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School Psychology Program Summary

Over the past few years the National School Psychology Database Project, a subcommittee of the NASP Graduate Education Task Force, has worked to collect information from all school psychology graduate preparation programs** within the United States. The intent is to regularly collect program, faculty, and student demographic information to maintain the accuracy of the data. This information can serve to inform the workforce and provide a resource for prospective students. The Task Force includes representatives from NASP, Trainers in School Psychology (TSP), American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP). A summary of some of the data available is provided below. Visit the National School Psychology Database to review data at the program level.

Students and Interns in School Psychology Graduate Preparation Programs in the U.S. in 2012–2013
Type of Program Applications Received Students Accepted Enrolled First-Year Year Students Interns Total Enrolled Students
Specialist
6396
(67%)
2901
(75%)
2111
(78%)
1957
(78%)
6565
(70%)
Doctoral
3157
(33%)
967
(25%)
590
(22%)
566
(22%)
2792
(30%)
Total
9553
3,868
2,701
2,523
9,357

During the 2010–2011 academic year, 239 universities in the United States provided graduate preparation in school psychology at the specialist or doctoral levels.** Of these, 148 were specialist only programs, 24 were doctoral only programs, and 67 had both a specialist and doctoral program, for a total of 306 programs.

Students and Interns in School Psychology Graduate Preparation Programs in the U.S. in 2010–2011
Type of
Program
Newly Admitted
Students
First-Year
Students Enrolled
Interns Total Enrolled
Students
Specialist
(215 programs)
2,261
(80%)
2,358
(82%)
2,106
(81%)
7,183
(72%)
Doctoral
(91 programs)
562
(20%)
515
(18%)
498
(19%)
2,804
(28%)
Total
(306 programs)
2,823
2,873
2,604
9,987

** Includes only programs that lead to state certification or licensure.