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Doctorate in School Psychology

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, paid internship in the public schools. Our students also complete clinical training under faculty supervision in the School Psychology Center on the OSU campus. 


Course information

APAAmerican Psychological Association

Highest level of program accreditation

APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, which supports the Commission on Accreditation:
750 1st. St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242


Research and Faculty

Our faculty actively encourage participation in research teams, which provide mentorship and create an educational environment of support and productivity. Currently our graduate students are heavily involved in two faculty-led intervention programs that directly support Oklahoma students, including Project Aware and the Oklahoma Tiered Intervention System of Support (OTISS). 


teacher with studentFaculty research expertise includes:

  • Issues in child psychopathology
  • Psychoeducational assessment
  • Labeling bias 
  • Treatment-based assessment procedures
  • Functional assessment of academic deficits
  • Variables associated with treatment integrity 
  • Disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes among low socioeconomic status and linguistic-minority children
  • Development and refinement of psychological measures
  • Effectiveness of school-based interventions for children with autism 
  • Evidence-based behavioral prevention
  • Teacher consultation 
  • Measurement of effective teaching behaviors

Meet our faculty 

School Psychology Center

College research initiatives



Applications are reviewed on a competitive basis once per year and should be submitted by January 5 for fall admission consideration.


To apply for the program, complete the following:

  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA and/or 3.5 minimum graduate GPA preferred) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • GRE scores within the last five years (verbal and quantitative score within the 40th percentile preferred) 
  • Personal and professional goal statement (three to five pages)
  • On-campus interview 
  • Professional writing sample

Student admissions, outcomes and other data

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

Various teaching, research, practicum, School Psychology Center and faculty/program administrative support assistantships  are 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. 




Financing graduate school


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