School psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students, strengthening connections between home and school. Further information about School Psychology can obtained from the National Association of School Psychologists.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, effective teaching, and school organization. In addition to a Master's Degree, further graduate training of at least 30 credits, including a year-long internship is required for certification. Newly trained school psychologists in Wisconsin will also earn their Education Specialist degree (Ed. S.) following additional coursework and a specialists project. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB) via the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).
The School Psychology Program Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction supports school psychologists, school districts, universities, state agencies, professional organizations, and parents regarding how to best meet the educational needs of children and the role of comprehensive school psychology services. The Consultant is a member of the Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team, and collaborates closely with the Special Education Team at DPI. For more information go to the DPI Site.
For more information contact:
Phone: (715) 682-2363 Ext. 112