The Department of School Psychology houses programs that are dedicated to training practitioners and scholars from cognitive-behavioral and applied behavior analysis empirically-based models to provide services to children and youth in educational and related settings.
The Department houses the MS, EdS, and PsyD programs in School Psychology, the PhD in Educational Psychology, and the online certificate programs in Applied Behavior Analysis. Students in the MS, EdS, and PsyD programs are trained to provide psychological services including assessment, treatment, consultation, program development and evaluation while focusing on interprofessional collaboration, advocacy, individual and cultural diversity, and serving the underserved. Students in the PhD program receive advanced training in educational and psychological processes involved in learning in order to inform instructional procedures and aid in student success. Students in the certificate programs gain solid skills in the areas of comprehensive behavioral assessment, intervention and consultation.
At PCOM, school psychology graduate students focus on understanding the whole person in a manner that is consistent with the osteopathic philosophy of the university. Our faculty includes highly credentialed and respected practitioners and scholars in the specialty of school psychology who mentor students and provide a collaborative learning environment.
Classes are offered at convenient, flexible times and formats for working individuals. PCOM's programs are unique in their use of standardized client actors, immersing students in realistic experiences and clinical situations. School psychology programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine offer students an integrated, competency-based curriculum specific to each program.
Jessica Glass Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D
Chair, Department of School Psychology
Director of MS program in School Psychology and ABA Certificate Programs
In combination, the MS/EdS programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as an approved Institute of Higher Education (IHE) for the school psychology certification program. The MS/EdS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
The MS program is also approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) to provide the course content required for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential.
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 will graduate 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