University of Wisconsin–Madison

Specialist and Doctoral Program

The mission of the School Psychology Program at the UW-Madison is to work actively toward inculcating issues of diversity in every aspect of its training program. The students and faculty in the School Psychology Program recognize an obligation to be aware of, sensitive to, and responsive to forms of diversity in professional activities. We work toward meeting this obligation by integrating and increasing attention given to diversity through several activities and mechanisms, including: (a) active recruitment of students and faculty with diverse backgrounds; (b) commitment to conducting research that generates new knowledge reflecting a diverse society; (c) integration of diversity issues into assessment and intervention courses; (d) encouragement and facilitation of students' participation in practicum, field work, and/or internship experiences with diverse populations; (e) development of a School Psychology colloquium series that focuses on issues of diversity; (f) maintaining an active School Psychology Diversity Committee including faculty, staff, and student members; and (g) faculty and student participation in an ongoing diversity book group.

Specialized Training Experiences

  • Grants: N/A
  • Immersions: N/A

Retention & Recruitment

Funding is available through the program that covers all or a portion of the student's tuition and/or related fees. The focus of the funding is specific to working with multicultural populations. In addition, special materials are used to recruit candidates from CLD backgrounds along with special retention strategies. UW's Graduate School also provides multi-year fellowships for some students to assist CLD students matriculate.

Field Placements

Students are provided with placements in schools serving a high number of CLD students and assigned to supervisors that have had training or experience working with diverse populations.

Program Specifics

As part of the curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, multicultural content is infused throughout the curriculum is used to enhance learning and competency in diversity issues. In addition, the school psychology program has established a Diversity Committee whose goals are to support and monitor diversity training at program, committee, and course levels, organize colloquia on diversity issues, and promote awareness of diversity in professional activities.

  • Degree Awarded: MA, PhD
  • Total number of credits: MA: 90 quarter hours; PhD: 135 hours
  • NASP-Approved: Yes
  • Bilingual Specialization: No
  • Student Demographics: At least 25 % of students come from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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