I have my master’s degree in a field related to
school psychology. Do I need another master’s degree in educational
psychology before applying to the program?
You're not required to do another full master’s degree. However,
there are courses at the master’s level that do relate specifically to
school psychology, and you may be required to take them. You'd still
need to do the coursework required to become certified as a
With my master’s degree, can I go directly into the school psychology doctoral program?
If you applied now, we'd consider you for our specialist program
and possibly the doctoral program. If you were accepted, you may have to
spend at least one school year on a full- or part-time basis taking
courses that our students take in their first year, if deemed necessary
after a transcript review, then a second year finishing the
certification courses. That would be followed by a full-year internship
in the schools. The doctoral program would start the summer after that
internship. After certification, all of our students start working in
the schools and finish their doctoral coursework during the summers. It'd take you two to three summers after completion of the
certification to finish the doctoral coursework. Another
doctoral school internship is done during the school year after completion
of all doctoral courses, but most students are able to arrange
that at their current work site. After coursework, there are also
comprehensive examinations, followed by the dissertation.
I already have an advanced degree in clinical psychology. How many courses do I have to take to complete the specialist program?
The answer varies depending on the applicant's background. Standards of the National Association of School
Psychologists, the accrediting body for the IUP program, require
supervised experience in the schools and course work in specific areas
related not only to psychology, but to education and culture of the
schools, before one can be considered prepared to work as a school
psychologist. A review of the applicant’s transcripts and internship
experience is required to answer this question.
How many credits are required for completion of the program?
Completion of the certification program requires 33 credits.
Additional coursework may be required if deemed necessary after a
transcript review of your previous graduate coursework. For the doctoral
coursework, students take at least 30 credits of courses over three
summers. After completion of all doctoral coursework and passing of the
doctoral comprehensive examinations, students complete a six-credit
internship and nine credits of dissertation.
How long will it take to complete the program? Am I required to attend full-time?
Full-time attendance is required for the certification program. As
indicated above, your first year with us may include taking courses in
our MEd program so that you match up with our school psychology
majors. After that, your next full year of the certification program
would be devoted to coursework, and the year after that would be spent
completing a full-time internship in the schools. After certification,
all of our students start working in the schools, and those pursuing the
doctorate finish their doctoral coursework during the following
summers. It would take you two to three summers after completion of the
certification to finish the doctoral coursework. There is another
doctoral school internship done during the school year after completion
of doctoral coursework, but most of our students are able to arrange
that at their current work site. After coursework, there are
comprehensive examinations, followed by the dissertation.
What's the basic format of the summer doctoral program? Is it a summer-only program?
The doctoral program in school psychology was created with the
busy practitioner in mind. Our summer-only program allows individuals who are
credentialed as school psychologists to complete their DEd without
sacrificing their current jobs. However, the summer program is intense,
as it is our students’ only opportunity to take the doctoral courses.
have two terms each summer. The first is from the first
Monday in June until around July 1; the second is from July 5 to
approximately August 6. Our students are typically on
campus from Tuesday to Thursday at a minimum for that period. It'd take
you three summers to finish the doctoral coursework after earning
certification as a school psychologist. There is a doctoral school
internship that is served in the fall and spring semesters after
complete the doctoral coursework, but most students can
arrange their internships at their current work site. Doctoral
comprehensive examinations also occur during this year. Finally, there
is the dissertation, which starts formally after the comprehensive
examinations are passed. Finishing a doctoral program in this manner
requires some release from work for 12-month employees. Most
out-of-state students come for the 10 weeks of the summer.
How long are the summer sessions?
There are two summer sessions: approximately June 1 to July 1, and
July 5 to August 6. We expect our students to work it out with their
employers to be here for these time periods.
Is it required that I attend both terms every
summer? For a busy practitioner, the first week of June seems like a
We require students to attend both summer sessions until they complete the coursework.
Can I do the doctoral coursework online?
No required courses are offered online at the
doctoral level. There are some online courses available in the MEd and
certification programs. All classes, excluding internship, are held at our Indiana, Pa., campus.
How will my advisor be chosen?
MEd and certification students are assigned to a faculty
member for advisement. Doctoral students are assigned to the director,
Dr. Joseph Kovaleski, as an individual advisor during the first year or
so of doctoral studies (post-certification). Doctoral students should
choose an advisor by the end of their second summer
of doctoral coursework at the latest. That person becomes your individual advisor throughout the rest of your career with us.
Where do students do their internships? How are internships located?
Students working toward certification do school psychology
internships full time during the last academic year of the certification
program. Students locate the internships themselves, although a
substantial amount of information about internship opportunities is on
file in the department. Although most internships are done in a location
no more than a day’s drive away from IUP, some students are approved to
serve their internships in other areas. Most students do their
internships in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, or
New Jersey. Almost all internship sites provide stipends. Doctoral students are typically able to arrange their
internships at their current work site.
After becoming certified in school psychology,
are we able to use our job sites for the one-academic-year doctoral
You'll likely be able to use your job site for your doctoral school
internship; however, you'll need to identify a doctoral-level,
certified school psychologist to supervise you.
Are resident halls available for graduate students?
Dormitories are available, but most of our students prefer to find
housing off campus. If you would like to live on campus, please visit
the Summer Housing and Dining webpage.
There is also a program for graduate students planning to stay on
campus during the summer for less than one week at a time. More
information regarding this housing opportunity can be found on the Short Stay webpage.
For students seeking off-campus housing, we provide a list of area
housing options during the interview process. Our administrative
assistant, Diana Fatula, can offer information about local housing
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