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Department of Psychology

Course Requirements

School Program Course Requirements

The School Psychology Training Program Committee has designed the Ph.D. curriculum in accord with various requirements of licensing and national credentialing agencies.  

The curriculum is comprised of three basic areas: (I) School Psychology core courses, (II) General Psychology core courses, (III)  Electives.

Requirements for the Doctoral degree include:
  • Required coursework (78-81 hours, as specified below)
    Dissertation credit (12 hours)
  • Internship credit (2 hours)
  • Doctoral Program of Study
  • Admission to doctoral candidacy
  • Successful completion of the written comprehensive exam
  • Successful completion of the oral comprehensive exam
  • Successful completion of the dissertation and defense
  • Internship

Didactic Courses: (Some didactic courses involve practicum components)
           PSYC 701       Behavioral Assessment and Intervention with Children/Youth
           PSYC 714       Psychoeducational Assessment of Children I
           PSYC 715       Psychoeducational Assessment of Children II
           PSYC 725     Systems and Theories of Psychological Intervention
           PSYC 742       Consultation and Systems Interventions
           PSYC 841A     Introduction to Psychosocial Intervention
           PSYC 832A     Introduction to School Psychology
           PSYC 840       Seminar in Professional School Psychology
           PSYC 850       Academic Intervention
Practica and Internship:
           PSYC 782       Child/Family Practicum
           PSYC 830       Advanced Child/Family Practicum (1-2 credits)
           PSYC 832B     Practicum in School Psychology (2 semesters, 6 credit hours total)
           PSYC 832C     Practicum in School Psychology (2 semesters, 6 credit hours total)
           PSYC 865        Internship in School Psychology [1 hour each semester]

Statistics (6 hours):
            PSYC 709      Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data I
            PSYC 710      Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data II

 Research (3 hours plus master’s thesis and dissertation):
            PSYC 772       Research Approaches to Human Behavior
            PSYC 799       Thesis Preparation (6 credits)
            PSYC 899       Doctoral Research and Dissertation Preparation (12 hours)

Learning/Cognition (2-3 hours):
            PSYC 702B     Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
            PSYC 702D     Basics of Learning & Motivation

Psychopathology (3 hours):
            PSYC 726       Psychological Problems and Resilience

Social/Organizational/Cultural (3 hours):

            PSYC 749       Principles of Human Diversity
Physiological/Neuropsychological (2-3 hours):
            PSYC 507       Cognitive Neuroscience (School section only)
            PSYC 702A    Foundations of Neuroscience

Developmental (3 hours):
            PSYC 820    Foundations of Developmental Psychology

Clinical Practicum Option
It is strongly recommended that students have at least one 3-hour clinical practicum experience. Courses that qualify for this option consist of (a) applied work in areas such as child and family therapy, psychotherapy, health psychology, or neuropsychology with (b) regular supervision by a psychology faculty member.  The purpose is to provide students with applied, supervised experience in a specialized area. The faculty supervisor must be qualified in the particular area of assessment/intervention.  Examples of practicum courses include:
            PSYC 841C    Adv Practicum in Psychological Assessment/Intervention
            PSYC 782       Child and Family Therapy Practicum
            PSYC 784       Clinical Health Psychology Practicum
            PSYC 830       Advanced Practicum in Child and Family Therapy

Quantitative Psychology Electives
Statistical course requirements are minimal. It is strongly recommended that students take one or more advanced quantitative courses (e.g., HLM, SEM, multivariate) beyond program requirement to further their research skills within their chosen specialty area.


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