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About the School Psychology Program:

The School Psychology Program at the University of Utah offers both Educational Specialist and Doctoral degree programs. The doctoral program is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979, E-mail:  apaaccred@apa.orgWeb:; and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Educational Specialist program is fully approved/nationally recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists. Doctoral and Educational Specialist students also have opportunities to attain credentialing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Program faculty have diverse research and teaching interests in the following evidence-based practices:

  • Behavioral Assessment and Treatment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Early childhood intervention
  • Developmental disabilities
  • School-wide behavior supports
  • Consultation
  • Social skills
  • Diversity issues
  • Parent training
  • School-based mental health
  • Telehealth
  • Pediatric feeding disorders

Program faculty are involved in several applied clinical and research projects. Focused training and experience in the assessment and treatment of students with disabilities, as well as behavioral supports for schools is available.

The Educational Specialist degree is designed to prepare qualified and effective psychologists who will practice in schools or school-related settings. The program requires 73 semester hours for the degree which includes a 1,500-hour supervised internship. Upon completing the program, students meet Utah State Licensing Standards, as well as certification requirements for most other states. The Doctoral degree is designed to prepare psychologists who will practice in schools and other human serivce settings including:

  • clinics
  • health centers
  • hospitals
  • research and academic settings
  • and mental health agencies

The doctoral program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of graduate education and requires a total of 108 semester hours of coursework, which includes a 2,000-hour internship in school psychology.
The School Psychology Program also offers a BCBA Specialization track.  This specialized track is not mutually exclusive and it is intended to offer specialist and doctoral students additional training, elective courses, and other specialized practica and internship experiences enabling them to acquire specific skills in applied behavior analsyis.  Specialization in the BCBA track does not replace other requirements for the specialist and doctoral degrees and should not significantly increase a student's overall hours in the program.

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Related Websites

Department of Educational Psychology 

College of Education

University of Utah

Last Updated: 4/10/18