School Psychology

Welcome to the School Psychology program webpage, we are excited that you are interested in our program! The School Psychology program is highly respected both locally and throughout the nation. Consistently, the program is considered one of the top school psychology programs and has been ranked in research articles as a top program in the nation in terms of publication productivity in major scholarly school psychology journals. Our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)* and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Additionally, the UNL School Psychology program has been identified by the Chancellor of UNL as one the university's most outstanding programs. Our program provides a 3-year training program for EdS students and a 6-year training program for PhD students. As a graduate of our school psychology program, EdS and PhD students meet the criteria needed to become a national certified school psychologist (NCSP) and our PhD students meet the requirements needed to become licensed as professional psychologists.

The UNL School Psychology Program offers students access to extraordinary training. The individual faculty members and the training program are highly respected within the field of school psychology. Our faculty partner with local schools and community organizations, as well as with other professionals across the nation, to conduct research that promotes the success of students and families. To learn more about the faculty, their research, and ongoing projects, review the information found on the Meet the Faculty link at the right!

Complementing our faculty are our superior students. Drawn from across the country and the state of Nebraska, students work closely with each other and with faculty in an atmosphere that is highly collaborative and collegial. School psychology students have access to practica opportunities in local schools, community outpatient clinics, university clinics, and area hospitals. Students graduate from the rigorous and challenging UNL School Psychology Program with the professional skills they need to provide their clients and students with the highest quality of psychological services, and with well-honed skills in research and scholarship. Both locally and nationally, our graduates are very successful in obtaining positions as school psychologists in schools, psychologists in private practices and medical settings, and faculty in university programs. Click on the Meet our Students link on the right to learn more about what our current students have to say about the program and life in Lincoln, Nebraska! Be sure to look at the top of that page for more resources.

As evidence of the quality of our training, our students compete extremely well for internship positions, both locally and nationally. Over the past 10 years, 100% of our EdS students have found internship positions in a school district and 100% of our PhD students have been placed in APA-approved internships. In addition, all EdS graduates who have sought employment as a school psychologist have obtained jobs as school psychologists. Our PhD graduates are employed as school psychologists, licensed psychologists, and in academic positions. Our students can be found in leadership positions across the country.

Many applicants have questions about financial support for students. At UNL, the school psychology program makes every attempt to provide funding to our students. This funding typically provides a stipend, and covers a big portion of tuition and health benefits. The level of support differs by assistantship. Although we have a very strong record of providing student support, decisions are made annually and based on the amount of funding available. Typically, students are funded through department assistantships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships provided by program faculty and faculty in other departments.

For more information about admissions requirements, program courses, our faculty, and students, check out the links on the right side of our webpage. Information found under the page Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data will provide other relevant information about our program and should be provided by all APA-approved programs for comparison purposes.

General questions related to the program should be directed to the Program Director:

Ed Daly, PhD

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission Accreditation:
     Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
     American Psychological Association
     750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
     Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: