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Ph.D. Program in School Psychology at KU

Reflecting a "scientist-practitioner" training orientation, the doctoral program in School Psychology extends the student's knowledge, research, and teaching skills. Knowledge in the psychological foundations contributes to the development of effective scientist-practitioner school psychologists who utilize psychological theories and scientific research to inform their practice. We also recognize that the science and practice of school psychology mutually influence each other–science informs practice and practice informs science–and that an understanding of individual, ethnic, and cultural diversity serves as a foundation to effective science and practice of school psychology.

Therefore, the program offers a curriculum within which all students are expected to acquire and demonstrate a substantial understanding of and/or competence in:

  1. Professional school psychology (i.e., psychodiagnostic assessment, consultation, intervention, professional practice/ethics, learning, development, statistics, psychoeducational measurement, research design, and special education);
  2. Psychological foundations (i.e., biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, individual bases of behavior, and history and systems of psychology);
  3. Research skills, and
  4. Appreciation/sensitivity to individual, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s doctorate degree in School Psychology is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP; January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2015).
  • State-approved Program - The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

The program is typically a four-year program of full-time study, followed by a full-year internship in professional psychology. The Ph.D. program is coordinated by a committee composed of representatives from the Department of Educational Psychology and school psychology students.  According to APA's Commission on Accreditation, each APA-accredited doctoral program is required to provide potential applicants, current students, and the public with information about and expectations of the program (see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data).

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 2002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978
Email: apaaccred@apa.org


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