Field Experience  
School Psychology (PsyD)

In addition to required coursework, candidates complete a series of field experiences. View the sections below for details about the program requirements.


Each student must satisfy the residency requirement within the first year. In the School PsyD Program “residency” reflects an intensive commitment to the program by being on campus for a significant period of the program. Candidates in the PsyD program must earn 21 credits within one 12-month period. This is designed to occur in the first year of the program and allows students the opportunity to develop an affiliation with faculty, colleagues and the profession.

Practicum and Externship

Students begin their field experiences in the final term of their first year and continue to engage in practical experiences throughout the program.  

First Year
Students complete a one term practicum that focuses on completing a Functional Behavioral Analysis.

Second Year
All students complete a year-long practicum in the William Penn School District as well as three terms of practicum seminar. Each seminar has a specific concentration that includes: Applied Law & Ethics, School-Wide Practices and Family-School Partnerships.

Third Year
Students complete a year-long practicum in a non-comprehensive school as well as three terms of practicum seminar. Each seminar has a specific concentration that dovetails into the integration of developmental aspects of behavior with the other aspects of behavior described above. The areas of concentration include: cognitive, social-emotional and biological-physical development.

Fourth Year
Students complete a year-long school-based externship as well as three terms of externship seminar. The externship must be at least 600 hours in a comprehensive school to fulfill the requirement for certification as a school psychologist (the EdS credential). 

Fifth Year
All students complete a year-long internship. Students are strongly encouraged to secure an APA-Accredited internship.  Those who do not, will attend a year-long internship seminar.


The internship provides the school psychology doctoral student with an intensive, supervised work experience to develop, practice and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before becoming a doctoral level school psychologist. Internship may not be completed in less than one year, as per the requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the National Register for Health Service Providers, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology for pre-doctoral internships. Students work collaboratively with the Director of Clinical training to secure approved placements.

  • 1,500 to 2,000 hours
  • Full-time (40 hrs per week) for one year
  • OR half time (20 hrs per week) for two years
  • Face-to-face individual supervision by a doctoral-level licensed psychologist for a minimum of 2 hours per week
  • Bi-monthly seminar classes held on campus