The PhD in School Psychology is a five-year training program to prepare you to become
a professional school psychologist. School psychologists possess a diverse skill set
and are employed in a variety of settings including K-12 public and private schools,
private practices, pediatric clinics and hospitals, early childhood centers and community
mental health centers. Graduates of the OSU School Psychology Program are trained
work across these settings to assess and treat clients with achievement deficits (e.g.,
specific learning disabilities), autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities,
trauma disorders, mood or depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and attention deficit
hyperactivity disorders. This is accomplished by providing a range of assessment (both
diagnostic and treatment related), intervention, consultative and therapeutic services.
Graduates are eligible for National Certification in School Psychology from NASP,
certification as school psychologists through the State Department of Education, and
licensure as Psychologists through the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
The program also offers coursework required to obtain certification as a Board Certified
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, paid internship in a public school system. Our students also complete clinical training under faculty
supervision in the School Psychology Center on the OSU campus.
The OSU School Psychology faculty tirelessly work to procure assistantships to support
our students. Every student accepted to the OSU School Psychology Program has received funding from assistantships
for each semester they have been enrolled in the program for the past 15 years. These assistantships waive both in-state and out-of-state tuition and provide a
These assistantships (highlight link here) are across various areas: teaching, research,
practicum, training grants, the School Psychology Clinic and faculty/program administrative
support roles. 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.