The Doctor of Psychology Program (PsyD) in School Psychology at PCOM has a clearly articulated mission and set of aims, competencies and outcomes consistent with the health service psychology model.
The mission of the PCOM School Psychology PsyD program is to train, develop, and prepare entry-level school psychologists with a focus on applied behavior analysis, empirically supported cognitive behavioral techniques, and advanced assessment. Adopting the practitioner-scholar model of education, the program prepares graduates to provide research-based direct and indirect school psychological services that promote learning and well-being of all children with sensitivity to culture and diversity. The program also trains students to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings as health service psychologists and to engage in self-care and self-reflection.
The PsyD program is designed to be completed within a minimum of five years and a maximum of seven years of study. The program will require at least 107 doctoral credits, with four years of academic coursework completed at PCOM, a dissertation, and a one year doctoral-level internship required before graduating. View the course sequence for additional information.
For more information regarding the School Psychology PsyD program, please contact Katie Garson, Coordinator of School Psychology Programs, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215-871-6463.
Department of Psychology faculty describe the role of a school psychologist and provide insight into the school psychology programs offered at PCOM.
Most faculty are highly credentialed school psychologists who are nationally renowned practitioner-scholars and researchers in the field.
The program's multicultural focus prepares school psychologists to have a positive impact on pluralistic systems and communities.
Standardized client actors immerse students in realistic experiences and clinical situations.
Students complete coursework in specialized areas such as neuropsychology in the schools, cognitive behavioral therapy, and applied behavior analysis.
The Doctor of Psychology program in School Psychology is in the process of seeking APA accreditation. Please note, APA accreditation is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to achieve this distinction.