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School Psychology

Earn the advanced knowledge to become a competent school psychologist. Advocate and serve the educational and mental health needs of children of diverse backgrounds to transform their lives through clinical assessment, diagnosis and intervention.

Support Student Success

School psychology is about becoming a skilled education professional who supports student success academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. In this CACREP-accredited graduate program at USD, you'll learn how to evaluate learning, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as design and implement academic and behavioral interventions that address these problems. Strengthen your sense of professional identity through training founded in social responsibility, self-awareness, diversity and inclusive excellence that prepares you to be an advocate for students. Along the way, you will form close mentorship with faculty that allows you to self-direct your program and develop professional expertise. Our students have a 100 percent pass rate on the Praxis School Psychologist examination.

Degrees & Offerings

CPE: School Psychology (Ed.S.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

Pursing your specialist degree (Ed.S.) in school psychology from USD prepares you to primarily work in public and/or private school settings. The program requires 69 credit hours and two years of in-residence study where you will gain individualized, hands-on training in evaluation, assessment, intervention, collaboration and more.

CPE: School Psychology (Ph.D.)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The nationally accredited doctoral degree at USD prepares you to work in clinical and research institutions, universities or school districts as a senior school psychologist. The program requires 110 credit hours which includes independent research, internship, clinic practicum, dissertation and additional opportunities to customize the coursework through a wide range of electives to match your professional goals.

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Graduate Admissions

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in counseling and psychology in education.
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Counseling & Psychology in Education

We'll train students to make a difference and impact the lives of others as mental health counselors, school psychologists, or human development and educational professionals.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Counseling and Psychology in Education Division. The faculty and staff of the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education train highly competent professionals seeking to make a difference as community and mental health school counselors, school psychologists and human development and educational psychology professionals. 
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Gabrielle Strouse

Associate Professor
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Daniel DeCino

Assistant Professor
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Adam Hardy

Assistant Professor
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Kristen Langellier

Assistant Professor
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Tracie Ritz


Become a School Psychologist and Transform Children's Lives

Transform the lives of children through ongoing diagnosis and interventions. Train educational professions to support student success academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally.

School Psychology Program
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A degree that reflects your passions and sets you apart

USD's graduate degrees are unique in that you can craft the program to fit your interests and career goals. You'll learn from supportive and expert faculty, and you'll also take classes from other departments across campus to expand your skillset and knowledge. All students engage in research and statistics coursework and benefit from the program's flexibility in course sequences and course selections.
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Discounted Tuition for South Dakota Teachers and Vocational Instructors

If you live in South Dakota, be sure and take advantage of the 50% reduced tuition program for currently contracted elementary/secondary teachers and vocational instructors.

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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
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This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

alum success story

USD Alumna Tayla Aasen
My undergraduate professors recommended I apply for the Educational Specialist in School Psychology program at USD. The program is very hands-on and teaches real-life skills that will influence how I can support students in my school. There is a 100% placement rate in the field and 100% pass rate on the Praxis II exam. All of these factors solidified my decision to choose USD.

Talya Aasen, Ed.S.

School Psychologist
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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