School Psychology (PsyD)


Who is the ideal candidate?

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program designed for working school psychologists. It builds on the advanced training of the certified school psychologist and his/her experiences.  Working in the field while attending the PsyD program facilitates the integration of practical experience with scholarly pursuits for a richer learning experience.

The PsyD program consists of a minimum of 61 credit hours beyond the specialist level.  PCOM admits students who are certified school psychologists and are looking for advanced doctoral study in the field of school psychology.

How does the program differ from a more traditional type of education in school psychology?

  1. The program is designed as a 61-credit program that builds upon the specialist-level training of school psychologists. Not only does admission to the program require school psychology certification, credits earned at the specialist level are credits accepted towards the advanced degree.
  2. The program requirements including the residency, internship, and research dissertation or project that can be completed while continuing to work in the field.
  3. A specialty of the program is an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy.
  4. Finally, the program draws on the unique strengths of being set in a medical community and provides students with the knowledge and skills to practice in a variety of settings. There is a tremendous need for school psychologists and physicians to collaborate on behalf of children, adolescents, and families. This has been a missing link in the care of children and PCOM is the natural place to connect these two communities and clearly address the needs of the "whole child."

Why should I enroll in this program?

  1. PCOM strives to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology by providing a comprehensive, integrated, state of the art program of study involving exciting courses, highly credentialed and qualified faculty, along with well-supervised field experiences.
  2. PCOM accepts credits for Specialist Level School Psychology.
  3. PCOM's program can be completed in as few as 3 years.
  4. PCOM offers a emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
  5. PCOM offers coursework in Neuropsychology in the Schools/Brain-based Learning.
  6. PCOM School Psychology program emphasises multicultural principles in the learning and execution of psychological practices.
  7. PCOM can enrich your education with the integrative components of coursework offered at a medical college.
  8. PCOM courses are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate your work schedule.
  9. PCOM's modern campus is conveniently located in the city of Philadelphia.

Can I apply to the program if I currently have an MA/MS/EdS degree?

Yes, you may still apply to the program. The program may allow you to transfer up to 30 credits from your previous program providing you meet certain criteria (please see the website for the criteria).

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is 5-year commitment, with the last year being a full year (or half-time over two years) internship. As the program is developmentally integrated, each year builds upon the knowledge acquired from the previous year. In the event a student is able to transfer coursework into the program, they may not have to register for every course in the sequence of courses.

What about the financial commitment?

There is no cheap way to obtain a doctoral degree. We have a great Financial Aid Department available to all of our students. Call the Financial Aid Office at 215-871-6170 or visit them on the web for further information.

Is the program accredited?

The program is in the process of seeking APA accreditation. Currently, the faculty members are working on the “Intent to Apply.” This will allow the program to submit a detailed outline of a self-study for review. Once feedback is shared regarding the “Intent to Apply” application, the program will submit a full self-study application to obtain APA accreditation. Please note, APA-accreditation is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to achieve this distinction.

Is the program geared toward working professionals?

While majority of the courses are offered in late afternoon/early evening (and some weekend), there will be some day courses and/or other commitments throughout the program. In particular, the second year of the program will require a practicum. As school psychologists primary roles are in schools, this would require the student to spend at least one day out of the week in a school setting being supervised by a credentialed school psychologist.

What is the orientation of the program?

The Department of Psychology at PCOM trains practitioner-scholars in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The School Psychology program integrates CBT with advanced assessments/interventions (i.e., neuropsychology in the schools) in the training of school psychologists.

When can I apply to the program?

PCOM has rolling admissions; therefore, a potential student can apply at any time throughout the academic course year. Please note, for a guaranteed review of application and possible early acceptance, potential students are encouraged to apply early in the process.