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Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

  • 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.  Some students have chosen to do a third externship if they are specializing in intellectual disabilities/autism or child neuropsychology. Though they may take an extra year (6.2 years to completion), the third externship increases competitiveness in the internship match and postdoctoral competition.

    Please see the table below for more detailed information about PhD students' time to completion from 2007-2013:

  • Program Cost and Financial Assistance



    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 (2007 to 2013) 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.


  • Attrition

  • Licensure

  • Admissions

    At the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year,  there were 19 students in the program.  Approximately 89% are female (n = 17), 68% are white (n = 13), 32% are minority (n = 6) and 10% (n = 2) are from a foreign country. One student is disabled (1%). All students are full-time. For the last 7 entering classes (2007-2013), the averages for critical admission variables using the old scale are: GPA (3.53), GRE-V (595), GRE-M (718), and GRE-W (5.0). For the new scale: GRE-V (159) and GRE-M (156). Over the same period, our admissions statistics for the Ph.D. program are an average of 67 applications per year with 4.8 admitted and 4.4 attending. 

  • 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



    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



  • 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 Program Plan. It 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 in the Registrar's Office. Be sure to read and follow the procedures carefully.