you for your interest in the University of Oregon School Psychology
program. Our nationally-recognized graduate programs provide
outstanding opportunities for students who are interested
in receiving state-of-the-art training in School Psychology.
This scientist-practitioner program operates within a cutting-edge
environment that fosters innovation, collegiality, and close
mentoring by world-class faculty. If you are interested in
a behaviorally-oriented scientist-practitioner training program that focuses on evidence-based
practices for primary prevention and early intervention, this program is for you!
Our program operates
on a quarter rather than semester schedule, with 3 quarters
per academic year, plus a summer session. We offer a 165 credit
hour Ph.D. degree, and a 90 credit hour M.S. degree. The doctoral
program typically takes 5 years to complete, including a l-year
internship experience. Students who are admitted into the
doctoral program who have previously earned a specialist or
master’s degree in school psychology may be able to
complete the program in 3 years. The master's program typically
takes 3 years of full-time study to complete, including a
l-year internship experience. In addition to the Ph.D. and
M.S. programs, we offer on a limited basis a licensure-only
program designed for practitioners who already have a master’s
degree. To view our specific program requirements and
offerings, please go to the links under the "Program
Requirements" heading on the Current
Our doctoral program
is accredited by the American Psychological Association.1
The doctoral program also has program approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.2 Both our doctoral program and master's program are approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.
The master’s program is accredited by the Oregon
Teachers Standards and Practices Commission3 for the educational licensure of school psychologists in the State of Oregon.
on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750
First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202/336-5979;
2National Association of School Psychologists, 4340
East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD, 20814; 301/657-0270;
3Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission , 465 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301; 503/378-3586; http://www.tspc.state.or.us
students are currently enrolled in the program. Our students
typically enter with backgrounds in psychology, education,
or related fields. They represent diverse areas of
the United States, several other nations, and vary in age,
ethnic and cultural background, and prior experiences.
undergraduate and graduate students attend the University
of Oregon, which has over 1,400 teaching and research faculty.
The University is located in Eugene, the hub of a metropolitan
area with a population of approximately 350,000. Nestled at
the southern end of the beautiful Willamette Valley about
100 miles south of Portland, the University is only a one-hour
drive to the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour's drive to
the Cascade Mountains. The temperate climate and unparalleled
geographic diversity and beauty of this area provide for a
wonderful outdoor-oriented environment in which to live and
work. Eugene was rated as one of the top five university communities
in the west in a recent edition of Sunset Magazine.
In addition to the beautiful physical location of the University
of Oregon and the tremendous outdoor recreation possibilities,
the University and surrounding community provide outstanding
cultural opportunities, including the Oregon Bach Festival,
the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Oregon Country
Fair, Eugene’s famous Saturday Market, and NCAA Division-I-A
athletic teams. In addition, Eugene is a frequent stop for
national touring performing artists.
The School Psychology
Program is housed within the Department of Special Education
and Clinical Sciences of the College of Education. Students take coursework from
faculty across the College’s programs and from other
departments outside the College (e.g., Psychology). In addition,
the College of Education houses several research centers and
provide opportunities for faculty and students alike,
including the Institute on Violence and
Destructive Behavior, the Center for Education and Community
Supports, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Institute
for Development of Educational Achievement, and the Child and
The 2008-2009 "Best
Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News and World
Report ranked the University of Oregon's College of Education
as the 5th best public graduate college of education in the
nation, and the first overall for faculty productivity in funded research (per faculty member in the top 35 schools surveyed).
Our students take
coursework within seven general domains, including:
and Educational Foundations
- Statistics and
- Methods of School-Based
- Practicum Experiences
- Internship Experience
A complete list
of current coursework requirements for both the doctoral and
master’s programs is found in our Graduate Student Handbook.
A PDF version of the most recent Handbook can be accessed
from the homepage or in the Current Students area
of this website.
attend the University of Oregon find themselves in one of the
top applied educational research centers in the world. The
nationally-recognized faculty in the School Psychology program
and in other graduate programs in the College of Education
direct projects that are on the cutting edge of applied
research in education. These projects encapsulate a wide range
of innovative activities designed to promote development and
educational success in children, adolescents, and their
families. The School Psychology Program faculty maintain
active research programs in function-based assessment and
behavior support, assessment of early literacy growth,
assessment and intervention of social-emotional
problems of children and youth, promoting social and
emotional learning and resiliency in schools, and effective
interventions for high-risk and antisocial youths.
The special opportunities
provided by one of the nation’s top research Colleges
of Education are enhanced further by collaboration with other
nationally recognized research centers in the community. The
Oregon Social Learning Center
is a private research and service center that provides research
and intervention opportunities with a wide range of children
and families, from understanding the normal development of
children to treating youth with severe conduct disorders.
The Oregon Research Institute
has been conducting human services research for 40 years and
has more than 35 active research projects, ranging from studies
of smoking prevention to community-based interventions to
promote positive child and adolescent development. The Pacific
Institutes for Research is a private research center activity
conducting educational research in areas of literacy, bilingual
education, and instructional interventions. The
Dynamic Measurement Group,
founded by the creators of the Dynamic Indicators of Beginning
Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), is closely associated with the
school psychology program, and includes on its staff several
participating faculty in our program. The UO School
Psychology Program has historical partnerships and opportunities
for collaboration with each of these four research centers.
We value the diversity
of backgrounds and characteristics that our students bring
to the training program, and we actively seek to maintain
and increase this diversity. American public schools reflect
the rapidly increasing cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity
of our nation, and we believe that it is essential for school
psychologists to be prepared to be effective with students
from a diversity of backgrounds. We are interested in recruiting
students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds
to our program.
There are particular
opportunities for our students to work in public schools and
on research projects where Spanish language competency and
interest in working with Latino children and their families
is of particular importance. The Hispanic/Latino population
is the most rapidly growing ethnic minority group in the State
of Oregon and the surrounding region. Thus, we can provide
specially-targeted training opportunities for students who
have Spanish language skills, and knowledge and interest regarding
Latino cultural issues.
The following is
a list of resources and contacts related to diversity on the
UO campus and in the Eugene-Springfield community that may
be useful to prospective students:
process involves a two step procedure: 1. Completion of an
online general graduate student application from the University
of Oregon Graduate School, and 2. Completion of the school
psychology program's printed application form and submission
of other materials by mail to the program's academic secretary.
Completed application packets must be received by January
5, 2010 to be considered for admission for Fall, 2010.
Faculty will review completed applications shortly after the
January 5 deadline. Applicants are evaluated on: (1) academic
record, (2) letters of recommendation, (3) previous related
work or experiences, (4) the applicant's written statement of
purpose, and (5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test
Mean Undergraduate GPA of Incoming Students: 3.62
Mean GRE Scores (Verbal + Quantitative): 1130.29
After the initial
file screening, finalists will be selected and invited for
on-campus interviews on February 18, 2011. Offers of
admission will be made following the on-campus interview process.
We typically receive approximately 70-100 applications annually,
and 10-12 applicants typically are offered admission. Of those
applicants who are offered admission, 8-10 new students typically
enter the program each year. More than 90% of first-year students
typically return for the remaining years.
HERE for more information
about applying to the UO School Psychology Program and to
download the required program application form.
are eligible for several sources of possible funding, including
(a) any available training grants, (b) a small number of graduate
teaching and research fellowships, and (c) a limited number
of scholarships and research awards. Graduate Fellowships
provide a modest salary (ranging from approximately $6,000-$13,000
per academic year, depending on the level of FTE), and all
instructional fees (tuition charges), not including student
fees. Some travel funds and special scholarships are available
for recruiting students from ethnic minority groups. Additional
information on University scholarship and loan programs is
available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1278
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1278. The website for
this office is located at http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/.
Deadlines for University financial aid applications
are usually prior to February 1.
The following tuition
and basic fee rates have been set by the UO for the 2009-2010
academic year: Resident/in-state –
$4,232 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16 credit
hours, or $12,696 for the academic year; Non-Resident/out-of-state
– $5,996 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16
credit hours, or $17,988 for the academic year. Click here
for a link to the UO Registration website for detailed tuition
and fee structure information.
graduate residence halls and student family housing may be
obtained by writing to the Housing Office, 1220 University
of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1220, http://housing.uoregon.edu
Our detailed program
information brochure for prospective students may be viewed
and printed by clicking
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). You may also request a brochure
and application materials by mail.
for answers to frequently asked questions regarding our program.
If, after reading
the information on this webpage, you have any additional questions
about applying for 2008-2009 admission to the program, please
contact our graduate secretary, Emily Cornell by e-mail
or by phone (541-346-1638).
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