Ph.D. in School Psychology at KU
The Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Kansas reflects a "scientist-practitioner" training orientation and extends the student's knowledge, research, and teaching skills. Knowledge in the psychological foundations contributes to the development of effective school psychologists who utilize psychological theories and scientific research to inform their practice.
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).
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, 2023).
- State-approved Program - The Ph.D. program in School Psychology is approved by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).
The school psychology Ph.D. program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.