment, and intervention. School psychologists typically work in public schools to collaborate and consult with teachers, parents, families, students, and community resources to ensure that students are learning in a supportive and safe environment.
The School Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha embraces a scientist-practitioner model of school psychology training. The program emphasizes a problem-solving approach to service delivery including direct intervention and consultation at the individual, family, and system levels with a strong foundation in evidence-based practice. The graduate program strongly emphasizes the preparation of psychologists for comprehensive and effective delivery of psychological services in the schools.
The UNO School Psychology program endorses the NASP Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy.
Consistent with the mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), the UNO School Psychology Program’s mission is to graduate students who have met high levels of academic excellence relevant to the knowledge and skills in the profession of school psychology and have engaged in and are committed to the community. The program is designed to prepare graduates to function as scientist-practitioners in service to children and their families, schools, and communities. The program emphasizes an indirect service delivery approach that is oriented in data-based problem-solving and is responsive to cultural and ecological contexts. Although indirect approaches are emphasized (e.g., consultation, assessment, prevention, and early intervention), graduates are prepared to apply direct psychological services (e.g., individual, group, and systems level interventions) when conditions warrant.
The program is fully approved by and adheres to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) standards for training and field placement.
In addition, the School Psychology program at UNO is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Nebraska State Department of Education. The program will seek Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accreditation upon the next review cycle.
The Ed.S degree in School Psychology allows UNO to recommend graduates for Nebraska state certification as School Psychologists. In addition, candidates must pass the Praxis II – School Psychologist exam (5402) with a score of 147 or higher to meet state certification requirements. Results for candidates completing the Praxis II exam in School Psychologist can be found at:
The current pass rate for the Praxis II - School Psychology exam is 100% over the last three years.
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