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 108 credit hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.VIEW APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
The Doctor of Psychology program in School Psychology is in the process of seeking APA accreditation and recently had an accreditation site visit. A decision regarding the program's accreditation application will be updated as it becomes available. Please note, APA accreditation is not guaranteed, but every effort will be made to achieve this distinction.