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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Psychology, PhD

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Program code: SPSYHH-PHD

The School Psychology PhD Program is ideal for psychology and/or education students looking to expand their horizons. Students can enter with a bachelor’s degree, and earn their PhD with as few as five years. Students can also enter with a masters degree and receive credit for applicable graduate-level coursework based on a review by the department. Admission into the program at all levels requires evidence of previous scholarship and/or potential for academic success, personal and professional qualities deemed necessary to function as a school psychologist, and motivation for professional excellence and leadership in the field.

Admission Criteria

We accept applications year-round, allowing you to study full-time on your way to earning an MEd in Educational Psychology, a Post-Master’s Certification in School Psychology, and a PhD in School Psychology in as little as five years. A MEd in Educational Psychology is earned after successfully completing 36 credits of the required courses (see course sequence). In most cases, students reach that degree after Year 2, Summer II.

Applications before January 15 are encouraged to ensure a spot in the program for the following fall semester. Individuals seeking admission to the program must complete the Graduate Admissions application. The following application materials are also required: two letters of recommendation, transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the General Test, goal statement, and application fees. After these materials have been received, applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be selected for interviews with the School Psychology Admissions Committee. Admission to the PhD Program is based on evaluation of the application materials, and work history, professional goals, and personal characteristics as determined during the interview. Program graduates are eligible for school psychologist certification as a Supervisor of Pupil Services through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Year One:

Note: The course sequence below is an example. Scheduling of courses is subject to change.

Year Two:

Year Two (or Year Three):

Summer: 6 credits

These summer courses will be offered every other summer of PhD students.

Year Three:

Year Three (or Year Two):

Summer: 6 credits

These summer courses will b offered every other summer for PhD students.

Year Four:

Fall and Spring: 6 credits of either

Year Five:

Fall and Spring: 6 credits of either

Total Required Credits: 99

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