The University of Iowa 's School Psychology program is a doctoral program with an inclusive EdS degree. The School Psychology program trains health service psychologists to be outstanding ethical and multiculturally competent scientist-practitioners that promote psychology as a profession for the betterment of the human condition. 

We strive to address the academic, developmental, behavioral, and mental-health needs of students we serve from prevention to intervention.

The School Psychology program focuses on issues facing children, adolescents, and their families.  The program offers a PhD degree, with an inclusive EdS option available to students who are enrolled.

Your program advisor will help guide you through the requirements for degree completion.

Program Requirements

For a complete list of courses and requirements:

Faculty and Research

School Psychology faculty focus on exploring the cognitive behaviors and mental health of children and their families, training school mental health professionals, and psychoeducational interventions.

To see associated faculty, please: Visit Faculty Listing 

Areas of expertise:

  • Developmental and learning disabilities
  • Twice exceptionality
  • Telehealth
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Rural Medicine
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Autism
  • Poverty and its impact on children and families
  • Access to education

As part of the School Psychology program, you will work closely with community partners including Iowa schools and AEAs, the Belin-Blank Center, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. You will also work collaboratively across College of Education programs, learning and researching alongside Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation and Counseling Education, and Special Education graduate students.

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Belin Blank Center

The Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) is a comprehensive center focused on nurturing potential and inspiring excellence through myriad programs and services.

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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

UI Health Care is Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center. This includes an adult tertiary care hospital and children’s hospital, and a network of 200-plus outreach clinics and programs.

Interdisciplinary Training Project in Special Education and School Psychology (SP2)

The Interdisciplinary Training Project in Special Education and School Psychology (SP2) addresses national, regional, and state shortages of special education and school psychologists by preparing them in intensive intervention and assessment for school-aged children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs.

Admissions and Application

The application deadline is December 1. Faculty review of application materials commence in January and interviews are scheduled by invitation in February.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Graduate GPA or 3.50 or better on a four-point scale
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)

  • Copies of official transcripts from all previous college work
  • Statement of your personal career objectives containing the following:
    • Reasons for seeking entry into the University of Iowa School Psychology doctoral program
    • Professional aspirations
    • Description of child/adolescent experiences (e.g., teaching, counseling, testing, etc.)
    • Educational experiences relevant to your professional goals; credentials and degrees earned
    • Research interests and experience(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE)

    1. The University of Iowa’s School Psychology doctoral program does not apply a definitive cutoff for the GRE score. Historically, students accepted to our program have earned scores at or above the 61st percentile on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE.
    2. Persons scoring below these criteria are encouraged to provide a written statement justification for why their scores do not fully reflect their academic abilities.  
  • Updated CV or resume

Apply Now

Start your application! Please review the requirements and supplemental documents for your degree option before starting.

After you submit your application, we'll send you a HawkID and password to review the status of your application online using our online student record system, MyUI.

Accreditation

The new doctoral program in school psychology is currently not accredited by APA or NASP but will be seeking accreditation in the future. The previous school psychology program was continually accredited by APA from 1992 until September 2021. The previous program is now closed.

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Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Ann Santos
370 Lindquist Center
319-467-3085
ann-m-garcia-santos@uiowa.edu

Questions?

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline, 319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!