The Top 50 Doctoral Programs in School Psychology 2017

By BCD Staff

August 2017

We have assembled a list of the top 50 doctoral programs in school psychology. The majority of the School Psychology programs on this list offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a small number offer a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.). Both degrees provide training in the field of School Psychology, preparing graduates to pursue careers as licensed professional psychologists and/or as certified school psychologists.

A doctoral degree in school psychology provides training in working with children, adolescents, and families. School Psychologists work to help children and adolescents be successful socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. School Psychologists provide direct support to students and also collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators to provide prevention, intervention, assessment, treatment, and consultation for youth in a variety of settings. School Psychologists often work in schools, but they also work in mental health clinics, hospitals, treatment centers, and private practice and/or go on to research and/or teach at the college and university level.

All of the doctoral programs listed here are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). When looking into programs, applicants are encouraged to consult their home state licensing board to determine their state's licensure requirements. The benefit of attending an APA-accredited and an NASP-approved program is that it means that the program has met rigorous criteria and standards designed by these governing boards to ensure that their programming provides a top-notch education for students in the program. Attending a program with these accreditations also ensures that graduates will likely encounter a more streamlined process as they pursue licensure.

Students completing their Ph.D. or Psy.D. in School Psychology will be required to complete coursework and fieldwork, followed by a one year internship and their dissertation. Most of the programs listed here can be completed in 4-6 years. If you are entering a doctoral program with a master's degree in school psychology you may be able to compete the program in less time. Because of the high quality of the programs listed here, many of them are highly competitive to get into, accepting only a handful of students each year. Students who are accepted into a doctoral program often benefit from funding opportunities provided to students through assistantships, fellowships, and/or scholarships. Assistantships often include a reduction in tuition or a full tuition waiver and sometimes also include a stipend to offset cost of living.

We wish you luck as you pursue your goal of earning a doctoral degree in school psychology. If you are looking for an outstanding doctoral program in school psychology you will find it here! For more information see our methodology at the conclusion of the article.

#50 Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Psy.D. in School Psychology

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Nova Southeastern University offers a Psy.D. in School Psychology. Students are expected to complete the 118 credit program in four years. The program trains students to meet the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students and families from diverse populations. The program provides students with a wide range of practicum experiences to allow students to find their area of interest and have the opportunity to work with a variety of issues in a range of settings. Students will then complete a focused internship as the final stage of their training. Nova Southeastern University is a private, not-for-profit institution striving to meet the academic needs of all students both on and off campus.

Courses include: development-child and adolescent; development- adult and older adult; psychology of exceptional at risk children; child and adolescent psychopathology; adult psychopathology; cognitive/affective aspects of behavior; social and cultural bases of assessment and counseling; organization and operation of schools; instructional strategies for students with diverse needs; evidence-based treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents; counseling theories and techniques; school consultation skills; ethical, legal, and professional issues for school psychologists; academic assessment for intervention; and assessment of personality and social-emotional functioning for intervention.

  • Tuition: $1,040 / Credit Hour
  • Credits required: 118
  • Mean time to complete program: 4.60 years
  • Application deadline: January 8th

#49 Yeshiva University

Bronx, NY
Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology

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Yeshiva University offers a combined-integrated Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology. The program provides clinical training in working with children, adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and families. Students will have opportunities to work in a variety of settings in externship and internship placements and with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and mental health clinics. Some funding may be available through graduate assistantships. Students should consult with their academic advisor to explore potential opportunities.

Courses include: cognitive assessment; neurodevelopmental disorders; lifespan development; professional and ethical issues in professional psychology; psychoeducational assessment; cognitive and affective bases of behavior; developmental psychopathology; integrating gender and race/ethnicity; evidence based interventions with youth; consultation-based interventions; research methods in professional psychology; introduction to child therapy; psychodynamic theory and practice with children and families; and trauma in children and adolescents.

  • Tuition: $ 35,750.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.25 years
  • Application deadline: February 1st

#48 Indiana University – Bloomington

Bloomington, IN
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students accepted into the program will be considered for assistantships and fellowships that are then awarded on a competitive basis. Students living in Bloomington will find an affordable cost of living to help ease the financial stress of graduate school. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor for support while in the program. Research will be a focus of the program, with students having the opportunity to learn through completing independent research. Current research focus areas for the program include: school discipline and school violence; autism spectrum disorders; and anxiety disorders and depression.

Courses include: cognitive assessment and intervention; academic assessment and intervention; behavioral analysis and consultation for school psychologists; ethical, legal, and professional issues in school psychology; psychology of cultural diversity; developmental psychopathology of childhood and adolescence; personality assessment and intervention; and advanced practicum in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 35,525.00
  • Credits required: 90
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.55 years

#47 Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey

Piscataway, NJ
Psy.D. in School Psychology

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A Psy.D. in School Psychology is available from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. All students will be eligible to receive funding during their first year in the program. Funding ranges anywhere from $10,000 to up to $15,000 plus tuition. After the first year in the program students will have the opportunity to pursue paid practicum and research opportunities. The program emphasizes several areas of training in preparing graduates to work professionally in the field of school psychology with children and families. Those areas include: research-based interventions; culturally sensitive approaches; and providing collaborative and coordinated care.

Courses include: basic therapeutic strategies with children and adolescents; human development; pediatric behavioral medicine; introduction to school psychology; exceptional children in the school, family, community; psychoeducational foundations of learning disabilities; program evaluation; cognitive assessment; and consultation methods.

  • Tuition: $ 34,848.00
  • Credits required: 131
  • Mean time to complete program: 4.70 years

#46 Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The Department of Educational Psychology; Counseling, and Special Education at Pennsylvania State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students in the program who have interests in areas related to school psychology but do not find the course they are interested in within the department may also have the opportunity to take courses in related fields such as special education and/or human development and family studies. Through coursework and internship experiences graduates of Pennsylvania State University will be ready to take on leadership roles within the field of school psychology and support the programs they are involved with in integrating research and practice for the success of all children and families. The department is able to provide some support (on a competitive basis) through assistantships, fellowships, and work-study options.

Courses include: professional issues in school psychology; development across the lifespan; social aspects of behavior in education; psychoeducational interventions; school-based psychological interventions for children and youth; psychological and educational evaluation of exceptional children; consultation in educational settings; and child and adolescent psychopathology.

  • Tuition: $ 34,266.00
  • Credits required: 112
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.90 years
  • Application deadline: December 15th

#45 Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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Michigan State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students in the program will earn a Master of Arts in School Psychology as they work towards their doctoral degree. With seven core faculty, students have the opportunity to connect with faculty in the classroom and through research projects. The school psychology program reports a rate of funding at 100% for doctoral students. The program aims to prepare graduates to work as certified school psychologists and/or licensed professional psychologists in schools and/or other settings that serve youth and families. The program emphasizes a commitment to valuing individual and cultural diversity.

Courses include: quantitative methods in educational research; ethics in counseling and school psychology; behavior disorders in children; cognitive development across the lifespan; social-emotional development across the lifespan; current issues in motivation and learning; current issues and research in school psychology; roles and functions of school psychology; cognitive assessment; social and emotional assessment and intervention; psychology of classroom discipline; school-based psychological interventions; cognitive behavioral therapy; and consultation in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 33,732.00
  • Credits required: 115
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.28 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#44 University of Missouri, Columbia

Columbia, MO
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The College of Education at the University of Missouri, Columbia offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students entering the program with a bachelor's degree will earn a Master of Arts as they work towards completing the requirements for their doctoral degree. Graduates will leave the program ready to take on leadership roles in improving educational and mental health programs for children and families. This may be through direct service in schools and clinics, or through contributing to the research in the field of school psychology. The College of Education at the University of Missouri is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year!

Courses include: research in educational, school, and counseling psychology; psychological assessment of children and adolescents- cognitive assessment; psychological assessment in children and adolescents- behavior and socioemotional assessment; lifespan development; ethical and legal issues in psychological practice; cognition and emotion; developmental psychopathology and exceptionality.

  • Tuition: $ 31,440.20
  • Credits required: 107
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.10 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#43 Fordham University

New York, NY
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students can elect to start this program in the summer or the fall and complete the program at a full time or part time pace. The program places an emphasis on supporting culturally and linguistically diverse children. Located in the New York Metropolitan area students at Fordham University have a unique opportunity to work with diverse populations of children and families.

Courses include: advanced developmental psychology; foundations of neuropsychology; multicultural issues in professional psychology; psychology of cognition and affect; psychology-history and ethics; social psychology; experimental design; advanced personality assessment; cognitive assessment; applied behavior analysis in educational settings; therapeutic interventions in schools; theories of school based consultation; and role and function of the school psychologist.

  • Tuition: $ 31,248.00
  • Credits required: 96
  • Mean time to complete program: 7.10 years
  • Application deadline: January 15th

#42 University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Kansas offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology through the School of Education. The University of Kansas School of Education works to help make graduate school affordable with funding opportunities awarded (on a competitive basis) through grants, scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training with attention to influences of diversity. The University of Kansas is well known for being a public research and teaching university with over 28,000 students.

Courses include: therapeutic intervention- home and school; ethics, law, and professional issues in school psychology; developmental psychopathology-diagnosis, intervention, and prevention; assessment of behavior problems and personality; specialist research; special course- applied behavioral analysis; special course-systems consultation; psychoeducational clinic-assessment, consultation, and intervention; individual intelligence testing; and clinical techniques in academic assessment and intervention.

  • Tuition: $ 30,544.00
  • Credits required: 130
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.11 years

#41 St. John's University

Queens, NY
Psy.D. in School Psychology

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St. John's University offers a Psy.D. in School Psychology. A unique feature of this program is that they offer a general track and a bilingual track of study. The school psychology program is able to offer some doctoral fellowships to graduate students. Students who are awarded the fellowships typically work eighteen hours a week to support faculty research in exchange for tuition remission and sometimes additionally a stipend. Graduates of the program will enter the field as professional psychologists with a commitment to research driven practice, ethical practice, and the ability to develop and deliver assessment and interventions to children, families, and communities.

Courses include: statistical design in research; psychoeducational assessment; introduction to school psychology; cognitive and affective basis of behavior; interviewing skills for counseling and consultation; child and adolescent personality assessment; assessment, diagnosis, and remediation of learning disabilities; social basis of behavior; psychoeducational consultation; cognitive psychotherapies; research methods in school psychology; developmental psychology; cultural diversity in psychological services; and history and systems.

  • Tuition: $ 30,000.00
  • Credits required: 105
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.67 years

#40 University of Washington

Seattle, WA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Washington College of Education offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The program emphasizes increasing the socio-emotional health and educational success of all children. Students will learn through the scientist-practitioner model of training. Students entering the program without a master's degree will first complete the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) course of study and then continue on towards the Ph.D. Graduates will be prepared to be leaders in the field of school psychology in settings including: schools; graduate training programs; teaching hospitals; and research centers depending on their professional career goals.

Courses include: basic educational statistics; introduction to multi tiered systems of support; personality theory; introduction to school psychology; academic consultation; early development foundations; special education law; special populations; applied social psychology; professional issues and ethics; socio-emotional assessment; multicultural issues; effective parenting interventions; internship supervision and case study seminar; and advanced counseling.

  • Tuition: $ 28,896.00
  • Credits required: 160
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.28 years

#39 University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at the University of Kentucky through the College of Education. Students generally complete the program in 6-7 years unless they already hold a master's degree (five years of coursework followed by a one year internship). The program emphasizes a commitment to social justice and diversity. Graduates of the program will be trained to view the children they work with in the context of their home, school, and community. Graduates will leave the program with a strong professional identity ready to grow and learn with the developing field of school psychology, uphold ethical standards of the field, and maintain self-care in order to successfully serve children and families.

Courses include: lifespan human development and behavior; human cognitive development; motivation and learning; social aspects of behavior; diagnostic classification in school psychology; multicultural psychology; educational statistics; research design and analysis; contemporary issues in school psychology; legal and ethical issues in professional psychology; individual assessment of personality functioning; social justice consultation and evaluation; school level services and family school collaboration; education in a culturally diverse society; children and families; and behavioral consultation in schools.

  • Tuition: $ 28,380.00
  • Credits required: 96
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.38 years

#38 University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA
Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology

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The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a combined Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology. An optional M.Ed. is available after students earn the first 48 credits. Students will begin fieldwork in a public school setting in their second year in the program. Fieldwork will be continued throughout the program followed by an internship in their final year (5th or 6th). A unique feature of this program is the training they provide in all three core areas of psychology (counseling, clinical, and school).

Courses include: neuroanatomy and psychopharmacology; social bases of behavior; historical and philosophical foundations of professional psychology; research design methods in professional psychology; human development; developmental psychology; assessment and data-based decision making in the schools; cognitive assessment; counseling children and families; social and cultural bases of diversity; ethics, diversity and specialized assessment and intervention; family and school violence; resiliency, strengths, and youth development; and behavioral assessment and intervention for children and adolescents.

  • Tuition: $ 28,345.00
  • Credits required: 197
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.32 years

#37 Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The College of Humanities and Social Science at Louisiana State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The program works hard to secure funding for students through assistantships (assistantships include a full tuition waiver and approximately $14,000 annually). Students work closely with faculty with a student faculty ration of 6:1. Students have opportunities while in the program to apply the evidence based training they have learned in the classroom in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, and clinics. About one third of graduates go on to work in university settings.

Courses include: biological basis of behavior; cognitive basis of behavior; social basis of behavior; history of modern psychology; measurement of behavior; methodology and research; advanced statistics; psychological assessment; psychoeducational assessment; cultural diversity in counseling and therapy; professional considerations; school-based psychological interventions; child behavior therapy; and behavioral perspectives on child and adolescent development.

  • Tuition: $ 28,324.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.55 years

#36 University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at the University of South Carolina. The School Psychology Program has been recognized as one of four programs nationally for their high level of research activity. Areas of research have included topics such as: child and youth development; families and social systems; evidence-based school mental health programs; effective school-based assessment and intervention for particular disorders such as autism spectrum, conduct, and trauma-related; and child positive well-being. Faculty bring a wide range of research interests and professional accomplishments to the program. The School Psychology Program has a strong history of prioritizing and providing a high level of financial support for students. For the last 30 plus years students have received assistantships for their first four years in the program. Currently students with assistantships receive a base stipend of $16,250.

Courses include: introduction to school psychology; behavioral assessment intervention; research methods; academic intervention; child family; lifespan psychopathology; families and diversity; college teaching; cognitive neuroscience; and mental health consultation.

  • Tuition: $ 27,408.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.43 years

#35 University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The program trains students to work effectively in schools and other settings supporting children and their families. Students in the program will work closely with peers and faculty in and out of the classroom. Students and faculty collaborate on research projects to publish articles and present findings at professional conferences in an effort to contribute to the field of school psychology. Students at the University of Rhode Island enjoy the location for it's proximity to Boston and New York as well as for the outdoor recreation available locally.

Courses include: advanced quantitative methods in psychology; learning disabilities-assessment and intervention; psychological aspects of a health lifestyle; multicultural issues in psychology- theory, research, and practice; learning and motivation; development; cognitive psychology; personality; social psychology; advanced psychopathology; theories and systems; clinical assessment and decision making; child and adolescent personality assessment and intervention; and ethical, historical, legal, and professional issues in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 27,118.00
  • Credits required: 90
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.00 years
  • Application deadline: January 15th

#34 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The School of Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. This 64 credit program can be completed in four years, enrolled students may choose to apply to have the option to complete the program in three years. The program works to support doctoral students in securing funding through various sources including: research assistantships; teaching assistantships; graduate assistantships; scholarships; awards; and reduction in tuition from out-of-state to in-state cost. Funding sources are variable so financial support cannot be guaranteed but most students do obtain some funding. All students will select an externship site where they will spend one to two days a week during their first two to three years in the program where they will have supervised direct experience in the field of school psychology.

Doctoral externship placements of previous students include: Duke Family Psychosocial Treatment Clinic; Duke ADHD Clinic; Durham County Schools; Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools; Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities; Central Regional Hospital: Child and Adolescent Units; UNC Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Child and Adolescent Treatment Clinic; Child Maltreatment Center UNC Department of Child Psychiatry; and UNC Hospitals Department of Psychiatry Inpatient Child and Adolescent Unit.

  • Tuition: $ 26,854.00
  • Credits required: 64
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.20 years
  • Application deadline: April 11th

#33 University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Texas at Austin offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The Department is able to offer some funding support to some students through teaching and research assistantships as well as fellowships. Students should talk with faculty about funding opportunities and can apply online. School Psychology faculty bring a range of interests to the classroom with research and backgrounds in areas including: social-emotional learning interventions; socio-cultural influences; health care reform; integrated behavioral health; the validity of tests of intelligence; and cognitive-behavioral interventions. The University of Texas at Austin is a large and diverse university with close to 52,000 students.

Courses include: individual testing; law, ethics, and history of school psychology; psychology of learning; child and adolescent social, emotional, and cognitive development; statistical analysis of experimental data; academic assessment and intervention; individual through the life cycle; consultation, collaboration, and supervision; social/emotional assessment of children and adolescents; cognitive behavior therapy- children and adolescents; family systems interventions with children and adolescents; multicultural counseling; and history and systems.

  • Tuition: $ 26,594.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.90 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#32 University of South Florida

Tampa, FL
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of South Florida offers a School Psychology Program through the College of Education. Assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are available for school psychology graduate students. The program offers some qualified students the opportunity to work towards their doctoral degree at a part time pace. The School Psychology Program is able to offer students a training facility with nine rooms that can all be audio/video monitored or viewed through a two way mirror. This allows students to develop clinical skills with the support of, and under the direct supervision of, their clinical supervisor.

Courses include: psychoeducational interventions; advanced consultation-organizational/systems change; consultation skills and staff development; supervision processes in school psychology; advanced seminar in school psychology; consulting methods; legal and ethical issues for human service professional's; role and function of the school psychologist; assessment of child and adolescent personality; introduction to positive youth development; behavior disorders; biological basis of behavior; and cognitive therapy with children and adolescents.

  • Tuition: $877.17 / Credit Hour
  • Credits required: 84
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.04 years

#31 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The College of Education at the University of Oregon offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. This research focused program emphasizes a commitment to prevention and early intervention at the individual and systemic level. The School Psychology Program at the University of Oregon strives to prepare graduates to be leaders in the field of School Psychology. The College of Education faculty are nationally recognized for their leadership and productivity in research in education. Current research areas include: positive behavioral supports; development and intervention of antisocial behavior; and fostering school-family partnerships. Students who choose to do so can earn (with additional coursework) a Master of Science in Special Education as they work towards their doctoral degree. Potential funding for graduate students include: grants; graduate teaching and research fellowships; and scholarships and research awards.

Courses include: advanced applied behavior analysis; design of instruction; diversity in special education; counseling diverse populations; lifespan developmental psychology; developmental psychopathology; biological aspects of behavior; cognitive aspects of behavior; social aspects of behavior; behavioral assessment; intellectual assessment; educational assessment; applied statistics, design, and analysis; grant writing; single-subject research analysis; advanced consultation; academic and behavioral interventions; beginning counseling skills; child-family interventions; principles and practices in school psychology; law and special education; and professional ethics.

  • Tuition: $ 25,947.00
  • Credits required: 157
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.28 years

#30 University of Wisconsin, Madison

Madison, WI
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

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The University of Wisconsin Madison offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. This School Psychology Program trains students in prevention, assessment, and intervention. An emphasis is placed on attention to issues of diversity with energy put towards recruiting students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, working with diverse populations in practicum and internships, and many other ways. Graduates will enter the field ready to support children and young adults from birth through age 21 along with their families and school support system. The School Psychology faculty work with students to secure as much funding as possible with the goal of providing as many students as possible at 33.33% or higher.

Courses include: introduction to school psychology; applied behavioral analysis in classroom management; biological basis of behavior; lifespan human development; cognitive assessment of children in the schools; social, emotional, and behavioral assessment; assessment and intervention for academic skills; child and adolescent psychopathology; systems of consultation in school psychology; advanced assessment and intervention techniques; and evidence-based child and adolescent psychotherapy.

  • Tuition: $ 25,269.20
  • Credits required: 127
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.62 years

#29 University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Cincinnati offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students will move through the program completing coursework, field experiences, internship, comprehensive exam, and dissertation. The program emphasizes a ecological-behavioral approach helping graduates to view challenges through the context in which they occur. Graduates enter the field of school psychology with the ability to effectively advocate for diverse populations, children, and families, provide prevention and education services, and take on leadership roles.

Courses include: school organization and the role of school psychologists; applied behavioral analysis; academic assessment and intervention; behavioral consultation; family intervention and early intervention; cognitive assessment; ethics for behavioral practice and research; frameworks for disabilities and disorders in childhood; behavioral research and accountability methods; school-based behavioral counseling and mental health interventions; methods, measurement, and design; and best practices in teaching and human services.

  • Tuition: $ 24,532.00
  • Credits required: 119
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.08 years

#28 University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training. Students in the program will actively engage in research contributing to their professional growth and the field of school psychology. The program reports that 85-100% of students present and publish research each year. Graduates of the program will have the opportunity to go on to pursue careers in school settings, mental health clinics, private practice and/or colleges and universities.

Faculty interests include: prevention and intervention of academic problems; data-based instructional decision making; implementation of evidence-based practices in schools; school mental health; emotional and behavioral disorders; whole child assessment and intervention; educational and health disparities affecting individuals with and at-risk for special needs; and characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with disabilities.

  • Tuition: $ 24,508.00
  • Credits required: 90
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.04 years
  • Application deadline: November 15th

#27 University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School Psychology)

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A Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School Psychology) is available at the University of Georgia. Students accepted into the School Psychology program have the opportunity to apply for assistantships for funding support. The University of Georgia offers the Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology student association. Faculty members work directly with students advising 7 or fewer graduate students each. Graduates will enter the field of school psychology as psychologists with a strong foundation in: child and adolescent development and systems; abnormal psychology; appraisal; and intervention and consultation.

Faculty areas of expertise include: classroom behavioral management; academic intervention; applied behavior analysis; autism; intellectual disability; technology; dyslexia; assessment; social networks; popularity; friendship; social influence in middle/late childhood; educational psychology; early childhood education; research methodology; student engagement; and school completion.

  • Tuition: $ 24,090.00
  • Credits required: 95
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.52 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#26 Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL
Ph.D in School Psychology

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Loyola University Chicago offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. This program emphasizes a commitment to social justice and providing services to underserved populations. All students have the opportunity to engage in research teams to conduct research and contribute to the field of school psychology. Students in the program will consult with their advisor to choose an area of focus/specialization. Areas of specialization include: curriculum and instruction; mental health in the schools; assessment/neuropsychology; research methodology; and administration and supervision.

Courses include: professional school psychology; legal issues-educational disabilities; seminar in school and educational psychology; educational research I- building a body of evidence using qualitative methods; biological foundations of behavior in schools; counseling special populations; multiculturalism for social justice in higher education; psychopathology of children and adolescents; assessment of school age children and adults; assessment of infant and preschool children; leading for social justice; and school crisis prevention and intervention strategies.

  • Tuition: $ 22,776.00
  • Credits required: 99
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.30 years

#25 University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at the University of Florida. The program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training. Students working towards their Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Florida will develop an area of specialization in line with their professional goals and complete 12 credits for this focused topic. This specialization allows graduates to enter the profession with an area of expertise that is relevant to school psychology. Recent graduates have designed areas of specialization such as: family involvement in education; multicultural Issues in school psychology; and neuropsychology of learning problems. The School Psychology Program makes every effort to help students get financial support through fellowships, scholarships, and/or assistantships. The program reports that almost all students are able to work as a graduate assistant.

Courses include: introduction to psychoeducational assessment; issues and problems in school psychology; academic assessment and interventions for diverse learners; law and ethics in psychology; developmental psychopathology; school consultation; seminar in cultural diversity; human development; and history of psychology.

  • Tuition: $1,255 / Credit Hour
  • Credits required: 139
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.10 years
  • Application deadline: Encouraged by November 15th

#24 Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The College of Education at Oklahoma State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Applicants are invited to apply for assistantships when they visit the university for their program interview. The program has a strong history of matching all doctoral students with at least a .25 assistantship for financial support as well as the professional development that comes with completing an assistantship. Assistantships cover a broad range of interests and service areas from teaching to research to website development. School Psychology Doctoral students have the opportunity to actively and continuously engage in research with faculty members. Students participate in weekly research team meetings with faculty and eventually taking on mentorship roles with newer students in research.

Courses include: introduction to school psychological services; child psychopathology; human development; research methods; individual intellectual assessment of children and youth; advanced interventions for increased academic achievement; psychology of learning; multiple regression; instructional assessment and consultation; parent and family interventions in school psychology; behavioral assessment and consultation; child personality assessment; theories of social psychology; introduction to psychotherapy with children and adolescents; pediatric psychology; crisis intervention and emergency action in school settings; and biological basis of behavior.

  • Tuition: $ 22,443.00
  • Credits required: 110
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.10 years

#23 North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at North Carolina State University. The Graduate Program in School Psychology at North Carolina State University is also starting a masters program in School Psychology and they are currently in the process of admitting their first cohort that will bring the program this fall of 2017. The Doctoral Program in School Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since the late 1980's. Students in the program have the opportunity to engage in research, publish research, and present research with faculty members. Additionally, students in the program have the opportunity to gain clinical skills in the on-campus training clinic before moving onto school settings.

Courses include: physiological psychology; advanced social psychology; affect and cognition; academic assessment and intervention for school psychologists; developmental psychology; area seminar in school psychology; individual intelligence assessment; personality measurement; psychological intervention; psychological consultation; psychology of families and parenting; ethics in psychology; and cross cultural counseling.

  • Tuition: $ 21,951.00
  • Credits required: 92
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.50 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#22 Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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Northern Illinois University offers a Ph.D. program in School Psychology. Students in the program will complete coursework alongside peers with the cohort model of training, most students complete the program in five years. Along with completing coursework, research, and internships students in the program will attend national conferences together. At national conferences students will have the opportunity to present and learn about leading research in the field and connect with peers and faculty from across the country who share similar research interests.

Courses include: ethics, law, and professional issues in school psychology; theory and assessment of intellectual functioning; dynamic assessment for students with high-incidence disabilities; cognitive psychology; social personality development; psychological assessment of children (behavioral, social, emotional); experimental social psychology; consultative interventions in school and community settings; social-personality development; psychological interventions with children and their families; developmental psychology; assessment of language-minority students; and history of psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 21,420.00
  • Credits required: 112
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.80 years

#21 Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology

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The School Psychology Program at Mississippi State University offers a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology. The program also offers the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education with a concentration in School Psychology. The Ph.D. in School Psychology prepares graduates to pursue licensure as a psychologist and certification as a school psychologist. Graduates will be ready to use their training in psychology and education to provide mental health and educational interventions to support diverse populations of children, youth, families, and communities. The faculty at Mississippi State University bring to the program a depth of experience and research interests.

Faculty research interests include: children and adolescents with low-incidence disabilities who exhibit challenging behaviors; applied behavioral analysis; assessment and intervention for severe disruptive behaviors in children with developmental disabilities; identification (and understanding) of the role of pain and medical complications for individuals who are non-vocal; autism spectrum disorders; academic/behavior interventions; personality and social development; academic and behavioral assessment and intervention; program assessment and evaluation; policy and professional issues in education; supervision; universal screening of behavior; school crisis prevention and intervention; and professional issues in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 20,790.00
  • Credits required: 144
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.24 years

#20 Texas Woman's University

Denton, TX
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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Texas Woman's University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The School Psychology program at Texas Woman's University emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training. The program offers small class sizes with courses offered in the late afternoon and evenings with some daytime classes. Generally, students complete practicum hours during the day in school settings. Texas Woman's University is a public university that provides a woman-focused liberal arts education. The University is able to offer some graduate scholarships and/or graduate assistantships to qualified students.

Courses include: introduction to school psychology; cognitive assessment; theory and practice of counseling with children and adolescents; direct behavioral interventions; foundations of social psychology and personality; academic assessment; psychopathology of children and adolescents; social emotional assessment; ethics; cross cultural psychology; autism spectrum disorders; neuropsychology assessment; advanced therapeutic interventions; and neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders.

  • Tuition: $ 20,457.06
  • Credits required: 108
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.40 years
  • Application deadline: January 5th

#19 Texas A&M University

College Station, TX
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available through the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Students in this full time program will learn through research, coursework, and supervised clinical experiences. A unique feature of the school psychology program at Texas A&M University is that students in the program are encouraged to tailor their degree to match their individual professional interests with what the program calls a specialized strand. Students will collaborate with their doctoral chair/advisor to personalize their degree plan with courses that are of special interest for an area of specialization.

Courses include: life span development; child psychopathology; clinical neuropsychology; advanced behavioral measurement; experimental design in education; effects of culture, diversity, and poverty on children and youth; introduction to school psychology- legal, ethical, and credentialing issues; emotional disturbance in children; child therapy for school behavior problems; and systems consultation and prevention science.

  • Tuition: $665 / Credit Hour
  • Credits required: 104 – 112
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.59 years

#18 University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Lincoln, NE
Ph.D. School Psychology

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The College of Education and Human Services at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students in this program will have the opportunity to work alongside faculty with a depth and range of clinical and research experience. The program values diversity and students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Over the last ten years all doctoral students in the school psychology program have obtained APA-approved internships. Graduates will leave the program ready to pursue a professional career working in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, universities, mental health clinics, and/or private practice.

Courses include: readings in educational psychology and measurement; introduction to applied behavioral analysis; single-case experimental designs in educational research; systems of consultation in school psychology; intellectual assessment; academic and behavioral assessment; clinical practice in school psychology; readings in educational psychology; supervision in school psychology; ethical and professional practice in school psychology; and community practice in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 19,561.00
  • Credits required: 116
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.01 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#17 Ball State University

Muncie, IN
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School)

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Ball State University offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School) designed to prepare graduates for careers as professional psychologists. The program strives to prepare professionals to work in a range of settings in addition to schools such as private practice, hospitals, and mental health clinics. Students in the program will receive training to prepare for a broad scope of practice through their education, research, and internships. The school psychology program at Ball State University emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training with a recognized high level of research and publications being produced by faculty and graduates to contribute to the field. Ball State University is able to offer assistantships and fellowships to doctoral students that include a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

Courses include: individual cognitive assessment; introduction to school psychology; psychology of human development; introduction to the study of personality; psychological consultation; personality assessment of children and adolescents; introduction to neuropsychology; theory of measurement; theories and techniques of counseling; theories of learning; diagnosis and interventions for learning and related disorders; evidence-based treatments in psychology; developmental theories and research across the lifespan; social psychology; and legal, ethical, and multicultural issues in professional psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 19,404.00
  • Credits required: 135
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.76 years
  • Application deadline: November 20th

#16 Kent State University

Kent, OH
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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Kent State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The School Psychology doctoral program at Kent State University is well established and began accepting students in the mid-1960's with the school psychology master's program established about twenty years before that. Students can complete the program in five years, with the fourth and fifth years available for students to complete their internship and dissertation research (in whatever order they choose). The program emphasises preparing graduates to provide services to diverse populations in educational and mental health settings. Kent State University reports that international students make up nearly 10% of their student population, almost twice the national average.

Courses include: child and adolescent development; administration and supervision in special education; diagnosis of child disorders in schools; social-emotional assessment for school psychologists; instructional assessment for school psychologists; social-emotional intervention in school psychology; interventions with culturally diverse students; cognitive assessment of children in schools; developmental assessment; consultation in the helping professions; legal, ethical, and professional issues in school psychology; learning and conditioning; cognitive neuropsychology; theories of personality; quantitative statistical analysis; individual research in school psychology; and issues and approaches in school psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 19,362.00
  • Credits required: 91
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.57 years

#15 Alfred University

Alfred, NY
Psy.D. in School Psychology

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A Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology is available at Alfred University. Graduates will be prepared to obtain licensure as a psychologist or certification as a school psychologist and work professionally with children, adolescents, and families in school and clinical settings. Graduates may also choose to pursue a career in other areas such as research, higher education, or administration. Alfred University is a private university founded in 1836. Alfred University is a smaller university with about 1,700 undergraduate students and approximately 140 graduate students on campus, with more graduate students enrolled part time or in the NYC area campus. Graduates of Alfred University report successful employment following graduation.

Courses include: foundations of cultural diversity; foundations of school psychology; learning and cognition; foundations of interpersonal effectiveness; introduction to group dynamics; advanced developmental psychology; social-emotional assessment; psychotherapy and behavior change; academic functioning; introduction to family therapy; consultation and prevention; academic interventions; professional practice seminar; research in school psychology; and social psychology and behavior.

  • Tuition: $ 19,010.00
  • Credits required: 120
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.50 years

#14 University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is offered through the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. Students who are interested in engaging in a practicum for a full four years before completing an internship their final/fifth year will find this program to be a good fit. Offering an enhanced learning experience through a practicum each year of the program is a unique feature of the University of California at Riverside. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of settings including both public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. The program works to support students in securing funding through fellowships.

Courses include: principles of social behavior intervention; principles of academic behavior intervention; child behavior therapy; school psychological consultation; cognitive assessment for school psychologists; academic assessment; social, emotional, and/or behavioral assessment; cognitive development; social development; autism spectrum disorders; advanced seminar in learning disabilities; and history and systems of psychology-implications for school psychologists.

  • Tuition: $ 16,254.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.20 years

#13 University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The College of Education at the University of Arizona offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The program strives to attract a diverse student population and students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The faculty train students through the scholar–practitioner training model preparing students to understand and utilize research in their professional practice with clients. Additionally, graduates will be well prepared to conduct and present research that contributes to the field. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue professional licensure and certification and ready to work in research, academics, and/or clinical practice.

Courses include: advanced social psychology; academic assessment of students with high incidence; behavior modification in schools; introduction to school psychology; cultural diversity in school psychology; cognition and development; early childhood assessment and intervention; neuropsychological basis of learning and behavior; child behavior disorders and adjustment; child psychotherapy; psychological consultation and supervision; cognitive assessment; professional standards, ethics, and issues in school psychology; personality assessment; contemporary and emerging issues in school psychology; and topics in methodology and data analysis.

  • Tuition: $ 15,562.00
  • Credits required: 108
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.25 years

#12 Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is offered through the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Georgia State University. For comprehensive training students will complete a half time internship for two years followed by one year of a full time internship the final year of the five year program. Founded in 1913, Georgia State University is a large public research university with approximately 50,000 students.

Courses include: quantitative methods and analysis in education; advanced developmental psychology-personality and socialization; ethical and legal standards in counseling and psychological services; group counseling; social/cultural issues in counseling and psychological services; child/adolescent psychopathology; psychological consultation in the schools; intervention strategies for children with learning problems; biopsychology and medication; administration and supervision in pupil personnel services; research and publication; and history of psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 14,911.00
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.15 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#11 University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Knoxville, TN
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Students in this program have the opportunity to work together and collaboratively with faculty throughout their time in the program. The Educational Psychology and Counseling Department makes every effort to provide funding for their students. Currently, all doctoral students in the school counseling program have assistantships that provide a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. Students in the program will learn through the Data-Based Problem-Solving training model. Students have the opportunity to learn through working with faculty on research projects which can lead to publications and presentations.

Courses include: seminar in school psychology; psychoeducational assessment; introduction to professional practice in school psychology; psychopathology in school and mental health settings; formal measurement in education and counseling; theory and practice of counseling; cross-cultural counseling- theory and research; psychological theories of human development applied to education; ethical, legal, and professional issues in psychology; history and systems of psychology; methods of teaching students with autism spectrum disorders; and methods of teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

  • Tuition: $ 14,616.00
  • Credits required: 128
  • Mean time to complete program: 4.96 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#10 Illinois State University

Normal, IL
Ph.D in School Psychology

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The Department of Psychology at Illinois State University offers a Doctorate in School Psychology. Students entering the program with a master's degree may transfer up to 60 credits with department approval, allowing these students to enter the program as a third year student. The University is able to offer graduate students financial support through assistantships. Students accepted into the School Counseling Program will be eligible for a graduate assistantship that provides a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. Students at Illinois State University have access to two large cities, Chicago (137 miles away) and St. Louis (164 miles away).

Courses include: advanced behavior modification; legal, ethical, and professional issues in school psychology; advanced child and adolescent psychopathology; social emotional and behavioral assessment and intervention; theories and techniques of counseling children and adolescents; theory and practice of mental health consultation in the schools; psychology of diversity; learning and cognition; theory and practice of cognitive assessment; seminar in developmental psychology; theories of personality; measurement, statistics, and research design; and brain and behavior relationships.

  • Tuition: $ 14,544.00
  • Credits required: 113
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.70 years
  • Application deadline: November 15th

#9 Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI
Ph.D in School Psychology

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The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. This 106 credit hour program prepares graduates to work successfully with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and educational teams to support children and adolescents in being successful socially, emotionally, and academically in the school setting. The program reports that in recent years all of their doctoral students have successfully obtained paid internships. Internship placement sites have included: University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Grand Rapids Public Schools; and the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Courses include: history and systems of psychology; advanced social psychology; physiological foundations; advanced developmental psychology; cognitive psychology; learning; human diversity within and between families; ethnic and minority issues in therapy; assessment of affective and behavioral disorders in children and youth; assessment and development of academic skills; assessment and intervention for developmental disabilities; research design; and seminar- ethics and professional issues.

  • Tuition: $ 14,520.00
  • Credits required: 106
  • Mean time to complete program: 4.10 years

#8 Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available through the College of Education at Lehigh University. The School Psychology program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized expertise with a specialization in either School-based Prevention or in Pediatric/Health School Psychology. Additionally, students who plan to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam can choose to take a specialized course of study. Graduate students who are seeking an established research university with an intimate feel on campus will be happy to settle into life at Lehigh University with under 2,000 graduate students and only about 5,000 undergraduate students making up the student body.

Courses include: developmental psychology; applied principles of cognitive psychology; behavioral neuroscience; special topics in school psychology; multivariate statistical models; single-subject research design; organizational-leadership and change management; applied behavior analysis; crisis management in the schools; behavioral assessment; advanced school and family interventions; and advanced child psychopathology.

  • Tuition: $ 12,995.00
  • Credits required: 99
  • Mean time to complete program: 8.30 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#7 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. The School Psychology program has a strong history of providing funding to graduate students in the program through assistantships and through grants obtained by faculty for research projects. In the last 15 years faculty members in the School Psychology Program have raised over $7 million dollars in federal grants. Students in this 115 credit doctoral program have the opportunity to work with their advisor to select electives that match their professional interests. Graduates will be prepared to pursue certification as a school psychologist and provide evidence-based therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families in a school setting.

Courses include: cognitive behavioral therapy; professional and historic issues in school psychology; social, emotional, and behavioral assessment; developmental psychopathology; assessment and intervention-school age; pediatric psychology in urban settings; advanced therapeutic interventions; academic interventions and alternative assessment; social, psychological, biological basis of learning disorders; consultation strategies for counselors and school psychology; research methods and design; multicultural family development; contextual determinants of motivation; seminar in urban educational issues; and experimental child psychology.

  • Tuition: $ 12,412.74
  • Credits required: 115
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.12 years
  • Application deadline: December 15th

#6 Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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Indiana State University offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology through the Bayh College of Education. Students in this program will receive training, through their internship in a school setting, where they will learn to provide psychological services to elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Additionally, students will learn to collaborate with teachers and administrators in order to meet the needs of their clients. Coursework will be completed over the first four years of the program with the fifth year reserved for the doctoral internship and the doctoral dissertation. Graduate students will be eligible to apply for assistantships and scholarships through the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology.

Courses include: introduction to school psychology-history and practices; cognitive theory and assessment; foundations of qualitative and quantitative research; academic assessment and intervention; social emotional and behavioral theory and assessment; practicum in psychoeducational interventions; development through the lifespan; school psychology consultation; child and adolescent psychopathology; techniques of counseling; personality appraisal and advanced assessment; research in school psychology; multicultural counseling; and foundations of educational leadership.

  • Tuition: $ 10,101.00
  • Credits required: 119
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.93 years
  • Application deadline: January 15th

#5 University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Ph.D. in School Psychology is available at the University of Central Arkansas. This 120 credit program follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and is designed to be completed in five years. Students have the opportunity to apply for funding through graduate assistantships that include reduced tuition and a stipend. The Psychology and Counseling Program at the University of Central Arkansas emphasises prevention and intervention in promoting childhood mental health. Graduates will be prepared to integrate both clinical skills and research in their professional practice in a range of settings including schools, clinics, and hospitals.

Courses include: advanced psychological statistics; theories of psychotherapy and counseling; professional school psychology; psychopathology; research design; identification and remediation of learning problems; physiological psychology; multicultural issues in counseling; legal and ethical issues in psychology and counseling; group psychotherapy; marital and family therapy; teaching of psychology; regression and multivariate analysis; history and systems of psychology; advanced social and affective psychology; learning and cognition; and child mental health promotion and prevention.

  • Tuition: $ 6,943.00
  • Credits required: 120
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.16 years

#4 University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Clinical-School Track

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The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia offers a Combined Clinical and School Psychology doctoral program. Two tracks of study for this degree are available: the clinical-school track and the general clinical track. Students completing the School Psychology Internship will complete 1,500 hours of an internship with at least half of it in a school setting. Students in the school psychology program will intern at an APA approved setting working with children and adolescents. Students accepted into the Combined Clinical and School Psychology program will be eligible to receive funding that includes tuition, health insurance, and a stipend during the first four years of the program. Students will receive financial support during their 5th year from the host agency of their APA-approved internship.

Courses include: seminar in clinical psychology; cognitive assessment; personality assessment; individual psychotherapy; family therapy; psychological intervention and consultation in schools; psychological consultation; clinical supervision; statistics and research methods; educational research methods; cognitive basis of behavior; social basis of behavior; exceptional children; and curriculum/ teaching methods.

  • Tuition: $ 2,912.00
  • Credits required: 120
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.26 years

#3 University of Houston

Houston, TX
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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A Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology is available at the University of Houston. This school psychology doctoral program offered through the College of Education emphasizes research and ecologically sensitive evidence-based practice. Students interested in multicultural diversity will be attracted to the University of Houston which is known to be the second most ethnically diverse research university in the country with over 90 languages spoken locally in Houston. Graduate students who are eligible for a teaching fellowship will have tuition waived and receive a monthly stipend. The majority of students are able to complete the program in 5-6 years.

Faculty research interests include: early language and literacy difficulties in young children; children's home literacy environment; reading interventions; at-risk children; curriculum-based measurement; assessing developmental and academic outcomes in children born preterm; children with autism; treatment and family issues for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder; motivational interviewing; service-learning; after-school and summer programs; yoga and interventions that promote subjective well-being; and supporting underrepresented minority students.

  • Tuition: $ 2,328.00
  • Credits required: 107
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.96 years

#2 University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, MS
Ph.D. in School Psychology

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The University of Southern Mississippi offers a graduate program in school psychology. Students in this program will collaborate with department faculty to select and continuously evaluate their course of study to ensure that the student is completing the coursework and training necessary for professional success. The program is designed to be completed within five years, with four years of coursework on campus and a one year internship. This doctoral program in school psychology requires the completion of: 128 credit hours including a one year internship; completion of the M.A. requirements; defense of a thesis; a passing score on the comprehensive examination; and successful defense of dissertation. Graduates of the program have a 100% pass rate (over the last 7 years) for the Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam.

Faculty research interests include: peer-mediated behavior interventions; integrating technology into school psychology; school-based behavioral consultation; prevention of emotional and/or behavioral disturbance in young children experiencing health disparities; treatment integrity in applied settings; functional behavior assessment; teaching matching and discrimination skills to children with autism; behaviors maintained by negative reinforcement; parent training in behavior analysis; home and school-based interventions for children who are at-risk, appropriate practices in school psychology; interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders; social skills training; applied behavior analysis; and compliance training and behavioral interventions.

  • Tuition: Waived
  • Credits required: 131
  • Mean time to complete program: 5.40 years
  • Application deadline: December 1st

#1 University of Maryland – College Park

College Park, MD
Ph.D. in School Psychology

University of Maryland - College ParkThe Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education at the University of Maryland College Park offers a Ph.D. in School Psychology. Students with or without a master's degree are eligible to apply to this 95 to 101 credit program (74 credits of coursework with 21-27 credits of research and fieldwork). Throughout the program students have the opportunity to select courses within the required course content areas that are of individual interest. This program emphasizes a focus on both research and professional practice. Graduates will be prepared to pursue licensure as a professional psychologist and will be eligible for the Nationally Certified School Psychologist Credential (NCSP). Graduates of the program have the flexibility to explore careers in their chosen interest area within academics, research, and/or as a practitioner.

Courses include: developmental psychology; biological aspects of behavior; cognitive psychology; social aspects of behavior; history and systems of psychology; assessment foundations; developmental psychopathology; research design; cognitive assessment; diagnostic appraisal of children and adolescents; behavioral interventions; school consultation; therapeutic approaches with children; group counseling in schools; multicultural diversity; and clinical supervision.

  • Tuition: $0
  • Credits required: 101
  • Mean time to complete program: 7.01 years

 

Methodology: This list was created by taking a list of programs offering a doctoral degree in School Psychology (Ph.D. and Psy.D.) from the American Psychological Association (APA) and then cross referencing it with the National Association of School Psychologists. Only schools that were both APA accredited and NASP approved were retained. Each program's website was then searched for the "Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data." From this data, stats regarding the mean time to complete the program, tuition (full time out of state) and Licensure percentages were gathered. Schools were then ranked on cost of tuition.

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