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Students enrich their experience by taking advantage of faculty professional connections and collaborating with faculty on papers and presentations, explains Professor Courtney McLaughlin.

We boast 100 percent employment in the field for our graduates

Work as a lead school psychologist in a school district. Advance to supervisory positions in school psychology or pupil services. Become a faculty member in a university school psychology program. We boast 100 percent employment in the field for our graduates.

The Doctoral Program in School Psychology was created to help prepare you for a career in the field. Students can start in fall 2017, allowing you to study full-time on your way to earning an MEd in Educational Psychology, a post-master’s certification, or a PhD in School Psychology.

This program provides training in the context of continually changing research and the evolving role of school psychologists nationally and in Pennsylvania.

It will help you achieve and demonstrate competence in:

  • Data-based decision-making, accountability, and information technology
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills
  • Socialization and the development of important life skills
  • Student diversity in development and learning
  • School and systems organization, policy development, and school climate
  • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health
  • Research and program evaluation
  • School psychology practice and development

Supervisor of Pupil Services Certification

Students may take additional course work and field experiences toward certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a supervisor of pupil services. Students may get their doctorate in five years: three years of coursework, followed by internships and dissertation. 

We are a National Association of School Psychologists approved programCurriculum

Find out more about the PhD in School Psychology curriculum.

Contact Us

Dr. Courtney McLaughlin, Program Coordinator, Room 246, Stouffer Hall
Phone: 724-357-2299

  • Educational and School Psychology Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 246
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2316
  • Fax: 724-357-6946
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.