Skip to navigation menu

Skip to main content

School Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
teachers college logo columbia univertsity logo

School Psychology
In the Department of Health and Behavior Studies

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Site Navigation

Learn More

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

  • See all Data on One Page

  • Time to Program Completion

    The PhD program can be completed in 5.2 years (enter in September of Year 1, graduate in October of Year 5) if students begin a program of research early in the program and complete the doctoral certification requirements (research methods examination, theoretical and empirical paper) by the 4th year of the program. Typically, most of the coursework (including practica, fieldwork, and externship) is completed by the end of the third year if the student completes only the one required externship. However, all students opt to do two externships to make themselves more competitive in the APPIC match (one in a clinical setting, one in a public school), extending externship into the 4th year. The 4th and 5th years are devoted to dissertation and internship. Over the last 7 years (2006-2012) 39 students have completed the program. For the 25 students entering the program from the bachelor’s degree the mean time to completion was 8.1 years and the median was 7.2 years. Of the 9 students who have graduated in the last 3 years (2010-2012), the mean time to completion was 6.9 and the median 7.2 years. For the 14 students entering the PhD from our Ed.M. program (2 years advanced standing) the mean time to completion was 5.8 years and the median was 5.1 years. Of the 7 students who graduated in the last 3 years, the mean time to completion was 5.6 and the median was 4.75 years.

    TIME TO COMPLETION FOR STUDENTS ENTERING THE PROGRAM WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE


    Year in which Degrees were Conferred

    OUTCOME

    2006-

           

    2007

    2007-

           

    2008

    2008-

           

    2009

    2009-

           

    2010

    2010-

           

    2011

    2011-

           

    2012

    2012-

           

    2013

    Total

    # of students with doctoral degree conferred

    6

    4

    3

    3

    2

    4

    3

    25

    Mean # of years to complete the program

    9.3

    9.1

    9.8

    5.8

    8.5

    6.73

    6.2

    8.1

    Median # of years to complete the program

    9.1

    6.7

    8

    5.2

    8.5

    6.85

    5.2

    7.2

    TIME TO DEGREE RANGES

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    Less than 5 years

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    In 5 years

    0

    0

    2

    50

    1

    33

    2

    66

    0

    0

    1

    25

    2

    66

    8

    32

    In 6 years

    2

    33

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    25

    0

    0

    3

    12

    In 7 years

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    33

    0

    0

    1

    25

    1

    33

    3

    12

    In more than 7 years

    4

    66

    2

    50

    2

    66

    0

    0

    2

    100

    1

    25

    0

    0

    11

    14

     


    TIME TO COMPLETION FOR STUDENTS ENTERING THE PROGRAM WITH ADVANCED STANDING    


    Year in which Degrees were Conferred

    OUTCOME

    2006-

           

    2007

    2007-

           

    2008

    2008-

           

    2009

    2009-

           

    2010

    2010-

           

    2011

    2011-

           

    2012

    2012-

           

    2013

    Total

    # of students with doctoral degree conferred

    2

    2

    2

    1

    3

    3

    1

    14

    Mean # of years to complete the program

    6.2

    7.1

    4.7

    5.0

    6.7

    5.17

    4.2

    5.8

    Median # of years to complete the program

    6.2

    7.1

    4.7

    5.0

    5.0

    4.5

    4.2

    5.1

    TIME TO DEGREE RANGES

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    Less than 5 years

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    50

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2

    66

    1

    100

    4

    28.5

    In 5 years

    1

    50

    0

    0

    1

    50

    1

    100

    2

    66

    0

    0

    0

    0

    5

    36

    In 6 years

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    33

    0

    0

    1

    7

    In 7 years

    1

    50

    2

    100

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    3

    21.5

    In more than 7 years

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    33

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1

    7

     

    We only accept students with advanced standing from our own  Ed.M. program. These students enter with two years of coursework and practica.

  • Program Cost and Financial Assistance

     
    Program Cost and Financial Assistance
     
    Tuition per point $1,344
    Teachers College Fee $408 (per term)
    Teachers College Research Fee $398
    Health Service Fee Fall $429
      Spring $429
    Medical Insurance Fee Fall $1,139
    (Basic) Spring $1,788
    Medical Insurance Fee Fall $1,580
    (Comprehensive) Spring $2,481
    Application Fee $65 (non-refundable and payable at time of application)
    Tuition deposit $300 (non-refundable but can be applied toward your tuition)
    Library Research fee for non-college users $100 (per month)
    Continuous Doctoral Dissertation Advisement registration fee $4,032
    Ph.D. Oral Defense fee $5,313
    Late registration fee $100
    Late application fee for conferring degrees $15
    Special examination fee $25 (each course)
    Student identification card replacement fee $20
    Late payment fee flat fee $50
      monthly fee 1-1/3% (16% annually)
    Returned check fee $20
    Deferred payment plan fee $50
    QPR Suicide Assessment Training
    $169

       

    Credit Load and Financial assistance: Doctoral students take a minimum of 90 credits in total. Students should assume that they will take 24-30 points in the first academic year (September-May) and 6-9 points during the first summer. The remaining courses are distributed over the next 2-3 years. There are a number of financial aid resources to assist with educational costs. You will need to consult with the program faculty and the Student Aid Office to obtain information regarding these resources. The current sources of financial aid are as follows:

           
    • Teaching assistantships (4 credits, $5400) for a year;
    • Teachers College minority group, foreign student, and general scholarships;     
    • Beth and Micheal Kasser Foundation Fellowship ($20,000 - $25,000) yearly to a student in the program;
    • The Miller Scholarship, established to provide student support of approximately $4,000 yearly to a student in the program;
    •      
    • Grant support;
    •      
    • Work Study;
    •      
    • New York City
    •      
    • Board of Education Scholarship Program. Call (718) 935-2449.  Currently this internship is open to bilingual students, primarily English/Spanish (speakers of other languages are also occasionally acceptable), and African-American students;
    •      
    • Doctoral students are eligible for a Student-Grant-in-Aid toward the end of their doctoral program. Awards are available for a maximum of 2 semesters and on a first come first serve basis. These awards should be used when students are enrolled in HBSK 8900. See your advisor for details.
    •    
     
  • Internships

    Over the past 7 years (2006 to 2012) those who applied for internship have had great success. During that time 27 students entered the APPIC match and 25 obtained APA-Approved internships. The other two obtained paid school-based internships adhering to CDSPP Guidelines. Three students sought and obtained paid school-based internships adhering to CDSPP guidelines.

    Internship Placement - Table1

    Students who...

    Year Applied for Internship

    2006-

    2007

    2007-

    2008

    2008-

    2009

    2009-

    2010

    2010-

    2011

    2011-

    2012

    2012-

    2013

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    Sought or applied for internship*

     2

    100

    3

    100

    7

     100

    5

    100

    4

    100

    4

     100

    5

    100

    Obtained internships

    2

     100

     3

     100

     7

     100

     5

     100

     4

    100

     4

     100

     5

    100

    Obtained half-time internships

     0

     0

     0

    0

    0

    0

     0

    0 0

    0

     0

     0

     0

     0

    Obtained APA/CPA accredited internships

    2

    100

    2

    66

     5

     71.4

     5

    100

     3

     75

    4

    100

    4

    80

    Obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

     0

     0

     0

    0

     0

    0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

    Obtained other membership organization internships (e.g., CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

    Obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable)

     0

     0

    1

     33

     2

    28.6

    0

     0

     1

     25

    0

     0

     1

     20

    Obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA accredited (if applicable)

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     *This includes students that withdrew from the internship application process

       

    Internship Placement - Table2

    Students who...

    Year Applied for Internship

    2006-

    2007

    2007-

    2008

    2008-

    2009

    2009-

    2010

    2010-

    2011

    2011-

    2012

    2012-

    2013

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    Obtained internships

    2

     100

     3

     100

     7

     100

     5

     100

     4

    100

     4

     100

     5

    100

    Obtained paid internships

     2

     100

     3

    100

    7

    100

     5

    100 4

    100

     4

     100

     5

     100

    Obtained half-time internships (if applicable)

     0

     0

     0

    0

     0

    0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     0

     

  • Attrition

    Of the 30 doctoral students admitted in the last 7 years (2006-2012), 8 have graduated with the PhD and 19 remain in the PhD program (4 have completed all requirements but the internship and will graduate in October, 2013). Three students left without graduating (one withdrew in good standing after receiving the Ed.M., one left in good standing after the first semester to purse another career direction, one withdrew after the first semester because of poor academic performance). Our attrition rate is 10%.

     

    Year of First Enrollment

    2012-

           

    2013

    2011-

           

    2012

    2010-

           

    2011

    2009-

           

    2010

    2008-

           

    2009

    2007-

           

    2008

    2006-

           

    2007

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    N

    %

    # Year of First Enrollment

    5

    -

    5

    -

    4

    -

    5

    -

    3

    -

    4

    -

    4

    -

    # Graduated with Doctorate

    0

    -
             

    0

    -
             

    0

    -
             

    0

    -

    1

    33

    4

    100

    3

    75

    # Still Enrolled

    4

    80

    5

    100

    3

    75

    5

    100

    2

    66

    0

    -

    0

    -

    # No Longer Enrolled

    1

    20

    0

    -

    1

    25

    0

    -

    0

    -

    0

    -

    1

    25

  • Licensure

       

    Outcome

    2003-2004 to 2010-2011

    Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period

    39

    Numbers of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period

    25

    Licensure percentage

    64.10

  • Admissions

    At the beginning of the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 20 Ph.D. students in the School Psychology Program. 90% percent are female (n = 18), 70% are white (n = 14), 30% are minority (n = 6) and 10% of students (n = 2) are from a foreign country. All of the students are full time. In the last 7 years (2006-2012), the average number of applicants was 68 with a mean of 4.7 admitted, and 4.3 attending. Our average GRE was 591 for the Verbal, 713 for the quantitative, and 5.12 for writing.

    In 2012 all of our admitted students had their GRE verbal and quantitative scores reported in the new metric and so we report them here; we expect most future applicants to have the new scores. The average for all 7 years reflects the scores for each year, including 2012, as we transformed the new scores to the old metric to make all of the scores comparable.

    Ph.D. Year


    2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Average
    # of those applied 79 67 96 63 55 64 53 68

    admitted 5 5 3 5 4 6 5 4.7

    attend 4 4 3 5 4 5 5 4.3
    GRE
                scores for
                entering class
    Verbal 565 605 603 606 573 596 159.4 591

    Quantitative 688 725 710 744 720 723 153.4 713

    Writing/ Analytic 5.5 5.3 4.8 5.4 5.0 5.2 4.63 5.12
  • Accrediting Status


    If you have questions regarding the accreditation of the program by the American Psychological Association (APA) contact:

     

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

    American Psychological Association

    750 First Street, N.E.

    Washington, DC 20002-4242

    202-336-5979

    http://apa.org

     

    If you have questions regarding the accreditation of the program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) contact:

     

    National Association of School Psychologists

    4340 East West Highway

    Suite 402

    Bethesda, MD 20814

    301-657-4155

    http://www.nasponline.org

     

  • Advanced Requirements

    The program is planned in a sequence so that students are exposed to theory, research, and practice throughout their training and meet the necessary requirements for doctoral study laid out by the American Psychological Association and New York State. In addition to courses, specific program requirements include:
    • Continuous registration requirements: Ph.D. students must register each fall and spring term for doctoral dissertation advisement course (8900), following enrollment in dissertation seminar (7500; can be taken for 2 terms only), or the approval of the dissertation proposal, whichever comes first. The requirement of continuous registration stays in effect until all degree requirements are completed;
    • Pass the psychology research methods exam. This should be taken in the Fall semester of the third year of the program and must be completed by the Fall semester of the year in which the student is applying for internship (it is not given during the summer);
    • Present a conceptual review of the research literature of publishable quality in the area of the dissertation. This review should be completed during the third year of the  program and must be submitted, and approved by the dissertation sponsor and second reader, as a prerequisite to going on internship;
    • Present an empirical paper which is a report of research you have undertaken. In general, this paper is a critical analysis of the pilot study conducted preliminary to the dissertation. This must be completed prior to internship;
    • Once the research methods examination and the theoretical and empirical papers have been completed, and all courses have been completed (including internship), students are eligible for Doctoral Certification and the Masters of Philosophy degree from GSAS (the graduate school of arts and sciences).
    • Prepare a Statement of Total Program and Program Plan. These must be submitted subsequent to the 1st year of graduate study (see “The Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy” for more information);
    • The internship cannot begin until the fourth year of the program, at the earliest. In order to begin the internship, students need to have an approved dissertation proposal (this assumes that the theoretical and empirical papers have been completed) and must have passed the research methods examination. The director of the Ph.D. program will sign students’ internship application forms if they have completed the research methods exam and the theoretical paper and have collected and analyzed the data for their empirical paper. Students applying to APA/APPIC approved internships must have completed these requirements by the beginning of November (internship applications are typically due by mid-November). Students applying to non-APA/APPIC approved internships must have their theoretical and empirical papers completed by April 15 or before they accept an internship offer, whichever comes first. Note: Even though the director of the Ph.D. program will sign internship applications before the proposal hearing is completed, it does not absolve students of the responsibility of having their proposal hearing by the end of the spring term before internship;
    • Students must be enrolled in Dissertation Seminar (HBSK 7503) during the semester in which they plan to have their dissertation proposal approved. The dissertation seminar can be taken for a second semester if approval does not occur during the first semester. HBSK 7503 can be taken for two semesters only. Students must sign up for HBSK8900 in all subsequent semesters even if the proposal hearing has not taken place. Students must have an approved proposal prior to the internship;
    • Dissertation proposal hearing. When the student and dissertation advisor have agreed on a proposal for dissertation research, a proposal hearing will be scheduled. The members of the reviewing group will include the student's dissertation committee (his or her dissertation advisor, plus one other faculty member) and one additional faculty representative of the psychology faculty (psychology faculty are represented across departments at Teachers College). Students must submit the proposal to Professor George Gushue 3 weeks in advance of the date requested for a proposal hearing. Professor Gushue assigns the third member of the committee;
    • Advanced Seminar. When the student has completed the collection of data, with the advisor's approval, the student will request that an Advanced Seminar be scheduled. The purpose of the Advanced Seminar is for the committee to review data and the analyses so that problems can be resolved and additional data collected, and analyses conducted, if necessary, before the Dissertation Defense; and
    • Dissertation Defense. Ph.D. students must be enrolled in TI 8900 in the semester in which they plan to defend their dissertation. See the Teachers College catalog for the current fee for TI 8900. For all other requirements, see the Ph.D. requirements bulletin which is available at the Office of Doctoral Studies (1st floor of Horace Mann). Be sure to read and follow the procedures carefully.