The School Psychology Program admits students to the EdS (Educational Specialist) and PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) on-campus graduate degree programs. The EdS and PhD degrees in school psychology prepare students for the direct school-based practice of school psychology and credentialing as school psychologists and, for PhD students, careers in academic and clinical settings as faculty members, researchers, and practitioners. The degree programs in school psychology focus on the provision of school psychology services that are based on a strong foundation of research and application related to learners and learning processes. The school psychology degree programs include an integrated and sequential program of study with comprehensive coursework and supervised field experiences. Students participate in courses and seminars in assessment and data collection; interventions and decision making, prevention and consultation, professional school psychology, sociocultural foundations, psychological foundations, human development, educational foundations, statistics and research, and other areas. Students are required to participate in extensive practicum, internship, and research experiences. The on-campus EdS and PhD degree programs hold full approval from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and national recognition from NCATE.

In addition to the campus program, a distance learning program is offered through the College of Continuing Studies and combines online and intensive on-campus experiences for the MA and EdS degrees (not doctoral degrees).  Please note that, unlike the campus program, the distance learning program DOES NOT hold NASP approval.  In addition, unlike the campus program, the distance learning program is open ONLY to those applicants who already hold a valid educator certificate from a state department of education. Information about the distance learning program is provided at http://bamabydistance.ua.edu/degrees/eds-in-ed-psych-school-psychology/.

In response to COVID-19, most admission test scores (GRE/GMAT/MAT MCAT) have been waived for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021.

Program Coordinator:  Dr. June Preast


Bama By Distance

Main Campus


Dr. Heather Britnell

Clinical Assistant Professor, School Psychology

Dr. Daniel Cohen

Assistant Professor, School Psychology

School Mental Health
Educational Equity
Behavioral Assessment

Dr. June Preast

Assistant Professor, School Psychology

Consultation in Schools
Responsiveness to Intervention
Multi-tiered Systems of Support


Suzanne Gibson

Faculty Support
306D Carmichael

Michelle Harris

Student Support
306 Carmichael