Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology

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Total Hours Required

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the doctoral program depends upon the individual degree program. The applicant should contact the director of the appropriate doctoral program for details. In general, students entering with a bachelor’s degree will complete 120 semester credit hours.


School Psychology doctoral students spend a minimum of four semesters in practicum placements. Students will consult with the Practicum Coordinator to arrange for appropriate placements.


School Psychology doctoral students must complete a full-time, 1500-2000 hour internship over a period of one year or 10 consecutive months. At least 600 hours must be in a school setting. A full year, full-time APA or APPIC accredited internship is recommended. The student will consult with the Internship Coordinator in order to arrange for appropriate placement. The internship cannot begin until the student has been admitted to candidacy, which requires the successful completion of all required coursework and comprehensive exams.

Research Tools

Required research tools include the following:

PSY 5353Research Design3
PSY 5304Advanced Psychological Statistics I4
PSY 6204Advanced Psychological Statistics II4
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology (Taken twice)2

Special Requirements

A student is required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in courses applied to the doctoral degree. If a grade of ‘C’ or less is earned in a course, the student will be required to meet with her/his program committee. The program committee and the student shall determine appropriate steps for remediation. If a second grade of ‘C’ or less is earned (in at least six semester credit hours total), the student will be dismissed from the program.

Residence Requirement

A one year full-time pre-doctoral internship is required to meet the requirements for graduation and licensure. All coursework, internship, and dissertation must be completed within ten years, excluding any official leaves-of-absence.

Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive evaluation includes the following: a written integrative essay that is orally defended over core psychological foundations; a theoretical philosophy paper; a clinical skills oral presentation and defense of both the theoretical philosophy paper; an actual case study; and an intervention study. The content, format, administration, and evaluation of the comprehensive exam will be the responsibility of the core faculty. Students who fail any portion of the comprehensive exam process will be provided with remediation plans and subsequent measures for reevaluation of student progress. A student may be dismissed from a program if remediation is not completed in a satisfactory manner. Upon successful completion of all coursework and the comprehensive competency evaluation, the doctoral student is recommended for candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

Dissertation and Final Examination

All students must complete an empirical dissertation. An oral defense of the dissertation is required. The defense may be repeated once.

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology Program of Study (120 semester credit hours)

Required Research Courses (19 SCH)
PSY 5304Advanced Psychological Statistics I4
PSY 5353Research Design3
PSY 6204Advanced Psychological Statistics II4
PSY 6961Research Team1
PSY 6961Research Team1
PSY 6983Dissertation3
PSY 6993Dissertation3
Psychological Foundations (22 SCH)
PSY 6103Cognition and Emotion3
PSY 6133Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSY 6383Cross Cultural Psychology3
PSY 6613Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSY 6633Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Psychology3
PSY 6774Foundations of Social Psychology and Personality4
PSY 6833Ethics in Psychology3
Professional Competencies (60 SCH)
PSY 5423Cognitive Assessment3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 5463Academic Assessment and Curriculum Interventions3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 5473Social-Emotional Assessment in Children3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 5554Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy4
PSY 5803Introduction to School Psychology3
PSY 6143Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders In Children3
PSY 6233Preschool and Low-Incidence Assessment3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6423Psychopathology and Exceptionalities in Childhood and Adolescence3
PSY 6523Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques I3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6533Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques II3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6583Neuropsychopharmacology3
PSY 6673Therapeutic Interventions for Children and Adolescents3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6693Advanced Therapy Intervention for Children and Adolescents3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6703Direct Behavioral Interventions3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6853Supervision and Consultation Psychology3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
PSY 6873Advanced Consultation3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology1
Doctoral Required Applied Practice (19 SCH)
PSY 6911Independent Study (Practicum in Supervision)1
PSY 6923Supervised Practicum (School Based I)3
PSY 6923Supervised Practicum (School Based II)3
PSY 6923Supervised Practicum (Counseling)3
PSY 6923Supervised Practicum (Neuropsychology)3
PSY 6933Internship in Psychology3
PSY 6933Internship in Psychology3
Total Semester Credit Hours120