University of Minnesota, NASP Approved

Specialist and Doctoral Program

The program will be awarding 5 fellowships to incoming specialist students in the 2017-2018 academic year as part of Project PRIDES (School Psychologists Responding In Diverse Educational Settings), a training grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Fellows will engage in focused training activities to develop knowledge and skills to implement and support evidence-based multi-tiered systems of supports in high-need schools operating in culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse communities, including data-based decision making, early intervention, prevention, and contemporary models of special education eligibility determination. Information on the fellowships and how to apply is available on the program website. Faculty within the department and college also have a variety of research grants related to various aspects of engaging with diverse populations through which students may be employed through graduate research assistantships.

Specialized Training Experiences

Grants: Faculty within the department and college also have a variety of research grants related to various aspects of engaging with diverse populations through which students may be employed through graduate research assistantships.

Immersions: N/A

Retention and Recruitment

Recruitment of CLD students is part of the program's mission and targeted recruitment efforts are underway. The program is also committed to recruiting faculty from CLD background. Training future school psychologists to engage with CLD populations is a core feature of the program's goals, and all students complete at least one practicum in an urban majority/minority school setting. Funding is available through the university that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees. The university offers scholarships, fellowships, and grants to students from diverse backgrounds and those engaging in scholarship related to diversity and/or equity.

Field Placements

Students are provided with fieldwork placements (practicum, and internship) in schools serving a high number of CLD students.

Faculty

Faculty profiles can be viewed here. At least one member of the faculty is involved in community outreach or providing direct service to specific populations. Core faculty whose focus of interest and research is related to multicultural/diverse populations includes:

Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at University of Minnesota, a combination of required multicultural courses and content infused throughout the curriculum are used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues.

  • Degrees Awarded: PhD in Educational Psychology (School Psychology track); M.A. Specialist Certificate in Educational Psychology (School Psychology Track)
  • Total number of credits: MA & Specialist Certificate = 60 credits; PhD = 106
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: No
  • Student Demographics: Not Listed

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