School Psychology

The School Psychology area focuses on psychological and educational principles that influence the adjustment of individuals from birth to 21 years.

The program leads to a PhD in educational psychology or an EdS in school psychology and prepares professional psychologists to use their knowledge of the behavioral sciences in ways that enhance the learning and adjustment of children, their families, and their teachers. The graduate program strongly emphasizes the preparation of psychologists for academic and scholarly careers, along with a sound and comprehensive focus on the practice of psychology in schools and related applied settings.

Accreditation

The School Psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, with the most recent re-accreditation in August 2020. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation. The School Psychology doctoral program is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The School Psychology doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

The School Psychology doctoral program is also approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway
Suite 4022
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 657-0270
Email: cert@naspweb.org

Two Degree Options

PhD in Educational
Psychology

The graduate program in School Psychology leads to a PhD in Educational Psychology. Students prepare for careers as professors in colleges and universities, school psychologists in elementary and secondary schools, psychologists in community clinics and hospitals, and with other organizations that focus on psychological services for children, youth, and families. This is a five year degree program.

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Educational Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology

The EdS graduate program leads to an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology. Students prepare to be leaders in elementary and secondary schools, as well as in school districts, designing and implementing innovative and evidence-based practices to support children and youth in achieving positive academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. This is a three year degree program.

Read a full overview of the program