School Psychology, PhD

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    Advance to Leadership Positions or Become a Professor

    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.

    The PhD program in School Psychology was created to help prepare you for a fulfilling career in the field. 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, 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

    Courtney McLaughlin, Associate Professor
    Room 246, Stouffer Hall
    Phone: 724-357-2299