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Unique Program Features

Designed for working professionals, the School Psychology program accommodates part-time students who plan to take one or two courses per quarter, or full-time students. Students may begin the program during any quarter. Classes are offered late afternoons and evenings during the school year, and also during daytime hours in the summer session, to accommodate the professional educator.

Advanced assessment classes are small, with 12 to 15 students, to enhance contact with other students and faculty members.

Why School Psychology?

Today’s school psychologists are called upon to provide a broad range of services that support the healthy development of all students. The school psychologist is charged with making ethical and moral decisions in professional practice. The basis for leadership in this decision making is a clear dedication to child advocacy, the ability to take responsibility for the consequences of individual actions, and the moral courage to make decisions that will lead to appropriate interventions for all students.

In order to support students’ development, school psychologists work with other professionals and parents in the school environment. School psychologists use a variety of formal and informal assessment procedures to gather data for decision making related to educational programming for students. They design developmental, preventive, and remedial interventions for children and adolescents. They consult and collaborate with teachers, parents, and multi-disciplinary teams to solve problems and design programs to enhance the growth of all students.

Urgent need for school psychologists

Today’s schools face daunting challenges. School psychologists are at the forefront in trying to fulfill the complex demands of:

  • Keeping children safe from violence
  • Supporting students and teachers in meeting high academic standards
  • Helping students with serious physical and mental disabilities
  • Providing safe and supportive environments for children who may face chaos in other parts of their lives.

The state of Washington, like many other states in the country, faces a serious shortage of school psychologists at a time when the need for their services and skills in schools is greater than ever. Seattle University’s School Psychology Program prepares students with the knowledge, ethical dispositions, and skills to perform broad roles in schools. The program is grounded in a belief in the dignity and worth of every individual, with a focus on diversity, ethics and social justice. The program prepares graduates to play an active role as change agents in schools. It has been preparing school psychologists for 20 years, and has placed virtually all of its graduates in school psychology positions.