School Psychology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology


For Fall 2021 admissions, the TC School Psychology programs have retained use of GRE scores. In the United States and in most countries, the GRE is generally available for taking at home (see https://www.ets.org/gre/) as well as at some test centers. We understand that this availability is not present for all students everywhere. If a prospective student has any questions regarding the GRE requirement, they may contact the TC Office of Admission at admission@tc.columbia.edu.

 

The Ph.D. program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of our program contact:

Jacqueline Remondet Wall, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association 
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979; http://www.apa.org

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

Natalie Politikos, Ph.D.
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway
Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-4155
http://www.nasponline.org

Our Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 90 points. 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 five years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year, a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation. The program can be completed in 5.2 years (enter in September of Year 1, graduate in October of Year 5 as internships end on either June 30 or August 31 and the next graduation date is early October) 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, for many years, all students have completed 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. Some students have chosen to do a third externship if they are specializing in intellectual disabilities/autism or child neuropsychology. The third externship increases competitiveness in the internship match and postdoctoral competition. The 4th and 5th (or 6th) years are devoted to dissertation and internship.

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Admissions Information

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Certification

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  • NY State Provisional: School Psychology

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): December 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): December 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation must be academic

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., 90 points)

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 five years of full-time attendance, including summers. This includes three years of coursework, a two-semester externship in the third year, a full-year internship during the fifth year, and a dissertation.

Suggested sequence of courses by year and semester:

First Year

Fall (15 credits)

  • HBSK 4025

3

Professional and Ethical Functions of School Psychologists

  • HBSK 5320

3

Individual Psychological Testing I*

  • HBSE 4015

3

Applied Behavior Analysis

  • HBSK 5378

3

Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment of School

Subject Difficulties*

  • HBSK 4073 3 Childhood Disorders

  • HBSK 657_  0 Research Practicum Spring

  • HBSK 5321  3 Individual Psychological Testing II*

  • HUDM 4122 3   Probability and Statistical Inference (most semesters)

  • HBSK 6380  3 Practicum in Psychoeducational Assessment with Culturally Diverse Students

  • HBSK 5050

3

Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions

  • HBSK 657_

0

Research Practicum

Summer

  • HUDM 5122 3 Applied Regression Analysis (most semesters)

  • ORL 5362 3 Group Dynamics: A Systems Perspective (most semesters)

  • BBS 5068 3 Brain and Behavior I and II

Second Year

Fall

  • ORLJ 5040

3

Research Methods in Social Psychology

  • HBSK 5280

4

Fieldwork in School Psychological Services

  • HBSK 6584

3

Seminar: School Psychology Consultation

  • HBSK 6382

3

Advanced Practicum in Psychoeducational Interventions in

Schools

   
  • HBSK 657_

0

Research Practicum

Spring

  • BBS5068(9) 3 Brain & Behavior I & II

  • HBSK 657_ 0 Research Practicum

  • HUDM 5123 3 Linear Models and Experimental Design

  • HBSK 5280 4 Fieldwork in School Psychological Services

  • HBSK 6362 3 Group Work Children & Adolescents

  • HBSK 4030 3 Multicultural Issues in School Psychology Summer

  • HUDM 5059 3 Psychological Measurement

Third Year

Fall

HBSK 5271

2

Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice

(Section 1)

   

HBSK 657_

0

Research Practicum

HBSK 5031

3

Family as the Context for Child Development

HUDK 6520

3

Seminar in Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Spring

HBSK 5096

3

Psychology of Memory: Cognitive and Affective Bases

HBSK 5271

2

Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice

(Section 1)

HBSK 5273


1


Supervised Experience in Supervision

HBSK 657_

0

Research Practicum

Summer

  • CCPX 6020  3 History and Systems of Psychology


Fourth Year

Fall

  • HBSK 7503 1 Dissertation Seminar**

  • HBSK 5271 0 Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice (Section 2)

Spring

ORLJ 5540

3

Proseminar in Social Psychology

HBSK 5271

0

Supervised Externship in Psychoeducational Practice

(Section 2)

   

HBSK 8902

0

Dissertation Advisement

Fifth Year

  • HBSK 6480 0 School Psychology Internship

  • HBSK 8902 0 Dissertation Advisement

  • 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.

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