School Psychology (Ph.D.)

WE TRAIN LEADERS IN SCIENCE AND PRACTICE.

The School Psychology Program prepares health service psychologists for research and practice. Graduates work with children, families, and schools to improve outcomes for all children.  

Our program is a traditional, full-time program. In addition to coursework, students participate in field experiences and research experiences.

Students gain the knowledge and skills for:
• Research
• Assessment
• Intervention
• Consultation
• Supervision
• Ethical and Professional Practice

Program graduates work in a variety of private and institutional settings:
• Public and private schools
• Hospitals and medical clinics
• Community-based health and educational organizations
• University settings.

Disclosure of Education & Training Outcomes

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data is for informed decision-making by prospective students, as well as others. 

Admissions

Applications are due no later than December 1st with admitted students beginning the following Fall semester. Our Admissions Policy explains the process and requires an on-site interview.

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Length of Degree and Residency Requirements

Review the requirements associated with time commitment and acquiring residency.

Commitment to Diversity

Students develop an understanding of individual differences and cultural diversity. They work with diverse populations and consider diversity in research and practice.

Degree Offered

Students completing the program obtain the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in School Psychology.  For students entering with the baccalaureate, the program requires the student to get the nonthesis option M.Ed. after completion of the first 36 credits. The doctoral degree plan includes a minimum of an additional 64 credits for all students including internship.  

The program meets criteria for the state and national credentials for practice in the schools and licensure as a psychologist in most states.

Program Requirements

Students engage in coursework as well as field experiences that are sequential and increase in complexity.  All students complete the core curriculum. Students choose an area of more in-depth coverage as they progress through the program. 

See the SPSY Student Handbook for details about our mission, required coursework, field experiences, and student performance evaluations.

Consideration of Prior Graduate Credit

In recognition that some students enter the program with a master’s or specialist’s degree in School Psychology or master’s in a related field, the program has established the Direct to the Doctorate process. 

Field Experiences

Initial field experiences occur in academic courses beginning in the first year: Students also complete at least two semesters in a community clinic, an assessment practicum, and 600 hours in the schools. Additional field experiences before the full year internship reflect the student’s interests.

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Research Apprenticeship

Students participate in mentored research activities beginning in their first year. They present as part of research at the regional, national and international convention and publish with faculty mentorship.

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