School Psychology Ph.D.
Become a leader in helping schools and communities succeed
Accredited by APA and approved by NASP/NCATE, the doctoral program in school psychology prepares you to become a leader in the field of school psychology. You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential, and the license to practice psychology. You can become a university faculty member, conduct research, work with students, staff, and families in schools, or work with children and youth in other settings as a licensed psychologist.
Doctoral-level school psychologists work in universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices. The program emphasizes preparation of future faculty, so all students are trained not only as researchers, but in higher education teaching, supervision, and mentoring.
in-demand and well-compensated
- 100% of our students are fully funded and employed after graduation*
- Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022**
- Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000***
- Mean 9-month salary (university faculty): $77,800**
- Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data
*Percentages of students since 2012
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
***National Association of School Psychologists
School psychology Ph.D. students generally complete 4 years of coursework and dissertation, followed by a year-long internship. All students are prepared to be scientist-practitioners through coursework in research methods and statistics, and the completion of a supervised research project.
- See the program handbook for a full description of research expectations and requirements.
- Download the program sequence for more information on required coursework, fieldwork, exams and research activities by quarter.
- Visit the Educational Psychology Ph.D. course catalog for full course listings and descriptions.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
How to apply
"I came here to study with some of the most knowledgeable school psychology faculty members in the nation."
Alaa HouriPh.D. student | email@example.com
Interests: Race and culture in special education
Post-grad plans: Faculty member and instructor
- Developing and evaluating assessments and data systems used in schools that:
- Identify students who are at risk to develop disabilities
- Design intervention programs to prevent or remediate skill deficits
- Monitor progress of students and effect of intervention programs