College of Education and Professional Studies

School Psychology

"School Psychology was ranked the #1 Best Social Service Job and #17 on the list of The 100 Best Jobs according to U.S. and World Report News.  With a Median Salary of $67,760 and an Unemployment Rate of 0.2% the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an employment growth rate of 11.3 percent by 2022."

Program Philosophy and Goals

The School Psychology program at UCO is a NASP accredited program leading to state and national certification as a specialist-level school psychologist.  The program is designed to prepare school psychologists who work at the specialist level with children, youth, and families to prevent and solve individual, school and family-related problems.  Our philosophy is that all children and youth have the right to maximize their personal potential, gain social competencies, and accomplish meaningful goals.  The program embraces an ecological-behavioral philosophical framework to guide training of practitioners by providing students with the tools to change behaviors within the context of the school, classroom, and family.  Students are also trained within the scientist-practitioner framework in order to examine prevailing theories and practice in order to develop a professional model of practice that employs evidence-based decision making and emphasizes accountability. 

Embedded within the School Psychology Curriculum is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst course sequence.  Students completing the program are then eligible to obtain board certification as a BCBA and pursue state licensure through OKDHD DDSD to provide behavior analysis services in Oklahoma.  For more information regarding the BCBA course sequence please visit (link to BCBA website).  

Students have a variety of practice opportunities during the program at UCO including:

  • Development and Implementation of Response to Intervention in local school districts
  • Providing parent and staff training's
  • Designing and conducting research
  • Development and implementation of academic and behavioral intervention
  • Consulting with teachers, administrators, parents, and related service providers
  • Comprehensive assessment of learning and behavioral difficulties in children and adults
  • Applied practice with a wide variety of treatment populations and client diversity

Student Learning Objectives

For more information regarding program requirements, course sequence and the program Handbook please visit the links below: