The Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program builds upon the specialist level
training of in-practice school psychologists to prepare them to be leaders in psychoeducational
services to children, youth and families. The program trains practitioner-scholars
with an emphasis in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and neuropsychology in the school.
The curriculum integrates the Department of Psychology's interdisciplinary core graduate
courses, the competencies listed by the Council of Directors of School Psychology
programs (CDSPP) and the core areas recommended by the National Association of School
Psychology (NASP). PCOM's PsyD program in school psychology is approved by the National
Association of School Psychologists and ASPPB (Association of State and Provincial
More information about the PsyD in School Psychology
An applicant to the doctor of psychology in school psychology must have completed
a master?s degree in school psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited
college or university, with a grade point average of 3.00 or better.
Applicants must have completed, prior to admission, all course required for state
certification in school psychology. In addition, it is expected that all candidates
will have had the equivalent of at least one 3-credit course in each of the core foundation
areas for a degree in psychology as follows: ethics, research, statistics, psychometric
theory, biological basis of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social
bases of behavior and individual differences. Transcripts will be carefully reviewed
by the Admissions Committee and a plan for remediation of any incomplete prerequisite
requirements will be developed as a conditional acceptance into the program.
The PsyD in School Psychology admissions process begins with submission of the following:
Application Fee of $50
Application, including autobiographical statement
Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
Three letters of recommendation with recommendation forms
Copy of certification as a School Psychologist
Scores from the PRAXIS II School Psychology Specialty Exam (0401)
Sample redacted psychological report
- Copy of NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) certification if applicable.
Click here to apply on-line.
The PsyD program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered
throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program
until the desired class size is achieved, therefore it is recommended for candidates
to submit applications early. Classes begin in the summer term.
The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview
and to submit a writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students.
Following completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the
Admissions Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be
satisfied prior to or following enrollment.
As an applicant to PCOM's Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology program, you are
responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and
submitted in a timely manner.
In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well
as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships
required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first
year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All
students must have their criminal background checks processed through PreCheck. The
Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment
and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be
allowed to start classes without this information.
Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the college's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation
Respecialization candidates who have already completed a doctoral degree in psychology
may apply for admission using the same criteria and links as listed above. The timeline
to complete the degree program will be determined upon a full application review.
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