Please note required coursework may vary from year to year. Current students should always defer to their Program of Work for course requirements and consult with their faculty advisor / Graduate Advisor for any needed clarifications.
School Psychology doctoral students are required to complete:
- EDP Foundation Courses,
- School Psychology program courses,
- Out-of-Specialization courses,
- Qualifying Process & Dissertation, and
- Specialty Emphasis courses.
All students in the School Psychology program complete a standard scientist-practitioner-oriented school psychology curriculum during Years 1-2. Doctoral students complete one or more specialty emphases in Years 3-5.
Student coursework may vary depending on prior graduate coursework and waivers. Required courses are designed to meet relevant APA and licensure requirements. All required courses must be completed with a grade of at least B-.
Note: the first digit in a Course Number denotes the number of credit hours of the course. Example: EDP 480C Correlation & Regression Methods = 4 credit hours.
I. EDP Foundation Courses (26 credit hours)
The Educational Psychology Foundation courses represent core knowledge in educational psychology, and reflect APA guidelines requiring doctoral-level psychologists to have basic knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought and development, research methods, and applications. Foundation courses must be completed prior to the Qualifying Process.
A. Methods Foundation (17 hours)
- Prerequisite Course: EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics: prerequisite for all Methods courses.
- EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data
- EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory and Methods
- EDP 480C.4 Correlation & Regression Methods
- EDP 381C.2 Research Design & Methods for Psychology and Education
B. Development & Learning Foundation (9 hours)
Learning and Affective Foundation Course:
- EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning OR EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
Human Development & Social Foundation Courses:
- EDP 382C.2 Social Psychology
- EDP 382F.3 Life Span Development
II. School Psychology Program Coursework (43 hours)
The following Program Courses reflect three areas of training: assessment, intervention, and research, with both didactic courses and those with an emphasis on practice. Students may be able to waive some program courses if they have already completed relevant graduate work in these areas.
Professional Development (6 hours)
- EDP 385C.8 Law, Ethics, & History of School Psychology
- EDP 382D.2 History & Systems of Psychology
Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention (7 hours)
- EDP 483C.4 Individual Testing
- EDP 383C.6 Academic Assessment & Intervention
Social/Emotional Assessment and Interpersonal Intervention (6 hours)
- EDP 383C.8 Social/Emotional Assessment with Children & Adolescents
- EDP 383C.30 Developmental Psychopathology
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention (3 hours)
- EDP 384C.21 Fundamentals of Cognitive/Behavioral Interventions in Youth & Adolescents
Family Intervention (3 hours)
- EDP 384C Family & Couples Interventions
Consultation Theory and Process (6 hours)
- EDP 385C.14 School Consultation Theory & Practice
- EDP 385C Advanced Consultation, Collaboration, and Supervision
Neuropsychological Assessment (3 hours)
- EDP 382E.2 Biological Bases of Behavior
Multicultural Competency (3 hours)
- EDP 384C.18 Multicultural Counseling, or alternative approved by School Psychology Area Chair
Specialty-aligned Elective (3 hours)
Specialty-aligned EDP elective, approved by Area Chair
III. Practica and Internship (22+ hours)
Practicum in School Psychology (9 hours)
- EDP 383D Practicum in School Psychology: Level 1
- EDP 383E Practicum in School Psychology: Level 2
- EDP 383F Practicum in School Psychology: Level 3
EDP 384V Advanced Practicum (9+ hours)
- Advanced Practicum is required Year 3 through Year 4. Most students continue in Advanced Practicum in Year 5. Students typically begin Specialty Emphasis requirements in Year 3 and complete in Years 4-5. 2 semesters of 384V may be taken as part of the Specialty Emphasis detailed below. The practica required by most Specialty Emphases are not in addition to those required in Years 3-4, although many students elect to complete additional advanced practica.
Internship (3+ hours)
- EDP 193N or EDP 393N Internship in School Psychology (3 semesters)
- EDP 194.16 Internship Colloquium
IV. Out-of-Specialization Courses (9 hours)
In addition to foundation and program area requirements, students must complete additional coursework outside of their program area.
- 1 course taken outside of the EDP department (3 hours)
- 2 courses taken either in another program area within EDP or outside of the department (6 hours)
- Note: the required course EDP 382E.2 Biological Bases of Behavior may be counted as one of these courses.
V. Qualifying Process & Dissertation (13+ hours)
- Qualifying Process: EDP 395R Qualifying Process Research (2 semesters, no later than the semester in which turn in qualifying document)
- Dissertation: EDP 3/6/999W Dissertation, beginning the semester following advancement to candidacy.
VI. Specialty Emphasis (15 hours)
School Psychology doctoral students must complete at least one Specialty Emphasis depending on their area of interest and internship and employment plans. A Specialty Emphasis or track is a set of approved courses that provide the opportunity to develop competence in a particular area beyond program course requirements.
Requirements vary, but emphases generally require 9+ hours of coursework and 6+ hours of Advanced Practicum. Some students elect to complete more than one emphasis. There are two types of Specialty Emphasis: Academic Psychology, and Professional Psychology.
Specialized Competency Requirement
The Specialized Competency is required of School Psychology doctoral students to advance to Candidacy. To fulfill the requirement, students must submit research in which they have played a substantial role (i.e., their own research or a collaboration in which they have been particularly active) at a professional conference and/or submit their research for publication. This must be submitted before the student submits paperwork for advancement to candidacy.
The objective of this requirement is to provide students with experience and skills necessary for professional scholarship (e.g., research, writing, presenting a conference paper) and to further students’ identities as scholars/scientists. It is completed under the supervision of the student’s adviser, typically during the first two years of the program.
Often students will not be the primary or sole author on a resulting publication, but should be involved to a significant degree. In the rare situation where a project/paper was submitted but not accepted for presentation or publication, this part of the requirement (acceptance) may be waived with approval by the faculty adviser, Area Chair and Department Chair.
EDP doctoral students admitted without a master’s in the field must complete an en-route master’s degree before receiving the doctoral degree. The en-route degree differs substantially from the terminal School Psychology Master’s program also offered in the Department. School Psychology doctoral students planning to pursue a career in clinical work are usually advised to choose the En-Route Master’s specialization in School Psychology. Students who plan to pursue a career in academia may prefer one of the non-clinical en-route master’s degree options (note that out-of-area en-route master’s degree typically involve additional coursework/requirements). See the En-Route Master’s page for requirements.
Doctoral Portfolio Programs (Optional)
Portfolio programs are optional opportunities for doctoral graduate students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a degree in a particular discipline. A portfolio program usually consists of four thematically related graduate courses and a research presentation.