Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD) program at PCOM has a clearly
articulated mission and set of aims, competencies and outcomes consistent with the
health service psychology model.
Highlights of PCOM's PsyD in School Psychology program include:
- Program faculty who are highly credentialed school psychologists and nationally renowned practitioner-scholars
and researchers in the field.
- A multicultural focus which prepares school psychologists to have a positive impact
on pluralistic systems and communities.
- Standardized client actors who immerse students in realistic experiences and clinical
- Coursework in specialized areas such as neuropsychology in the schools, cognitive
behavioral therapy and applied behavior analysis.
The PsyD in School Psychology program can be completed in as few as five years, including coursework, practicum, internship and dissertation.
Graduates of the PsyD program qualify for the Examination of Professional Practice
of Psychology (EPPP) for partial fulfillment of the requirements for professional
PCOM PsyD in School Psychology Program Mission
The mission of the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program is to prepare
doctoral-level school psychologists with a focus on applied behavior analysis, cognitive
behavior intervention, and comprehensive psychoeducational assessment in the schools.
Adopting the practitioner-scholar model of training and a competency-based model of
education, the program prepares graduates to provide ethical, empirically-based direct
and indirect school psychological services that promote learning and the well-being
of all children and families with sensitivity to culture and diversity. The program
provides an integration of psychological and educational science and practice in order
to facilitate healthy development and learning among school-aged populations.
Program Aim and Competencies
The aim of the program is to prepare graduates to be entry level health service psychologists
with a specialization in school psychology.
The program prepares graduates across several profession-wide competencies including:
- Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Ethical and legal standards
- Individual and cultural diversity
- Professional values and attitudes
About the PsyD Program
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 111 doctoral credits,
with four years of academic coursework completed at PCOM, a dissertation, and a one
year doctoral-level internship required before graduating. The PsyD program is a full-time
program with a minimum of two days a week of required practicum experiences that begin
in the second year of the program. View the course sequence and field training description for additional information.
For more information, please contact:
PCOM Office of Admissions
Phone: 215-871-6700 | Fax: 215-872-6719
School psychologists support the educational, emotional and social well-being of school-aged
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- Program graduates will be prepared to serve children, youth and families in schools,
hospitals, community health clinics and a variety of other mental health settings.
- Graduates will be fully prepared to assume the role and responsibility of the school
psychologist with specialized training in advanced assessment practices and applied
behavior analytic and cognitive behavioral interventions.
Application Process and Requirements
Applications to the PsyD program will be considered throughout the year. Visit our
application requirements page to learn about course prerequisites, program requirements, the application process
Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid
PCOM’s School Psychology PsyD program is accredited on contingency by the Commission
on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
Accredited on contingency is an APA-accredited status and designates that the program
is consistent, substantively and procedurally, with APA's Standards of Accreditation
with the exception of the provision of outcome data. The PsyD Program in School Psychology
at PCOM began accepting students in 2016 and graduated its first cohort in 2021. As
such, we do not yet have the full complement of outcome data available. Students that
graduate from a program with this accreditation status have completed an APA-accredited
program. APA has granted the PsyD program in School Psychology at PCOM accredited
on contingency status through October 20, 2024.
For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the
accreditation status of PCOM’s School PsyD program, please contact:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242