With my bachelor’s degree, can I go directly into the
doctoral School Psychology program?
The School Psychology program at IUP is a multiple-entry-level
program, allowing students to pursue an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology,
post-master’s certification as a school psychologist, or a D.Ed. in
School Psychology. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree are invited to
apply to our M.Ed. program, and, during completion of master’s-level
coursework (first year), students may apply for admittance into our
certification or doctoral program. Students admitted to the doctoral
program after completion of their master’s coursework will earn
certification as a school psychologist as they progress toward the
doctorate. Students may also apply to the doctoral program while
pursuing certification as a school psychologist (second and third year).
Do I need a teaching certificate to apply to the program?
You don't need a teaching certificate or teaching experience to
apply to the master’s program. Although students currently enrolled in
the program have different majors, some experience with psychology is
beneficial but not mandatory.
How many credits are required for completion of the program?
Completion of the master’s coursework requires 33 (thesis option) or
36 credits (non-thesis option). To complete the certification program,
an additional 33 credits are required. For the doctoral coursework,
students take at least 30 credits of coursework 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 on a full-time basis?
Although students may pursue the master’s (M.Ed.) program on a
part-time basis, most choose to attend full time. Full-time attendance
is required for the certification program (second and third years). The
second year of the program is devoted to coursework, and the third year
is spent completing a full-time internship in the schools. A full-time
student can obtain certification in School Psychology from IUP in three
years. 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
What is the basic format of the summer doctoral program? Is the doctoral program a summer-only program?
The doctoral program in School Psychology at IUP was created with the
busy practitioner in mind. Our summer-only program allows individuals
credentialed as school psychologists to complete their D.Ed. without
sacrificing their current jobs. However, the summer program is intense,
as it is our students’ only opportunity to take the doctoral courses. We
have two terms each summer. The first term is from the first Monday in
June until around July 1, and the second term is from just after July 4
to approximately August 6. Our students are typically on campus from
Tuesday to Thursday at a minimum for that period. It would 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 terms after students
complete the doctoral coursework, but most of our students are able to
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 twelve-month employees. Most
out-of-state students come for the ten 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 that time period.
Is it required that I attend both terms every
We require that students attend both summer sessions until you complete the coursework.
Can I do the doctoral coursework online?
No required courses are offered online via distance education at the
doctoral level. There are some online courses available in the M.Ed. and
certification programs. All classes, excluding internship, are held
here at our Indiana, Pa., campus.
How is the selection of the individual advisor made?
M.Ed. and certification students are assigned to one of the faculty
members 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 a doctoral dissertation advisor by the end of their second summer
of doctoral coursework at the latest. That person becomes the student’s
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 third academic year of their 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 to their interns. Doctoral
students are typically able to arrange their internships at their
current work site.
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