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The Utah State Psychology Department's School Psychology EdS program will not be accepting applications for fall 2022 and beyond. The School Psychology PhD specialization is accepting applications and students for fall 2022 and beyond. Get more information about applying here
School psychology

School Psychology

The Utah State University Psychology Department offers both educational specialist (EdS) and doctoral (PhD) degrees in psychology with an emphasis in school psychology. The EdS Program prepares school psychologists who function primarily as practitioners in educational settings, whereas the PhD specialization prepares professionals who can work in research institutions and practice in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice).

School psychologists work to support the behavioral/mental health and educational success of youth and their caregivers. Training focuses on developing scientific problem-solving skills as well as broad competencies in assessment, intervention, and consultation. Emphasis is placed on culturally-competent, ethically-informed, and legally-compliant practice in collaborative, interdisciplinary settings.

The School Psychology specialiation features accomplished faculty with expertise in the areas of school mental health, mindfulness-based intervention, autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities, self-regulated learning, and parent training.

The School Psychology specialization is part of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and housed on the Logan campus in the Education Building. Learn more about applying to the USU Psychology Department, how students are funded, and a week-in-the-life of students in our department.

Course Highlights

Introduction to School Psychology | Assessment of Autism and Related Disabilities | Behavioral and Mental Health Intervention in School Psychology


  • Accepting Students for Fall 2022
  • APA Accredited (2021 - 2026)
  • Admitted to work with a Major Professor
  • 5 years + 1 year internship
  • Full tuition award & assistantship w/ stipend
  • Training in scientific psychology, health service psychology
  • Thesis & dissertation projects
  • Extensive research lab experience
  • Several years of part-time practicum
  • Psychology internship
  • Employed as practitioners in a variety of settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, private practice) or as faculty at universities and research institutes


  • Not Accepting Students for Fall 2022 or beyond
  • NASP Approved
  • Admitted to work with a Major Professor
  • 2 years + 1 year internship
  • Out of state tuition waiver for year 1 + assistantship w/ stipend
  • One-year, part-time practicum in schools
  • Thesis project
  • Extensive research lab experience
  • School-based internship
  • Satisfies requirements for school psychology licensure/certification
  • Meets requirements for credentialing as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Employed primarily as practitioners in schools or other educational settings.


The School Psychology PhD Program was established in the 2018–19 academic year. The Program has been granted initial accreditation by the American Psychological Association for the period of May 11, 2021–May 11, 2026 (5 years). Answers to questions regarding accreditation and related standards are available through APA:

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Washington, DC 20002-442
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Dislosure of Educational Requirements for Licensure by State

The PhD specialization adheres to APA accreditation standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of health service psychology with an emphasis in school psychology. The EdS Program adheres to NASP training standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of school psychology. Given the varied and changing requirements across jurisdictions, we have not determined and cannot assure that graduates will meet all requirements for licensure in all states or territories. Students are encouraged to become familiar with relevant state licensing laws and discuss their curricular plan with their major professor and specialization director.

This specialization meets requirements in Utah.

USU has not determined if the specialization meets requirements in: AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MP, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UM, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.

School Psychology Faculty and Lab Pages

The Self-Regulated Learning Lab | Greg Callan

The Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) Lab examines the development of innovative measurement tools to examine processes, the development of interventions to foster SRL, and how educators and school psychologists can support the development of SRL.

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab | Maryellen McClain Verdoes

The AND Lab is a research group that investigates Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, psychological and psychoeducational assessment and cultural and linguistic diverse student populations.


Gretchen Gimpel Peacock

Dr. Peacock's lab is only accepting students for mentorship in the School Psychology EdS Program.  

Tyler Renshaw | School Mental Health Lab

Tyler’s lab focuses on the research of mental health, wellbeing, and mindfulness in schools.