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 112 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 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 5304Advanced Psychological Statistics I4
PSY 5353Research Design3
PSY 6204Advanced Psychological Statistics II4
PSY 6961Research Team (to be taken one time)1

Special Requirements

A student is required to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in courses applied to the doctoral degree. If a grade of C or lower 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 lower is earned (in at least six semester credit hours total), the student may 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 assessment 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 the 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.

Course Electives

Students are allowed to take additional elective coursework that is not a part of the required doctoral program.  Elective coursework is offered on a rotating basis.  The following courses may be taken:

PSY 6233 Preschool Assessment

PSY 6923 Supervised Practicum (Elective)

 Additional courses offered through the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology or other departments within the University may be taken as elective credit (not part of required doctoral program).

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology Program of Study (112 semester credit hours)

Required Research Courses
PSY 5304Advanced Psychological Statistics I4
PSY 5353Research Design3
PSY 6204Advanced Psychological Statistics II4
PSY 6961Research Team (to be taken one time)1
PSY 6983Dissertation3
PSY 6993Dissertation3
Psychological Foundations
PSY 6103Cognition and Emotion3
PSY 6113Measurement and Psychometric Theory3
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
PSY 5423Cognitive Assessment3
PSY 5463Academic Assessment3
PSY 5473Social-Emotional Assessment of Children3
PSY 5533Evidence-Based Intervention: Academic3
PSY 5803Introduction to School Psychology3
PSY 6143Neurodevelopmental and Genetic Disorders In Children3
PSY 6253Autism Spectrum Disorders3
PSY 6423Psychopathology and Exceptionalities in Childhood and Adolescence3
PSY 6444Theory and Practice of Counseling With Children and Adolescents4
PSY 6523Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques I3
PSY 6533Neuropsychological Assessment Techniques II3
PSY 6583Neuropsychopharmacology3
PSY 6673Therapeutic and Crisis Interventions for Children and Adolescents3
PSY 6693Advanced Therapy Intervention for Children and Adolescents3
PSY 6703Direct Behavioral Interventions3
PSY 6853Supervision and Consultation Psychology3
PSY 6931Practicum in Applied Psychology (to be taken twice)2
Doctoral Required Applied Practice
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 Psychology (to be taken two times)6
Total Semester Credit Hours112