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Multicultural and/or Bilingual Programs

University of Minnesota
Specialist and Doctoral Program

The University of Minnesota's school psychology program is designed to prepare school psychologists who have a strong and broad-based knowledge of psychology, educational psychology, and child development, and are prepared to apply that knowledge to school settings. It is one of the oldest and most well established graduate programs in school psychology in the country. Faculty recruit students with diverse cultural backgrounds infuse research into training, collaborate with students and colleagues to disseminate research, engage with the community, provide continuing education for school psychologists, and continue to strengthen supervised field placements.


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

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


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: