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School Psychology, PhD

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    Earn Your PhD in School Psychology

    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.

    Our 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, and a PhD in School Psychology in as little as five years. Applications before January 15 are encouraged to ensure a spot in the program for the following fall semester.

    In our School Psychology PhD program, you’ll prepare for the continually changing research and the evolving role of school psychologists nationally and in Pennsylvania.

    You’ll 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

    Earn Your PhD After Entering With a Bachelor’s Degree

    Our doctoral degree in School Psychology is ideal for psychology students looking to expand their horizons beyond the clinical realm. Students can enter with a bachelor’s degree, and earn their PhD with as little as five years of full-time study.

    In the process, students can earn their MEd in Educational Psychology and Post-Master’s Certification as part of the program. By the time you hold your doctoral degree in hand, you will have all of the qualifications needed for a long and fruitful career in the field.

    Supervisor of Pupil Services Certification

    PhD students can 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. 


    Learn about the classes required for graduation in the PhD in School Psychology curriculum.

    Contact Us

    Courtney McLaughlin, Associate Professor
    Room 246, Stouffer Hall
    E-mail: cmc@iup.edu
    Phone: 724-357-2299