FAQs
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 individuals with a bachelor's degree in psychology (or closely related field) and, or, a MA/MS degree who are committed to working with children, youth, and families in educational settings. The PsyD program consists of a minimum of 107 credit hours.  

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 offers an emphasis in cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis, and advanced assessment.
  3. PCOM offers coursework in Neuropsychology in the Schools/Brain-based Learning.
  4. PCOM School Psychology program emphasizes multicultural principles in the learning and execution of psychological practices.
  5. PCOM can enrich your education with opportunities for interprofessional education with other disciplines found within a medical college. 
  6. PCOM has a state-of-the-art Clinical Learning & Assessment Center that offers simulated learning experiences.
  7. 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 as determined in consultation with the program director.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is a minimum 5-year commitment, with the last year being a full year (or half-time over two years) internship. The curriculum is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity, with each year building upon the knowledge acquired from the previous year. The required dissertation is designed to be completed prior to the end of the internship.

Is financial aid available?

The Office of Financial Aid is available to all of our students. Visit the Contact Financial Aid page for  office hours, location and contact numbers. 

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Is the program accredited?

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.

Can I work while completing the program?

While the majority of the courses are offered in the late afternoon/early evening (and some weekends), there will be some day courses and/or other commitments throughout the program. In particular, the second, third, fourth, and fifth years of the program will require field training. As school psychologists' primary roles are in schools, this would require the student to spend two or more days out of the week in a school setting being supervised by an appropriately credentialed psychologist.

What is the theoretical orientation of the program?

Using a practitioner-scholar model of training, the School Psychology program integrates cognitive behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis with advanced assessments/interventions (i.e., neuropsychology in the schools) in the training of school psychologists to work with children, families, and schools.

When can I apply to the program?

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

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