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About School Psychology (M.S.E., ED.S.)

100% of our recent graduates have gained employment in school psychology and related fields.

Welcome to the Master of Science in Education School Psychology and Educational Specialist in School Psychology programs! With a degree in school psychology, you can create positive environments and make a difference in the lives of children.

US News and World Report ranks the position of school psychologist #14 on its list of The 100 Best Jobs of 2013—and #1 on its list of Best Social Services Jobs. Read what they have to say >>

"Building Learning Communities Through Critical Reflection"

The school psychology program is comprehensive, integrated and sequential. Courses reflect the most current advances in the field of school psychology and education, with a commitment to the implementation and integration of the most current technology applications.

To receive your license, you are required to complete both the master's degree as well as the specialist-level training. The combined M.S.E./Ed.S. program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The full time program includes two years of full-time study followed by a full-time internship. The part-time option—ideal for the working professional—requires three years of part-time coursework followed by a full-time school-based internship.

Download our printable program brochure (pdf) >>

Program Highlights

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What will you be learning?

Faculty members conduct regular curriculum reviews to make class content current, relevant, and comprehensive. Coursework is aligned with NASP's Ten Domains of Professional Practice


  • EDC 508 Theories of Learning & Human Development
  • EDC 510 Consultation in the Schools
  • EDC 511 School Psychology Practicum: Consultation
  • EDC 512 Cognitive Assessment
  • EDC 513 Practicum: Cognitive Assessment
  • EDC 514 Academic Assessment for Intervention
  • EDC 515 Practicum: Academic Assessment for Intervention
  • EDC 516 Academic & Behavioral Assessment Instruments
  • EDC 517 School Psychology Practicum: Shadowing
  • EDC 537 Statistics
  • EDC 538 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
  • EDC 541 Curriculum & Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDC 542 Crisis Intervention & Prevention in Educational Settings
  • EDC 543 Theories & Techniques of Counseling
  • EDC 548 Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • EDC 568 Research & Evaluation in Human Services
  • EDC 571 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • EDC 572 Role & Function of the School Psychologist
  • EDC 573 Orientation to the Educational Process (and Technology)
  • EDC 575 Counseling Diverse Populations
  • EDC 583 Theory & Technique of Group Counseling
  • EDC 593 Early Childhood Development & Assessment
  • EDC 610 Social/Behavioral Assessment Intervention
  • EDC 611 Practicum: Social/Behavioral Assessment Intervention
  • EDC 612 Assessment for Intervention & Accountability
  • EDC 613 Practicum: Assessment for Intervention & Accountability
  • EDC 615 School Psychology Culminating Seminar
  • EDC 710 Internship in School Psychology
  • EDC 711 Internship in School Psychology
  • EDC 712 Internship in School Psychology
  • EDC 800 Thesis

Visit the Galleries & Resources tab to access the following:

  • Course matrices
  • Course schedules
  • Checksheets
  • Program and department handouts
  • Seminars
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Gain professional experience!

The School Psychology Program is structured so that course content blends effectively with field experience. The practicum experience provides supervised opportunities to hone skills required in professional practice. This experience also includes a complementary course individually based on setting and field supervisor. This provides the opportunity to develop professionally under the guidance of other professionals. 

Field experience culminates in a hands-on internship. The internship is completed on a full-time basis for one school year in a school district, supervised by qualified school psychologists. Students are compensated with a stipend during their nine month internship; funding is contingent upon the approval of an Ohio Department of Education budgetary item by the legislature every two years. Currently, the stipend is the state minimum for a teacher with no experience. Internships outside of the state of Ohio are not covered by this funding source and may not be compensated.

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff!


Elana Bernstein, Ph.D.

Susan Davies, Ed.D.

Sawyer Hunley, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Susan Davies, Ed.D.


Bobbie Fiori

Contact Information

Department of Counselor Education & Human Services
School of Education & Health Sciences
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Chaminade 301
Dayton, OH 45469-2962

Phone: 937-229-3644
Fax: 937-229-1055

You can also reach us at our toll free number 800-259-8710, #1.

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Get outside the classroom!

The School Psychology Program offers students more than just classroom learning. Students in the department have access to a wide variety of opportunities and activities to develop the skills they're learning in their courses, fieldwork and research.

School Psychologists of the University of Dayton (SPUD)

SPUD was the first officially recognized graduate student organization on campus. SPUD provides opportunities for leadership, service, fundraising, professional development, and social activities. Students can participate in events such as the Walk for Autism, the Walk for Independence, Christmas on Campus, and intramural sports. We have participated in UD's very own sport, Battleship, and we started a softball team. We have a Facebook group in order to stay in contact with alumni and for professional networking.

Study Abroad in Argentina!

In 2010 and 2011, students participated in an optional study abroad course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This opportunity enabled students to learn about another culture by visiting schools, agencies, and neighborhoods in another country.

View pictures from the trips >>

Graduate Assistantships

A variety of assistantship opportunities are available for students who are enrolled in the program. Recipients receive an annual stipend and tuition credits. The majority of students received assistantship funding for the 2012-13 school year. These included a variety of positions in the department, university, and community, including the following placements: 

  • Community Wellness Services
  • Learning Teaching Center
  • Residential Coordinator
  • Teacher Education Department
  • Catholic Leadership Institute
  • SOEAP Center for Catholic Education
  • Montgomery County Learning Centers
  • Urban Teacher Academy
  • Ready Set Soar at the Miami Valley Regional Center
  • Departmental Administrative/Research Assistant positions

Learn more about the Graduate Assistantship program >>

Regional and National Organizations

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
NASP provides support for school psychologists through scholarships, grants, professional development opportunities, information sharing and other means to enable them to better serve students. Learn more >>

Ohio School Psychologists Association (OPSA)
A professional organization dedicated to promoting quality mental health services and academic supports to help children and adolescents to succeed socially, emotionally, and academically. Learn more >>

Southwest Ohio School Psychologists Association (SWOPSA)
A branch of OPSA that serves ten counties (including Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont, Preble, Montgomery, Green, Clark, Clinton, and Fayette) in Southwestern Ohio. Learn more >>

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Hear what former graduates have to say!

Rachel (Paputsakis) Binnix, NCSP
School Psychologist
West Carrollton School District 

I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009, and I am currently a school psychologist practitioner. I chose a career working in a public school setting, serving children from first through eighth grade. While I have always wanted to be a positive support system to children, it was the school psychology program at the University of Dayton that gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to make it a reality. The comprehensive program and the training that I received at the University of Dayton were remarkable and absolutely exceeded my expectations.

Dana Doran-Myers, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Hamilton County Educational Services Center

My time at University of Dayton began in the fall of 2008. I knew I wanted to go into a school psychology program field that recognized research, collaboration, and critical thinking, and the school psychology program at UD gave me just that. I was given great opportunities for applying the theories I learned in the classroom through graduate assistant programs, practicum experiences in local school districts, and presenting research at state and national conventions. My professors and fellow students created a supportive atmosphere that was challenging, yet so rewarding. By the end of my internship in 2011, I felt eager and ready to begin my career. I am currently a school psychologist for Hamilton County Educational Service Center. The training I received at UD gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed to succeed in my career. I continue to collaborate with peers and professors from my graduating class, and I am so thankful for my time at UD! 

Lindsay Osborne, NCSP
School Psychologist
Logan-Hocking School District

Dr. Davies and the other professors do a great job of training students for the real world.

Alexandra (Walk) Riggs, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Dublin City Schools

The U.D. School Psychology program gave me all the technical and practical skills I needed to become a school psychologist. Since graduating from the program, I have worked in urban and suburban districts, with children from preschool through high school. The faculty at U.D. prepared me to work with students, teachers, and parents to make a positive difference in the lives of children. There's no doubt in my mind that U.D. has had a positive impact on the professional opportunities I have had!

Regina Strauder, M.S., Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Sycamore Community Schools

The School Psychology Program at the University of Dayton helped make me competent in best practices within the field. The preparation prepared me to positively impact the lives of students. The professors are very dedicated to the students and the field of school psychology. Many of them have been in the schools and have wonderful insight on information a school psychologist needs to be successful. The program gives you practical skills that you can use in your career as well as a solid foundation in the Response to Intervention approach. 

Daniel Trunk, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Beavercreek School District

I feel the school psychology graduate program at the University of Dayton has given me the skills necessary to practice at the preschool, elementary, middle and high school settings. The intricate combination of coursework and fieldwork experiences helped me learn theoretical aspects of the profession while at the same time gaining real-world experience. The program focuses on current topics, including Response-to-Intervention, social development, crisis prevention, and consultation, which are essential to the ever-changing role of the school psychologist.

Katie Weber, M.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools, Greene County

I have found in my work as a school psychologist that we, in this position, are expected to be well versed in virtually everything that children in school could experience. This ranges from mental health issues to the processes of learning, from medical diagnosis to school climate and bullying. Not only has my education from the University of Dayton’s School Psychology Program covered this vast range, but it has also emphasized the overarching, fundamental skills that practitioners must have to navigate successfully in this profession. Critical thinking, problem solving, consultation, being a consumer of research—these are all things that were continually reinforced in my schooling and things that I use on a daily basis. 

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The application process is online, easy, and free!

Admissions Requirements

Download the documents below to view admissions requirements for each Counselor Education & Human Services degree program.

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Application Deadlines

The first round of applications for fall admission will be reviewed beginning January 10. The Fall deadline is February 1.