Psy.D. Program in School Psychology

 

School Psychology(Psy.D.)

The School of Psychology offers two tracks for the school psychology doctoral degree: a five year full-time program for applicants with a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and an advanced program for those who already have a master’s degree and the certification in school psychology.

School Psychology(Five-year Psy.D.)

The five-year school psychology doctoral program is an integration of theoretical and foundational knowledge and applied professional training for those committed to working with children and adolescents in school and school-related setting. The program’s goal is to prepare individuals to assume leadership positions within school, school-related and academic setting. The program prepares students for certification in school psychology and eligibility for license as psychologist.

            The program is full-time program. Classroom experiences are integrated with field-based experiences in a multitude of settings, beginning in the first semester of study. Classes are held in late afternoon and evening, providing ample opportunity for practicum and research. The program’s electric orientation and wide range of course work provides education in research, consultation, assessment, prevention, program evaluation, neuropsychology and psychopharmacology. There are opportunities for students to work closely with program faculty to develop specialized areas of interest and research. During their fourth year of study, students are expected to complete a doctoral dissertation in the form of an original clinical investigation, a form of an original clinical investigation, a program evaluation, case study or meta-analysis. Students are also expected to comprehensive examination and the PRAXIS exam in school psychology.

            The program culminates (fifth year) in a yearlong internship in a school or related clinical setting. Students are encouraged to apply for APA-approved internships. Stipends supporting half tuition are available for highly qualified students. The granting of a tuition stipend requires a commitment of 12 hours per week as a research assistant.

            This program is offered under the auspices of the School of Psychology, University College: Arts . Sciences . Professional Studies, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey.          

Admission Requirements and Information

To apply for the five-year Psy.D. in school psychology program, check the FDU website (www.fdu.edu), call or write to the School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, N.J., 07666-1914, (201) 692-2301.          

            Applications for admission to the five year program should be submitted no later than February 15. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space-available basis only. Should an individual not yet be qualified for the Psy.D. Program, that application will automatically be reviewed for the M.A. plus certification program.

            Applicants to the five-year Psy.D. Program should hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or related field with at least 18 credits in psychology beyond general psychology.

            Applicants to the program must submit:

•      A completed FDU Psy.D. Application for Admission.

•      Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.

•      Official report of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)scores for the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology.

•      Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.

•      A typed statement of professional interests and goals.

•      Applicants will be selected, based on credential review, for a personal interview.

•      Transfer credits will be handled individually by the Program Committee

Requirements for the Psy.D. Degree( Five-year Program)

First Semester

 

 

PSYC6111

Theories of Personality

3

PSYC6121

Statistics and Professional Methods

3

PSYC6651

Ethics and Professional Practice in School and School Psychology

3

PSYC7819

Introduction to School Learning Problems I

3

 

Practicum in Schools I

3

Second Semester

 

 

PSYC6115

Child Psychopathology

3

PSYC6129

Research Methods and Psychometrics

3

PSYC7124

Developmental Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYC7820

Introduction to School Learning Problems II

3

 

Practicum in School II

3

Third Semester

 

 

EDUC6743

Introduction to Students with Learning Disability in School And Community

3

PSYC7615

Child Assessment I with Practicum

3

PSYC7815

Child Assessment with Practicum

3

PSYC8910

School-based Consultation with Practicum

3

 

Practicum in Schools III

3

Fourth Semester

 

 

PSYC7125

Applied Social Psychology

3

PSYC7825

Child Neuropsychology

3

PSYC8725

Prevention and Intervention with Children and Adolescents

3

PSYC8815

Child Assessment III with Practicum

3

 

Practicum in Schools IV

3

Summer Session

 

 

PSYC8128

Psychopharmacology

3

Fifth Semester

 

 

PSYC8130

Pediatric Psychology

3

PSYC6116

History and Systems

3

PSYC7145

Issue and Techniques in Research and Evaluation

3

PSYC8720

Seminar in Child Adolescent Assessment

3

PSYC9175

Field-Based Externship (Practicum V)

3

Sixth Semester

 

 

PSYC7146

Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation II

3

PSYC8721

Seminar in Child Adolescent Interventions

3

PSYC8951

Administration and Supervision

3

PSYC8930

Advanced Consultation

3

PSYC9176

Field-Based Externships (Practicum VI)

3

Summer Session

 

 

PSYC7133

Learning, cognition and emotions

3

Seventh and Eighth Semester

 

 

PSYC8112

Dissertation Seminar

6

PSYC9150

Internship Seminar

6

PRAXIS exam must be taken prior to graduation.

*Students may choose to postpone internships seminar until the 5th year. The 4th year may be used for dissertation. The goal would be dissertation completion prior to or in conjunction with internship

Advanced PSY.D. School PSychology

Fairleigh Dickinson University's advanced Psy.D. program in School Psychology is an innovative, applied professional psychology program that leads to the Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree.

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 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 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).  

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, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and council of Directors of School Of Psychology Programs. Students also are encouraged to apply for American Psychological Association HYPERLINK "http://http/www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/intern.html/"(APA) - approved internships.

Admission Requirements and Information

To apply for the Psy.D. in school psychology program, write to the School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, N.J. 07666-1914, or call (201) 692-2301 for an application. Applications for admission should be submitted no later than March 1. Applications received after that date will be considered  only on a space-available basis.

            Applicants to the advanced Psy.D. in school psychology program should hold a master’s degree and certificates in school psychology. Candidates who are not certified school psychologists will be required to take the necessary course work and field experience to obtain certification prior to admittance into the doctoral program.

Applicants to the program must submit:

•      A completed FDU Psy.D. Application for Admission.

•      Transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended.

•      Official report of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)scores for the General Test and the Subject Test in Psychology.

•      Three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.

•      A typed statement of professional goals.

•      A representative work sample of current professional skills (e.g., psychological testing report, consultation or therapy summary, etc.).

•      Applicants will be required to complete a personal interview.

•      Transfer of graduate credits to this program is handled individually by the program director.

Requirements for the advanced Psy.D. Degree

First Year

 

 

Fall Trimester

 

 

PSYC7145

Issues and techniques in research and Evaluation I

3

PSYC7651

Seminar in Profeddional School Psychology Practice and Ethics

3

PSYC8720

Seminar on Child/Adolescent Assessment

3

Spring Trimester

 

 

PSYC7146

Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation II

3

PSYC8721

Seminar in Child/Adolescent Intervention

3

PSYC8930

Advanced Consultation for School Psychology

3

Summer trimester

 

 

PSYC8128

Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

3

PSYC8131

Special Topics in School Psychology

3

Second Year

 

 

Fall Trimester

 

 

PSYC6116

History and Systems

3

PSYC8130

Pediatric Psychology

3

PSYC9125

Advanced Practicium I (School Psychology)

3

Spring Trimester

 

 

PSYC8112

Dissertation Seminar (School Psychology)

3

PSYC8951

Administration and Supervision in School Psychology

3

PSYC9126

Advanced Practicum II (School Psychology)

3

Summer Trimester

 

 

PSYC8110

Dissertation (School Psychology)

3

PSYC8140

Seminar in School Change

3

Third Year

 

 

Fall Trimester

 

 

PSYC9115

Dissertation Maintenance (School Psychology)

3

PSYC9150

Internship (School Psychology)

3

Spring Trimester

 

 

PSYC9115

Dissertation Maintenance (School Psychology)

3

PSYC9150

Internship (School Psychology)

3