Get outside the classroom!

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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!

Students are invited to participate in an optional study abroad course. This opportunity enables students to learn about another culture by visiting schools, agencies, and neighborhoods in another country. Most recently, students have traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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
  • SEHS 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
  • Fitz Center for Leadership in Community
  • Local school districts 

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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