The Ph.D. in school psychology at the University of Kansas reflects a scientist-practitioner orientation. Students are expected to acquire and demonstrate competence in professional school psychology, psychological foundations, research skills, and appreciation/sensitivity to individual, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The program is typically a four-year program of full-time study, followed by a full-year internship in professional psychology. The program is coordinated by a committee composed of representatives from the Department of Educational Psychology and school psychology students.
Career Outcomes in School Psychology
Students pursue the Ph.D. in school psychology at KU with varying career goals in mind. Most program graduates assume public school or academic teaching positions. Other positions held by graduates of the school psychology doctoral program include consulting positions, working as licensed psychologists at medical centers, private general hospitals, clinics, and/or academic positions. Potential position titles after graduation could include:
- Licensed Psychologist
- Licensed or Certified School Psychologist
- Assistant Professor
Psychologist licensure is regulated by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. Individuals interested in pursuing psychologist licensure must first complete a doctoral degree program in school psychology. The Ph.D. in school psychology at KU meets this requirement. For more information on Kansas professional psychology licensure requirements, please visit the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board web site.