The PhD in School Psychology is a five-year training program to prepare you to become
a professional school psychologist who assists learners, families, teachers and others
to be successful. School psychologists work with those who have autism spectrum disorders,
intellectual disabilities, mood or depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, attention
deficit hyperactivity disorders, antisocial behavior problems, adolescent substance
use disorders and learning disabilities. Our graduates provide a range of diagnosis,
assessments, intervention, therapy, program evaluation and system-level program development
and evaluation as well as crisis intervention within educational institutions and
other settings. Doctoral graduates are also eligible for National Certification in
School Psychology from the National Association of School Psychologists, certification
as school psychologists through the State Department of Education and licensure as
psychologists through the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Our program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). We follow a scientist-practitioner model in which theory, research and practice are integrated components of our comprehensive
training program. We embed Science-Based Child and Learner Success (SBC/LS) orientation
in the delivery of school psychology services in order to effect positive outcomes.
The program requires 60 hours of coursework beyond the master’s degree, including
15 hours of dissertation and a full-time, paidinternshipin the public schools. Our students also complete clinical training under faculty
supervision in theSchool Psychology Centeron the OSU campus.
Various teaching, research, practicum, School Psychology Center and faculty/program
administrative support assistantshipsare available for students in the program. Assistantships are designed to provide
financial support for full-time students and provide special skills that may be useful
in future career endeavors. Students are matched with their areas of professional
interest during their graduate assistantship, under the supervision of a faculty member.
Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.