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Degree Requirements > Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

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Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

Our American Psychological Association  (APA)- and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)- accredited doctoral program (Ph.D.) requires a minimum of 90 points. Students may have to complete courses in addition to those included in the curriculum if their advisor deems it necessary (e.g., an extra statistics course). Attainment of the doctoral degree prepares students for certification as a school psychologist and licensure as a psychologist. On average, doctoral students should plan on 5-6 years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year (though some students may chose to complete a 2nd or 3rd externship in the fourth or fifth year of the program), a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation. 

Suggested sequence of courses by year and semester:

First Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 4025 Professional and ethical functions of school psychologists
  • HBSK 4072 Theory and techniques of reading assessment and intervention
  • HBSK 5320 Individual psychological testing I*
  • HBSK 5378 Practicum in psycho-educational assessment of school subject difficulties*
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578    Research in applied educational psychology         
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference

Spring

  • HBSK 4073 Childhood disorders*
  • HBSK 5321 Individual psychological testing II*
  • HBSK 6380 Practicum in psycho-educational assessment with culturally diverse students
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology*                       
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis
  • ORL 5362 Group dynamics: A systems perspective

Summer

  • HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design
  • HBSK 6584 Seminar: School psychology consultation.

 Second Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5050 Therapueutic interventions for school psychologists
  • HBSK 5070 Neural bases for language and cognitive development
  • HBSK 5280 Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6382 Advanced practicum in psycho-educational interventions in schools
  • HBSK 6570- HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology                          
  • ORLJ 5040 Research methods in social psychology                   

Spring

  • CCPJ 6362 Group practicum
  • HBSK 5031 Family as a context for child development
  • HBSK 5280 Fieldwork in school psychological services
  • HBSK 6383 Neuropsychological assessment of children and adults*
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology                  
  • HBSK 4030 Multicultural issues in school psychologyy

Summer

  • CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology, or
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory
  • HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement

Third Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 5085 Observing and assessing preschool children
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psycho-educational practice   
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology
  • ORLJ 5540 Proseminar in social and organizational psychology

Spring

  • HBSK 4074 Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills
  • HBSK 5051 Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice    
  • HBSK 5273 Supervised experience in supervision
  • HBSK 6570-HBSK 6578 Research in applied educational psychology*                   

Summer

  • CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology, or       
  • HBSK 5096 The psychology of memory                 

Fourth Year:

Fall

  • HBSK 7503 Dissertation seminar: Schooling and reading**
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice
  • HUDK 6520 Seminar in lifespan developmental psychology

Spring

  • HBSK 8902 Dissertation advisement: Schooling and reading
  • HBSK 5271 Supervised externship in psychoeducational practice

 Fifth Year:

  • HBSK 6480 School psychologist internship
  • HBSK 8902 Dissertation advisement: Schooling and reading

* Includes a lab that is not part of the scheduled time for the course. Lab times are usually decided on a group-by-group basis once lab supervisors are assigned (HBSK 5321 is an exception with a scheduled lab).

** If the student has a proposal hearing after one semester of HBSK 7503, s/he must enroll in HBSK 8902. HBSK 7503 cannot be taken more than twice.

There are many opportunities for fieldwork and internship experiences in the New York City area including public schools, residential schools, and hospitals.