Psy.D. Program in School Psychology


Fairleigh Dickinson University's doctoral program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that leads to the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. The program is offered through the School of Psychology, a unit of University College: Arts · Sciences · Professional Studies, and is based on FDU's Teaneck-Hackensack Campus.

The program's emphasis is on providing students with practical skills directly applicable to their daily work with children, youth and families. Established in the fall of 1997, the program is designed to meet the specific accreditation standards of the American Psychological Association (APA); plans call for the pursuit of APA-accreditation at the earliest possible date. FDU's other doctoral program -- the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology -- is fully accredited by the APA, and students in the PsyD. program in School Psychology share many of the same courses and learning experiences.

The Psy.D. in School Psychology builds upon the master's degree training and experiences of each student. Its goal is to prepare professionals who will be leaders in the design, evaluation, provision and supervision of comprehensive mental health and psychoeducational services to children, youth and families.

The curriculum includes the following course work:

  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Contemporary Issues in School Psychology
  • Ethnic Diversity and Sociocultural Issues
  • Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
  • Child Neuropsychology
  • Seminar in Research and Evaluation
  • Supervision and Administration of Psychological Services
  • Advanced Seminar in Intervention
  • Community Psychology
  • Speciality Sequence

The program prepares students for eligibility for New Jersey licensure as a psychologist as well as state and national certification as a school psychologist. Graduates are able to practice in a wide variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics, child and family agencies, pediatric hospitals, vocational and rehabilitation agencies, educational programs in business and industry, juvenile justice facilities, colleges and universities, and private practice.

This is a year-round, full-time program, although it is possible to both work and pursue the degree, since classes are held in late afternoons and evenings. The vast majority of Psy.D. students work as full time school psychologists in schools in close geographical distance to FDU. Individuals entering the program with school psychology certification typically complete the course work portion of the program in two years (including summer sessions). Please see the check sheet.  

After completing the required course work, students undertake a research project equivalent to a doctoral dissertation. The research project may be in the form of an original applied clinical investigation, program evaluation, case study, meta-analysis, or validation of a test or clinical procedure.

The program culminates in a year-long internship that can be arranged in a variety of educational and behavioral health care settings that meet the standards set forth by the APA and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Students also are encouraged to apply for American Psychological Association (APA) - approved internships.