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School Psychology

College of Education, Health, and Society

  • About the Program
  • How to Apply
  • Assistantships
  • Career Opportunities
  • Faculty
  • FAQs
  • Current Students

Specialization in School Psychology

"The excellent reputation of Miami University's school psychology graduate program is known nationwide, which has given me a huge advantage when looking for jobs across the country. I've worked in three states (Ohio, Georgia, and now Hawaii) and I received multiple job offers in each state within a few weeks of posting my resume."                                                                -Gina Federico Scheper, School Psychology Program Alum

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Do you want to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally? Do you want to be part of a profession that collaborates with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students? Then consider becoming a school psychologist.

The Department of Educational Psychology offers outstanding preparation for school psychologists. Our graduate program:

  • involves continuous clinical contact with children and youth
  • accredited at state and national levels
  • leads to licensure as a school psychologist
  • areas of training:
    • assessment and intervention
    • consultation
    • counseling
    • research methodology

The combined Master’s/Educational Specialist program includes two years of full-time study on campus plus one full-time school year as a salaried intern in a cooperating school district. Over the past 35 years, over 325 graduates have been successful in acquiring positions as school psychologists in Ohio and throughout the nation. Over these years there has been 100 percent employment, with many graduates receiving multiple job offers.

School Psychology Program Handbook

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School Psychology Intern Manual

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Miami University School Psychology Program


How to apply

  • First, you must apply to Miami University’s Graduate School. The application is available here.

    • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.
    • Be sure to indicate on this online application if you are interested in an assistantship.
  • Application to the School Psychology program in the Department of Educational Psychology requires the following additional information:

    • Three professional letters of reference from faculty or other persons who can provide information about your potential for graduate study and your interpersonal skills. Please ask your references to send their letters to the address indicated below.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Registration information for the exam is at Please request that your scores be sent directly to Miami University (code R1463) and indicate School Psychology as the department code name. Only the General test is required, not the Subject test.
    • A resume detailing your education and work experience.

    An essay stating your reasons for pursuing the degree. Please tell us about your goals and why you are seeking admission to Miami’s program. The essay should be a minimum of 500 words.

    The letters of reference, resume, and essay should be uploaded as part of the Graduate School on-line application process.

    If you experience difficulty with uploading the documents, send them to:

    Miami University
    Department of Educational Psychology
    210 E. Spring Street, Room 201
    Oxford, Ohio 45056
    Attn: Jennifer Turner

For more information contact Jennifer Turner, Administrative Assistant at Or contact Dr. Michael Woodin, Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, at

Deadlines and selection process

Completed applications should be received by Jan. 15 to be considered for fall admission.

In order to facilitate admission, you should submit departmental items as soon as possible. You need not wait until you have been admitted to the Graduate School before sending references, essay, resume, and statement to the department.

If you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship, please indicate this in a separate letter to the department and submit the request for an assistantship with your other application materials to be considered for the fall entry class. You may check with the administrative assistant (513-529-6621) at any time concerning missing items or the status of your application.

We are a competitive program and we typically accept 10-12 students per cohort.

Applicants are evaluated based on:

    • academic record
    • written goals and purpose
    • previous related work or experiences
    • letters of recommendation
    • GRE scores

School psychology faculty will begin to review applicants after the Jan. 15 deadline. Finalists will be selected and invited to on-campus interviews in late January or early February.


A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in the Department of Educational Psychology. Recipients receive an annual stipend, a tuition waiver, and remission of the out-of-state tuition surcharge (if applicable). Graduate students who are awarded an assistantship are assigned research/administrative responsibilities. There are also two teaching assistantships available within the department for second year students. For students who had an assistantship during the first year of study, the program makes every attempt to secure a graduate assistantship during their second year of study; however, this is not guaranteed and depends on whether there is continued funding and the graduate assistant had strong performance during the first year.

Assistantships may also be available from other offices and departments on campus. To be considered for an assistantship, you must indicate your interest on your Graduate School application.

Michael Woodin with students


Career opportunities and salaries

The outlook for school psychologists is quite promising. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, it’s believed that the majority of current school psychologists will be retiring within the next 10 years. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report listed school psychology as “one of the best careers.”

Go here for the most recent salary survey by the National Association of School Psychologists.

School Psychology Students

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Students in school psychology attended the Council for Exceptional Children's 2009 annual meeting in Seattle.

For more information

Contact program director, Dr. Michael Woodin, at

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there some way I can visit or talk with someone about the program?
Absolutely, if you would like to discuss the program by phone or visit with us please contact, Dr. Michael Woodin, program director, at

Are there any special forms that should be printed out for recommendation letters?
No, we do not use any particular form.

My GRE is scheduled for December or January, should I wait to send the rest of my materials until I have taken the GRE?
No, you may send your materials at any time to the Graduate School and EDP Department. Be sure to request that your GRE scores be sent to Miami University; Miami's institution code is R1463.

How much does the GRE score factor in the decision making process?
GRE scores are never viewed in isolation. Applicants are accepted based on many qualities including GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, interpersonal skills, research and/or practical experiences. A high GRE alone will not automatically get someone into the program, nor will a low score automatically preclude acceptance. There is no minimum GRE required.

How many students are admitted to the school psychology program?
There are usually 10-12 students accepted each year.

Is each student paired up with a faculty member to participate in school psychology research?
Yes, students choose a thesis advisor who shares research interests. Also, depending on graduate assistantships, students may do research with faculty as part of their graduate assistant duties.

Will applicants be interviewed before being accepted into the program?
Yes, there will be interviews for selected applicants. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current school psychology students, as well as tour Miami's campus.

Current Students


School Psychology StudentsStudents in school psychology attended the August 2009 Graduation Ceremony.

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